She named a short list of favorite books for The Week magazine which included these two titles:
English Passengers by Matthew KnealeRead about all six titles on Shriver's list.
This novel follows the hapless mid-19th-century journey of a ship bound for Tasmania in search of the original Garden of Eden. It’s wonderfully wicked about religion, and it’s hilarious.
Paris Trout by Pete Dexter
Dexter writes about race and bigotry without the moral obviousness that this subject matter often elicits. His tone is terse and muscular, but not pose-y and tough-guy.
Shriver's last novel, We Need to Talk About Kevin, was the winner of the 2005 Orange Prize.