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Books make great gifts!

Writing teachers and other writing experts believe that one of the best ways to learn how to write well is to read good writing. So, welcome to my online bookstore of favorite contemporary writers and their novels!

Here you can find novels I've enjoyed and appreciated. I haven't added any new authors or novels here for quite some time. But I still recommend these!

Paul Auster

bullet Moon Palace
bullet Leviathan
bullet The Music of Chance--Pen/Faulkner Award, 1991
bullet Oracle Night

Russell Banks

bullet Rule of The Bone
bullet Affliction--Pen/Faulkner Award, 1990; National Book Critics Circle Award, 1989
bullet The Sweet Hereafter
bullet Continental Drift
bullet The Darling

Dave Barry

A novelist? Well, he contends he's a humor writer and not a journalist, "and I'm not making that up!"

line Dave Barry Does Japan
line Dave Barry's Book of Bad Songs
line Claw Your Way to the Top: How to Become the Head of a Major Corporation in Roughly a Week
line Dave Barry Turns 50

Philip Caputo

bullet A Rumor of War (a memoir of his Vietnam experience, not a novel)
bullet Indian Country
bullet Exiles: Three Short Novels
bullet Equation for Evil

David James Duncan

bullet The River Why

John Fowles

bullet The Magus
bullet The Collector
bullet The French Lieutenant's Woman
bullet Daniel Martin
bullet A Maggot
bullet Mantissa

David Guterson

bullet Snow Falling on Cedars--Pen/Faulkner Award, 1995
bullet Our Lady of the Forest

Jon Hassler

bullet North of Hope
bullet Dear James
bullet Simon's Night
bullet A Green Journey
bullet Rookery Blues
bullet The Dean's List
bullet The Love Hunter

Nick Hornby

bullet High Fidelity
bullet About a Boy
bullet How to be Good

John Irving

bullet The Cider House Rules
bullet The World According to Garp--National Book Award, 1980
bullet The Hotel New Hampshire--National Book Award, 1982
bullet The Water-Method Man
bullet A Widow for One Year
bullet Setting Free the Bears
bullet The 158-Pound Marriage
bullet The Fourth Hand

Toni Morrison--Nobel Prize for Literature, 1993

bullet Song of Solomon
bullet Beloved--Pulitzer Prize for Literature, 1988; National Book Critics Circle Award, 1987; National Book Award, 1987

Haruki Murakami

bullet Norwegian Wood
bullet Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World
bullet A Wild Sheep Chase
bullet The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
bullet Dance, Dance, Dance: A Novel
bullet South of the Border, West of the Sun
bullet Sputnik Sweetheart--"An agonizing, sweet story about the power and pain of love. ... Immensely deepened by perfect little images that leave much to be filled in by the reader's heart or eye."--The Baltimore Sun

John Nichols

The novels below are volumes I, II and III of Nichols' New Mexico Trilogy.

line The Milagro Beanfield War
line The Magic Journey
line Nirvana Blues

Tim O'Brien

bullet The Things They Carried--National Book Critics Circle Award, 1990
bullet In the Lake of the Woods
bullet Going After Cacciato--National Book Award, 1979
bullet Northern Lights
bullet The Nuclear Age
bullet Tomcat in Love
bullet July, July

Tom Robbins

bullet Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
bullet Jitterbug Perfume
bullet Another Roadside Attraction
bullet Skinny Legs and All
bullet Still Life with Woodpecker

Philip Roth

bullet The Human Stain
bullet American Pastoral

Richard Russo

bullet Straight Man
bullet Nobody's Fool
bullet The Risk Pool
bullet Empire Falls

Tim Sandlin

The first three novels below are volumes I, II and III of Sandlin's GroVont Trilogy.

line Skipped Parts
line Sorrow Floats
line Social Blunders
line Honey Don't

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Updated July 10, 2012.