The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles

The Sheltering Sky
313 pages; HarperCollins
This is one of the most visual books I've ever read. I just felt as if I was witnessing every scene firsthand, and my imagination was painting the most colorful pictures of North Africa, the caf├ęs and the desert. I remember that when I read it, I was completely taken away from my life. Actually, I think this was one of the books Ethan [Hawke] gave me.
— Gwyneth Paltrow