Dani Shapiro's Top Ten List

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    Dani Shapiro (born 1962) is a bestselling American novelist and memoirist. Her memoir Slow Motion: A Memoir of a Life Rescued by Tragedy (1998) focuses on the challenges she faced after dropping out of Sarah Lawrence College – trying to work as a model and actress in New York, being kept as a mistress by an older man, using drugs – and the change inspired by her parents’ car accident. Her other memoirs are Devotion (2010), in which she draws on her Orthodox Jewish background and other sources to ponder the meaning of life at mid-life, and Still Writing: The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life (2013). Her novels include Family History (2003), which tells the story of a family beset by an unspeakable tragedy, and Black + White (2007), about a daughter who flees from then years later reunites with her famous mother who is dying of cancer. To learn more, visit her official website.

    1. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf (1925).
    2. Stop-Time by Frank Conroy (1967).
    3. Saturday by Ian McEwan (2005).
    4. Sleepless Nights  by Elizabeth Hardwick (1979).
    5. Speedboat by Renata Adler (1976).
    6. The Furies by Janet Hobhouse (1993).
    7. Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter (2013).
    8. Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates (1961).
    9. Daniel Deronda by George Eliot (1874–76).
    10. Runaway by Alice Munro (2004).

    New List

    Top Ten African-American Works

    1. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison (1952).
    2. Beloved by Toni Morrison (1987).
    3. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison (1977).
    4. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (1937).
    5. Native Son by Richard Wright (1945).
    6. A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry (1959).
    7. Another Country by James Baldwin (1962).
    8. Cane by Jean Toomer (1923).
    9. Lucy by Jamaica Kincaid (1990).
    10. Manchild in the Promised Land by Claude Brown (1965).



     

    Classic List

    Mary Gaitskill

    1. Ulysses by James Joyce (1922).
    2. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov (1955).
    3. Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov (1962).
    4. Bleak House by Charles Dickens (1853).
    5. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert (1857).
    6. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf (1927).
    7. Gusev by Anton Chekhov (1860–1904).
    8. Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie (1904).
    9. Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol (1842).
    10. The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo (1831).

     





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