Beach reads don’t have to be new best sellers or formulaic romances. In fact, summer is the perfect time to dig deep into books, classics and otherwise, you’ve missed. We asked exemplary authors in particular fields to recommend the books that matter most to them—the ones they keep going back to and, in many cases, that made them want to write. Their literary mix tapes, of a sort.
Suggestions from Booker Prize–winner Peter Carey.
Picks from the genre's visionary, William Gibson.
Kathryn Harrison shares her favorites.
SNL writer Simon Rich tells us what makes him laugh.
Favorites from the owner of the Mysterious Bookshop.
Best-selling author Rebecca Skloot gives us some ideas.