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Subject: What is the best book written by your favorite authors?
Date Posted: 10/8/2008 11:43 AM ET
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So many books and so little time!

Please recommend what you would consider the "one" best book by your favorite authors.  Only ONE book per author (that can be a hard choice to make) but please list as many authors as you like.

Example - Jodi Picoult - MY SISTERS KEEPER.  Harlan Coben - TELL NO ONE.  Chris Bohjalian - MIDWIVES

What are your favorites?

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Date Posted: 10/8/2008 12:36 PM ET
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Robert A. Heinlein - The Moon is a Harsh Mistress

Joe Haldeman - Tool of the Trade

Orson Scott Card - Lost Boys


Edited to include all authors I have read at least five books by:

Michael Crichton - State of Fear

Poul Anderson - Agent of the Terran Empire

William Shakespeare - Twelfth Night (OK, not a book, but still a significant work)

Timothy Zahn - The Icarus Hunt

Isaac Asimov - A Whiff of Death

Patrick F. McManus - They Shoot Canoes, Don't They?

Robert Jordan - The Eye of the World

Robert K. Tanenbaum - No Lesser Plea

Madeleine L'Engle - A Wrinkle in Time

Tanya Huff - Blood Price

Dave Barry - Big Trouble

Greg Bear - Vitals

Roger Zelazny - Nine Princes in Amber

J.K. Rowling - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Kurt Vonnegut - Cat's Cradle

Piers Anthony - The Magic of Xanthe

Jerry Ahern - The Ninety-Nine

Stephen King - The Gunslinger

Honorable Mention for Alfred Bester's The Stars My Destination  I have only read three of his novels, but I think that's all he wrote, besides some short stories.

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Jennifer Crusie - Bet Me

Philippa Gregory - The Other Boleyn Girl

Billie Letts - Where the Heart Is

James Patterson - Kis the Girls

Nicholas Sparks - Nights in Rodanthe

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Jodi Picoult - My Sister's Keeper

Dean Koontz - Watchers

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Anne Rivers Siddons-Downtown

Maeve Binchy-Firefly Summer

Anne Tyler-A Patchwork Planet

(I like almost all books by these authors but we can only choose one)!

Carolly Erickson-her bio of Queen Victoria

Rose Tremain-Music And Silence

Michael Ruhlman-The Making Of A Chef

Margaret George-The Memoirs Of Cleopatra

Diana Gabaldon-Outlander (first in the series)

Norris Church Mailer-Windchill Summer

Elizabeth Jane Howard-The Light Years (this is a series, The Light Years is the first and the one I enjoyed the most)

Lorna Landvik-Your Oasis On Flame Lake

Billie Letts-Where The Heart Is

Tracy Kidder-Among Schoolchildren

Stephen King-(hard choice here), but I think it'd have to be Bag Of Bones




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Jennifer Weiner~ Good in Bed

Jennifer Greene~ Jemima J

Christopher Buckley~ Thank You for Smoking

Christopher Moore~ Lamb

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Agatha Christie- And Then There Were None

Charles Dickens- Our Mutual Friend

Dan Simmons- The Terror

Stephen King- The Stand

JK Rowling- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Jane Austen- Pride & Prejudice

H.G. Wells- The Island of Dr. Moreau

Date Posted: 10/8/2008 4:02 PM ET
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Tough one!


Master of the Game - Nelson DeMille

Charm School - Nelson DeMille

Book of Bright Ideas - Sandra Kring

Any Bitter Thing - Monica Wood


I am sure there are many more but these come to mind right away.

Date Posted: 10/8/2008 4:09 PM ET
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Audrey Niffennegger - The Time Travellers Wife

Anya Seton - The Winthrop Woman

James Michner - Hawaii

Dean Koontz - Lightning

Stephen King - Pet Cemetary

Ann Rule - Small Sacrafices

Lalita Tademy - Cane River

Philippa Gregory - The Boleyn Inheritance

John Grisham - A Time to Kill

Anne Rice - The Vampire Lestat

Victoria Holt - On the Night of the Seventh Moon

Marlys Milhiser - The Mirror

Rosemary Hawley Jarman - The Kings Grey Mare

That's all I can think of at the moment.

