Sunday, December 2, 2018

Tom Perrotta's ten desert island books

Tom Perrotta is the bestselling author of nine works of fiction, including Election and Little Children, both of which were made into Oscar-nominated films, and The Leftovers, which was adapted into a critically acclaimed, Peabody Award-winning HBO series. His other books include Bad Haircut, The Wishbones, Joe College, The Abstinence Teacher, Nine Inches, and his newest, Mrs. Fletcher.

In 2017 he shared his ten favorite books at One title on the list:
The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne

I hated this in high school, because I was young and couldn’t see myself or my world in the story of Hester Prynne. But then I reread it a few years ago, and realized that it contained a blueprint for the sexual revolution, the eternal clash between unruly desire and oppressive social convention. It’s all right here.
Read about the other entries on the list.

The Scarlet Letter is among Harold Bloom's 6 favorite books that helped shape Harold Bloom's "the American Sublime," Gabe Habash's ten biggest book-to-film flops, Sara Maitland's top ten books of the forest, Susan Cheever's six favorite Massachusetts books, John Mullan's ten of the best reformations in literature, and Paul Auster's five most important books.

Also see Tom Perrotta's 6 favorite funny books.

--Marshal Zeringue