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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."

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Friday December 7th 2007, 11:07 AM
Comment by: Rolo J C.
The Mosquito coast...brings back childhood memories of seeing harrison Ford as the wandering Pops, fleeting across my Tv Screen by means of the now forgotten VHS format...Never considered the origin of that movie though, until now. So, what the whatever - as they say in some cultures; it sounds like another mark on my check-list; a christmas gift to self.....


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