50 Great Books That Will Change Your Life
“I first read this collection in the early 1990s. Culled annually from magazines, the anthology was my introduction to legends of the short-story form—John Updike, Joyce Carol Oates, as well as then-newcomers Lorrie Moore and Charles D’Ambrosio. I was amazed by the ability of these writers to bring a page alive with sly humor and perfect sentences. To this day, I still consider the anthology the ideal place to discover a new writer or remember why I love one to begin with.”
Recommended by Curtis Sittenfeld, the author of four novels, including Prep ($15, amazon.com) and the forthcoming Sisterland ($27, amazon.com).
To buy: $15, amazon.com.