Monday, April 06, 2009

Richard Price's five most essential books

Richard Price's novels include the national best-sellers Freedomland, Clockers, which was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and 2008's brilliant Lush Life.

In 1999 he received an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His fiction, articles and essays have appeared in Best American Essays 2002, the New York Times, the New York Times Book Review, The New Yorker, Esquire, The Village Voice and Rolling Stone. Price has also written numerous screenplays, including Sea of Love, Ransom and The Color of Money.

He told Newsweek about his five most essential books. And addressed two related issues:
A book you hope parents read to their kids:

"Call of the Wild" by Jack London. Because it's starkly beautiful.

A classic book you've never read:

"Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen. Because it was forced on me in school.
The Call of the Wild also appears among the top 10 snow books and top 10 tales of metamorphosis.

Read more about Richard Price's five most essential books.

--Marshal Zeringue