Indie bookseller James Mustich offers a list of 1,000 great books to get lost in. This reading list will spark a vigorous discussion about any personal favorites! Mustich appears in conversation with Chicago Tribune literary editor Elizabeth Taylor.
Encompassing fiction, poetry, science and science fiction, memoir, travel writing, biography, children’s books, history, and more, 1,000 BOOKS TO READ BEFORE YOU DIE moves across cultures and through time to present an eclectic collection of titles, each described with the special enthusiasm readers summon when recommending a book to a friend.
The book’s alphabetical listing by last name results in the serendipity of juxtaposition—Cormac McCarthy’s "The Road" next to Robert McCloskey’s "Make Way for Ducklings," John le Carré next to Ursula K. Le Guin next to Harper Lee. Following each entry are rich endnotes that include publication dates and preferred editions, other books by the same author, related books to try, and listings of worthy adaptations, including movies and audiobooks. In total, more than six thousand titles by thirty-five hundred authors are recommended.
James Mustich began his career in bookselling at an independent book store in Briarcliff Manor, New York, in the early 1980s. In 1986, he co-founded the acclaimed book catalog, "A Common Reader," and was for two decades its guiding force. He subsequently has worked as an editorial and product development executive in the publishing industry.
Elizabeth Taylor is Literary Editor of the Chicago Tribune. She joined the Tribune in 1996, after spending 13 years as a Correspondent with Time Magazine, based in New York, then Chicago. She served as Editor of the Sunday Magazine from 1998 until it ceased publication in 2009.