6 Writers Reveal the Books That Changed Their Lives
Best-selling writers share the titles that transfixed, transported and transformed them.
1. Colson Whitehead, The Underground Railroad
"I was in seventh grade, and we were reading a short-story anthology for kids that excerpted the 'Battle Royal' section from Invisible Man. I remember thinking, 'Now, here's a weird black guy writing weird stories.... I'm a weird black guy, and maybe I can write weird stories, too!'"