Five Most Important Books ...
A LIFE IN...
Books: Joshua Ferris
Published Aug 30, 2008
From the magazine issue dated Sep 8, 2008
The novelist, 34, made a splash in 2007 with his debut novel, " Then We Came to the End, " a mordantly funny tale of American office culture during the Internet boom-and-bust of the late 1990s. It was chosen as a finalist for the National Book Award. His picks:
My Five Most Important Books
1. "Sylvester and the Magic Pebble" by William Steig. My father read this to me until I was too old, around senior year of college.
2. "Pale Fire" by Vladimir Nabokov. Asks: is it such a crime for a lonely bachelor to install two Ping-Pong tables in his basement?
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