Books we love
Patricia Wood's Reads
When we asked Patricia Wood, author of the novel Lottery, what she reads to inform her writing, she replied: "It is so difficult for me to choose -- I have so many favorites that continually rotate depending on what I need as a writer." Patricia graciously suggested these books: (Thanks, Patricia!)
The Mosquito Coast by Paul Theroux. "About a man who takes his family to the wilds of Central America as told by the young son. A great story using an unforgettable narrator. As a writer, I study this book repeatedly for characterization."
The Alchemist by Paul Coelho. "A deceptively simple parable that I can re-read and re-read. It continually reminds me what the qualities of an enduring story are."
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. "I had never read this children's classic before and now I'm glad I did -- it's a reminder that you can learn much from looking at older works for inspiration."
The Penny Tree by Holly Kennedy. "I read new contemporary women's fiction so I know what everyone's reading. Or I'll pick up a mystery or thriller or maybe even science fiction or fantasy. I think to be exposed to all genres only makes your writing richer."