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Bookmark This: What Books Are You Thankful For?

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, the PEN Center USA staff selected the books for which they are most grateful. Find out which books made the cut and join in on the conversation! What are the books that have made an impact on you?
Grant Hutchins
Hamlet by William Shakespeare
“Not Shakespeare's best play, but the most fathomless (in both senses of the word) protagonist ever written. There's nothing like it.”



Libby Flores
Anagrams by Lorrie Moore
“These emotive, irrational, funny, and irate characters illustrated to me as a writer how tenderness can be written into pain. ”





Daniel Lisi
Drunks and Other Poems of Recovery by Jack McCarthy
"This book gave me an invaluable and life-changing insight on addiction and recovery."






Michelle Meyering
American Primitive by Mary Oliver
“This book of poems taught me how to write with a gentle hand, how to trust my reader, and—above all—how rooted our human experience is in nature. I'll be forever grateful for it and for Mary.”




LIlliam Rivera
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
“I first read this book when I was twelve, and I still keep coming back to it every year. It’s the ultimate dysfunctional ‘family’ story.”






Adam Somers
On the Road by Jack Kerouac
“I read this when I was fifteen and it changed my life.”






Stacy Valis
The Family of Man by Edward Steichen
“As a young photographer, this book, with its theme of commonality among people from all over the world, had a huge impact on me. It reinforces the power of the image to inspire unification, change, joy, sadness, love.”