He describes Number One on his list as: "The great American novel, which just happens to be from South America."
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Patterson tags two additional titles in other categories:
A Certified Important Book you haven't read:--Marshal Zeringue
OK, you got me — I've never read Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret.
The book you care most about having your children read:
Maximum Ride. I want young Jack to know what his dad does at the office, and, hopefully, to be proud.