Favorite Books with Susan Stamberg

June, 2001 -- As the summer reading season begins, NPR Special Correspondent Susan Stamberg talks with authors about the books they most prize. Every week in June, we heard Stamberg's author interviews on Morning Edition. Read the transcript of Susan's live chat about summer books from June 27.

Interviews in this series:

June 5, Barry Lopez
June 12, Francesca Lia Block
June 20, Paule Marshall
June 26, Walter Mosley

Barry Lopez
Author Barry Lopez


On June 5, Stamberg spoke with Barry Lopez, author of Arctic Dreams and the recent Light Action in the Caribbean. Lopez' favorite book is Herman Melville's classic, Moby Dick. He's such a fan that on trips around the world, he buys it over and over, in different editions and translations.



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Francesca Lia Block
Francesca Lia Block
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On June 12, Stamberg spoke with Francesca Lia Block, whose "magic-realist" works include the popular Weetzie Bat series and The Rose and the Beast. Block's favorite book is One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. It has, she contends, arguably "the best first line" of any novel ever written.



audio buttonHear Block read excerpts from One Hundred Years of Solitude.

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Paule Marshall
Author Paule Marshall
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On June 20, Stamberg talks with Paule Marshall, author of six books including Brown Girls, Brownstones and The Fisher King. Marshall's favorite book: Maud Martha, by Gwendolyn Brooks.


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Walter Mosley
Author Walter Mosley
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On June 26, Stamberg's guest is Walter Mosley, author of the Easy Rawlins mystery series and, new this month, the novel Fearless Jones. Mosley tells us what he loves to read: poetry by T.S. Eliot.

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