If I could have dinner with any author, past or present, it would be Mark Twain. What an incredible character. He was more fantastic than any character in a book. He'd been all over the world at a time when travel was difficult, and met people of all backgrounds, rich, poor, famous, powerful, destitute, and so on. He was intelligent, funny, and incredibly witty. Who better to enjoy a meal with?
Kim Oswald Fortuna, CA
If I could invite anyone to my book club, it would probably be Spanish artist Salvador Dali. In addition to the fact that I'm an obsessive artist who reveres his work, I am intrigued by his intuitive and tenacious nature in creating visual art representative of psychoanalysis and the unconscious brain. A book we could discuss would be FIGHT CLUB by Chuck Palahniuk.
Lucas Novak Santa Barbara, CA
Which characters did I get really attached to? Actually, there's a few of them! George RR Martin wrote A Game of Thrones. I even liked the bad guys!
Donna Denn Dublin, TX
My favorite bookstore? Mean Jeanine's Bookshop in Denver, Colorado.
Alicia W. Denver, CO
My favorite place in my region is my local Borders. Its become a meeting ground for our friends to share new books, congregate before dinner and grab a cocoa or latte as we head off to our favorite sections and browse. I've found books I would have normally missed while meandering my way thru the aisles in search of one I wanted, or in search of my group. I also appreciate how many of the bookstores are jumping on the bandwagon and placing 'search' computers thru-out the store. Having tried to ask others for that book "umm i don't know the title or the author but it is blue and about a dog" and getting a confused look (hey it could be any book), I enjoy the chance to search myself.
Crystal Gannon Philadelphia, PA
As a resident of Metropolitan Detroit, I would suggest the book to be read is "The Dollmaker" by Harriette Arnow. I recently finished this historical novel which beautifully tells the story of the impact upon the City of Detroit and a family of the Kentucky Hills at the end of world war II. Very worthwhile read!
Laurie Blum Farmington Hills, MI
My guilty pleasures, at least when it comes to reading, are vampire stories. It can be short stories, novels, anything. It's been a fixation since about the sixth grade, when I first read Dracula. I read Interview With A Vampire when it first came out in the 70s and was released only in paperback. We have pictures of me in the dressing room getting ready for my sister's wedding -- reading Salem's Lot. It doesn't matter how campy or how well crafted -- I'll read anything vampire. I even went to a college at Transylvania University (seriously, it's a small liberal arts college in Lexington, Kentucky and predates Bram Stoker's novel). It's an addiction. I have a whole bookshelf of vampire books. I can't believe I just wrote this where people who don't know me can read it.
Charla Jane Hylton Winchester, KY
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