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Meg Wolitzer’s 10 Favorite Books

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Bookseller One Grand Books has asked celebrities to name the ten titles they’d take to a desert island, and they’ve shared the results with Vulture. Below is The Female Persuasion author Meg Wolitzer’s list.

To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
$15 at One Grand Books

This novel is just astonishing in its depth and reach and beauty. There is really nothing else like it, and no matter how many times I read it I find myself shocked at what Woolf was able to do.

Ariel by Sylvia Plath
$16 at One Grand Books

These poems, most of which were written in the last months of Plath’s life, remain startling, muscular, a true achievement.

Sula by Toni Morrison
$15 at One Grand Books

A strong, short, devastating novel that explores a female friendship and examines trauma as it informs and alters people’s lives.

Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx by Adrian Nicole LeBlanc
$18 at One Grand Books

The title lays out the contents of this masterful, groundbreaking work of immersive journalism that took over a decade to write, and is always absorbing.

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark
$15 at One Grand Books

A droll, precise novel about a charismatic teacher and her group of favorite students. Witty, chilling, divine.

The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
$11 at One Grand Books

A great social novel that feels shockingly contemporary as it confronts ideas of class. (Also, it must be said that Wharton’s novels are so deeply pleasurable.)

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
$16 at One Grand Books

This first-person dystopian narrative is disarming, chatty (for a while), and ultimately crushingly sad in its inevitability.

Mrs. Bridge by Evan S. Connell
$17 at One Grand Books

A perfect 1959 character study of a Kansas City housewife before WWII. Sad, funny, wry, and simply brilliant. I press this book on everyone I meet, because I love it so much.

Dubliners by James Joyce
$14 at One Grand Books

This collection, which includes the masterpiece “The Dead,” is sweeping as well as specific about all the lives within it. Favorites include the much-read “Araby,” and also the perfect, subtle, devastating short-short, “Clay.”

The Member of the Wedding by Carson McCullers
$10 at One Grand Books

A lushly written coming-of-age novel that also has much to say about race, death, loneliness.

Meg Wolitzer’s 10 Favorite Books