Uwem Akpan

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1. Uwem Akpan
Jesuit priest and author of the Oprah's latest book club pick Say You're One of Them (Little, Brown).

I act most like myself... when I'm with my friends.

I feel most like myself... when I'm in Ikot Akpan Eda, Nigeria, the village where I was born. See an interactive map of Africa

I feel least like myself... when I'm angry.

Keep Reading: Akpan reveals how inspiration works in mysterious ways

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Anne Lamott

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2. Anne Lamott

Author of Bird by Bird, Traveling Mercies, and Imperfect Birds (Riverhead), out in April.

I look most like myself...in worn jeans and a tight-ish white T-shirt.

I act most like myself...at church, overeating after worship.

I feel most like myself... lying in bed on Sunday mornings with the dogs and the cat, reading The New York Times.

I feel least like myself...when I have to socialize with people I do not know.

Keep Reading: Just how do you find your own calling? Lamott talks about where to start

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Mary Karr

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3. Mary Karr
Poet, memoirist, and Guggenheim Fellow, whose latest memoir, Lit (Harper), comes out this month.

I look most like myself...in a piece of couture garb that I got at a sample sale.

I act most like myself...all the time. I'm doomed to act like myself, even when it's inconvenient!

I feel most like myself...walking in New York.

I felt least like myself...when I drank and did drugs.

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Junot Diaz

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4. Junot Díaz
2008 Pulitzer Prize winner for The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Riverhead).

I look most like myself...when I'm wearing my black, nerdy engineering glasses.

I act most like myself...when I'm in my hometown, Santo Domingo. I try to get there about five times a year.

I feel most like myself...after I run—I go out for five miles every morning.

Keep Reading: How pigheaded determination propelled Díaz to write

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