Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Most important books: Patricia O'Toole

Patricia O'Toole is the author of When Trumpets Call: Theodore Roosevelt After the White House, Money and Morals in America: A History, and The Five of Hearts: An Intimate Portrait of Henry Adams and His Friends, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

She told Newsweek about her five most important books.

And about two other books in related categories:

An Important Book I haven't read:

The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad. Conrad gets my prize for Least Seductive Great Writer. I did see the movie. Does that count?

A book I hope parents will read to their children:

Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson. With his crayon and his imagination, Harold is able to remake the world — a wonderful possibility for 2-year-olds (and their parents) to entertain.

Read more about Patricia O'Toole's most important books.

--Marshal Zeringue