Posted by: Jeanie F | July 9, 2010

Favorite Authors???

Crazy- for – Books hosts the Book Blogger Hop, a great way to learn about and visit new blogs.

This week she asks that we list our favorite authors and tell why they make the cut. This is tough for me – I like so many authors for certain times in my life, or particular books that they’ve written. Some come and go; a handful seem to have real staying power for me, so I guess I’ll list them. Just be aware that this is a very limited selection from a very long list . . .

Wallace Stegner

Stegner is a master at two things that are most important to me in great literature – he captures the feel of time and place, and he knows the depths of the human heart. As a Californian, I appreciate his clear depiction of the West, never more beautifully portrayed than in his masterpiece, Angle of Repose. In Crossing to Safety, he came as close to capturing the intricacies of marriage as any author I’ve ever read. And, of course, his early recognition of man’s impact on the environment takes him beyond the literary appreciation of the world, into the literal.

Toni Morrison

Is there another living writer who uses language and imagery as masterfully as Morrison? Her ability to show us the dark side of the human character without pathos or sentimentality , to shine the light on human strength and honor without stereotype, puts her in my “life list” of favorite authors.

TC Boyle

I don’t know what to say about Boyle except that he’s never written anything I didn’t love. My dream would be to have dinner with him and find out if his thinking is as clear and quirky in real life as it is in fiction!

John Steinbeck

Grapes of Wrath, East of Eden, The Winter of Our Discontent, Of Mice and Men . . . ‘nough said!


  1. Whoa, you have seriously good taste. 🙂 I loved Wallace Stegner’s Angle of Repose, but I’ve never gotten back to his fiction. Thanks for bringing him to mind again!

    Hopping by,


  2. Found you on the Hop. Hope you have a fantastic weekend. If you get a chance, hop by my blog and say hello.

  3. Toni Morrison – great choice.

  4. Nice choices! I like your blog title, it says it all for me. 🙂

  5. Hi… I found your blog through book blogger hop 🙂

    I haven’t read anything by the authors that you like, I’ll keep my eyes open for them

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