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Stephan King---The Stand

Philippa.Gregory---The Other Boleyn Girl

Bertrice Small---Beloved

Terry Brooks---The Sword of Shannara

JK Rowling---Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Anne Rice---Interview With A Vampire

Fern Michaels---Vegas Rich

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Gabriel Garcia Marquez-  One Hundred Years of Solitude

John Grisham - A time to Kill


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Robert Ludlum - The Aquitaine Progression

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This is a question that takes some thinking!

A Prayer For Owen Meany...John Irving

Beach Music.....Pat Conroy

My Sister's Keeper...Jodi Picoult


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I won't go so far as to single out one favorite author, but Toni Morrison's SONG OF SOLOMON is pretty damn astonishing, and I don't like any of her other books.
Date Posted: 10/9/2008 8:55 AM ET
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Stephen King - Hearts in Atlantis

John Irving - The Cider House Rules

Laurie Notaro - We Thought You'd Be Prettier

Augusten Burroughs - Dry

Wally Lamb - I Know This Much Is True


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robert mccammon - swan song

irvine welsh - trainspotting

chuck palahniuk - choke

marguerite henry - king of the wind


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Anne Tyler : The Accidental Tourist


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Jodi Picoult - Songs of a Humpback Whale

Ann Rule - Small Sacrifices

Ellen Hopkins - Burned

Maeve Binchy - Scarlet Feather

Diane Chamberlain - The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes

Ira Levin - Sliver

Joy Fielding - Heartstopper

Beverly Lewis - The Covenant

Nick Hornby - High Fidelity

John Grisham - The Firm

Elizabeth Berg - Durable Goods

Jennifer Weiner - Good In Bed

Haven Kimmel - A Girl Named Zippy

Anne Tyler - Ladder of Years

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Anne Rice - Queen of the Damned (or Blackwood Farm - sorry... with so many I can't pick just one!!)

Stephen King - The Stand

Dean Koontz - Fear Nothing

Tami Hoag - Guilty as Sin

Subject: So many books, so little time!!!!
Date Posted: 10/11/2008 2:55 AM ET
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Jeffrey Deaver - The Bone Collector

Patricia Cornwell - Body Farm

Rebecca Drake - The Next Killing

J.T. Ellison - All the Pretty Girls

Anne Frasier - Play Dead

Lisa Gardner - The Perfect Husband

Kay Hooper -  Stealing Shadows

Iris Johansen - Blind Alley

Lisa Jackson - Almost Dead

Alex Kava - Perfect Evil

John Lutz - Fear of Night

Cody McFadyen - Shadow Man

Phillip Margolin - Lost Lake

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Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni--Queen of Dreams

Tracy Chevalier--the Virgin Blue

Edith Wharton--Custom of the Country

Date Posted: 10/12/2008 12:44 AM ET
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Rudyard Kipling - Kim

Terry Pratchett - Nation

Jane Austin - Pride & Prejudice

Georgette Heyer - The Masqueraders

Dorthea Warren Fox - Miss Twiggley's Tree (and this was my husband's favorite book also when he was young, so I married the right man)

Dorothy Sayers - Gaudy Night

Neil Gaiman -  Stardust

Robert Heinlen - The Moon is a Harsh Mistress

Felix Salter - Bambi

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Richard Russo - Empire Falls

Richard Wright - Black Boy

Pat Conroy - The Prince of Tides

Elizabeth Berg - Talk Before Sleep

Barbara Kingsolver - Animal Dreams

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni - The Mistress of Spices

Philip Roth - My Life as a Man

Saul Bellow - Herzog

Louisa May Alcott - Little Men

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