And two books that are not so important to her:
A classic that, on rereading, disappointed:Lippman described Number One on her list:
The Catcher in the Rye, by J. D. Salinger. As an adult, I have no use for it.
A Certified Important Book you haven't read:
Proust's Remembrance of Things Past. It was one of only three novels I packed for a three-month fellowship in Mexico. I don't think I ever got past page three.
I began reading this at 12 because I had inferred that it was very dirty. I think I was 19 by the time I identified the dirty parts, and by then I no longer cared. My favorite novel, hands down.Try to guess the title before reading more about Lippman's list at Lit Lists.
Laura Lippman's most recent novel, What the Dead Know, is enjoying terrific reviews.
The Page 69 Test: What the Dead Know.