In the opening interview with James Crumley, Craig McDonald writes:
As Dennis Lehane confided to me in April 2003, speaking for himself and fellow crime authors George Pelecanos and Michael Connelly, "I think it's funny we all hold the same book in a certain high regard, which is James Crumley's Last Good Kiss."
I don't find it strange at all. I've always got my eye peeled for those books respected writers admire in common. Under The Volcano is an example: almost every serious literary writer I've met has not only read it but studied it carefully. Get a group of literary writers together, I guarantee you that they've all read that book.
And today I was reminded of another: Love, Loss and What I Wore. This is a small book, published by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill in 1995. It's never been on a best-seller list; I don't think the author has ever been on Oprah. But, if you scratch an editor, agent, or writer who loves delightful books, you'll find a fan of Ilene Beckerman.
Thus it was with great delight I saw this announcement on Publishers Marketplace today:
Antiques Roadshow author Carol Prisant's DOG HOUSE (pitched as in the tradition of Love, Loss, and What I Wore) a memoir of a 42 year marriage and the 9 dogs that sustained it, to Megan Newman at Gotham, for publication in summer 2010, by Emma Sweeney at Emma Sweeney Agency (NA).
What are your benchmark books- the ones that make you happy to find fellow devotees?