As vacationers pack their bags with summer reading, we asked 12 writers to answer the question: “What book by an American author should everyone read?”
The list they gave us spans classics and brand-new releases, poetry and fiction, canon writers and up-and-comers.
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The Grapes of Wrath
By John Steinbeck
Set against an environmental disaster and weaving together soulless banks, corporate con men and immigrant bashers, Steinbeck’s searing portrait of an American family in ruin feels remarkably relevant just now.
Warrick’s most recent book is Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS.