This week on Top Ten Tuesday we're looking at authors on our auto-buy list. I'm going to attempt to think outside of the box and come up with non-obvious choices...because you already know I'd be ALL OVER a lost Hemingway or Steinbeck or Fitzgerald or Faulkner manuscript...Plus I'm really trying to make an effort to get into contemporary work as well. I like thrillers, biographies, and bookish books, which is primarily what I stuck with on this list.
1. Harper Lee. If she ever wrote anything else, I would totally buy it. I know she has not published in 1961, but she is still living, so it's possible.
2. Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Absolutely! His writing is so wonderful that I want to consume everything he's written. Even though many think that Memories of My Melancholy Whores will be his last work, I am still holding out hope.
3. Donna Tartt. I really enjoyed The Secret History. I haven't yet read her other novel, The Little Friend, but I really want to. I think I heard from somewhere (probably Twitter) that she's coming out with a new book in the near future, which is really exciting!
4. Gillian Flynn. I loved Gone Girl! I think that she weaves together a really interesting plot with lots of twists and turns, which I recently discovered I like. I know she has two other books out, so I will definitely be getting to them in the very near future, plus anything else she produces.
5. David McCullough. What? I have an MA in history, so I like history books. Whatever. I think he writes a really good biography that is easily accessible for the regular reader, which is really important when you're writing history outside of academia. I think he picks really interesting topics to write about and I want to read more.
6. Ashley Judd. I don't know if she'll write more or not. But as she gravitates away from acting, I really hope she does. I loved reading her first memoir and I think she could make great additions to non-fiction work as her non-Hollywood career takes off.
7. Paula McCain. I am loving The Paris Wife so far. She also has two other books out that I really want to get to soon. I hope that they're as engaging as this novel is.
8. Rebecca Wells. Her Ya-Ya Sisterhood books are pretty much a yearly reread for me. I love her characters. I love her style. I love her ability to write in several voices. I read her non-Ya-Ya novel and loved it too. I hope she writes more.
9. Carlene Bauer. Frances and Bernard was just beautiful. I think this is another author who can masterfully navigate multiple voices, not that I necessarily think she should do another epistolary novel, but I think she can do great things.
I'm tapped at nine. I can totally accept that most of the authors I like to read are dead and aren't really producing much more at this point. But I am trying to broaden my horizons and like contemporary work, even branching out into a genre I never would have expected to like.