The Moviegoer, by Walker Percy
“I read this book when I was a kid and was mesmerized by its subtle grace. A simple tale about a week in the life of a New Orleans stockbroker, it poked and pried at the essential questions we wrestle with, such as ‘Why are we here?’ and ‘How are we supposed to live our lives?’ It made me want to be a writer.”
Recommended by Walter Isaacson, the chief executive officer of the Aspen Institute and the author of biographies of Steve Jobs ($35, amazon.com), Albert Einstein ($19, amazon.com), and Benjamin Franklin ($19, amazon.com).
To buy: $15, amazon.com.