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Great writers are great readers. And they have amazing stories to tell. Not just about the books they write, but about the books they read. 

Anne Strainchamps and the producers behind “To the Best of Our Knowledge” have been asking authors for years to tell a story about that one book that left a mark. A book they can’t forget. A book that changed everything.

Now they’re sharing these stories with you, delivered in a weekly micro-podcast. New bite-sized episodes every Friday.

Learn more at ttbook.org/bookmarks.

Latest Episodes

Malcolm Gladwell on 'When Police Kill'

Over the years, author, journalist and podcaster Malcolm Gladwell has written about some notorious cases of police brutality, including the deaths ofAmadou Diallo, the African immigrant who was shot 41 times by New York police officers when he reached for his wallet to show them his ID, andSandra Bland,the black woman who died in a jail cell after being arrested for a routine traffic violation. Gladwell is famous for mining behavioral science for his work — including his books "The Tipping Point" and "Outliers," and his podcast "Revisionist History" — and when it comes to understanding the intersection of crime, violence, and policing, he turns again and again to criminologist Frank Zimring. A law professor at the University of California, Berkeley, Zimring has had a long academic career examining policing, gun violence, crime rates, and the social factors that interact with each of them. In 2017, he published a book called "When Police Kill," one that Gladwell believes is especially important to read asthe police killing of George Floydsparks debates about defunding police departments. —This author recommends— When Police Kill —More from this author— Interview: 'Why Do Police Do Traffic Stops?' Journalist Malcolm Gladwell On Rethinking Law Enforcement

3 minJUN 19
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Malcolm Gladwell on 'When Police Kill'

Robert Macfarlane on 'The Living Mountain'

Nature writer and adventurer Robert Macfarlane has given away one book more than any other volume. It's "The Living Mountain," by Scottish writer and poet Nan Shepherd. —This author recommends— "The Living Mountain" —More from this author— Interview: Why We're Drawn To Darkness

4 minJUN 5
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Robert Macfarlane on 'The Living Mountain'

Stanley Crouch on 'Reasons of State'

For decades, Stanley Crouch has cut a singular path through American culture. Once an aspiring jazz musician and later a noted cultural critic, he was friends with Ralph Ellison and Albert Murray, and later an intellectual mentor to Wynton Marsalis. For all of his intellectual virtuosity, we were still surprised to discover the book that Crouch wanted to recommend: Alejo Carpentier’s “Reasons of State.” —This author recommends— Reasons of State —More from this author— Interview: Stanley Crouch on 'The Artificial White Man: Essays on Authenticity'

3 minMAY 30
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Stanley Crouch on 'Reasons of State'

Chris Ware on 'Society is Nix'

When he’s not drawing, Chris Ware likes to read and look at vintage comics. He highly recommends a book that defies even his powers of description — a folio-sized reproduction of some of America’s first newspaper cartoons, made long before super-heroes and adventure stories took over the medium. Back then, he says, the medium could be anything — and was. —This author recommends— Society is Nix: Gleeful Anarchy of the Dawn of the American Comic Strip 1895-1915 —More from this author— Interview: Chris Ware on his graphic novel 'Building Stories'

3 minMAY 22
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Chris Ware on 'Society is Nix'

Cheryl Strayed on 'Love & Terror on the Howling Plains of Torment'

Cheryl Strayed’s "Wild" is one of the most famous wilderness memoirs of our time. She especially appreciates writers who combine honesty with emotional intensity — writers who reveal themselves unflinchingly on the page. She recommends a memoir by the writer Poe Ballantine. —This author recommends— Love and Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere: A Memoir —More from this author— Interview: Cheryl Strayed on Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail

3 minMAY 15
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Cheryl Strayed on 'Love & Terror on the Howling Plains of Torment'

Orhan Pamuk on 'Anna Karenina'

The Turkish writer and Nobel laureate says hisfavorite novel — the 800-plus-page Russian novel bursting with characters living the life of imperial Russian society — is a complex miracle of a book. —This author recommends— Anna Karenina —More from this author— Interview: Orhan Pamul on 'Snow'—Sonic Sidebar: Orhan Pamuk on The Arabian Nights—Interview: Orhan Pamuk on Fundamentalist Islam—Interview: Why Write? Nobel Prize-Winner Orhan Pamuk Offers His Take—Interview: Istanbul with Orhan Pamuk

3 minMAY 8
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Orhan Pamuk on 'Anna Karenina'

Jacqueline Woodson on 'If Beale Street Could Talk'

The author of "Another Brooklyn" recommends a James Baldwinnovel she says belongs on everyone's bookshelf. —This author recommends— If Beale Street Could Talk (Vintage International) —More from this author— Interview: Four Girls Growing Up In 'Another Brooklyn'

3 minMAY 1
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Jacqueline Woodson on 'If Beale Street Could Talk'

Kazuo Ishiguro on 'Prayers for the Stolen'

Famed novelist Kazuo Ishiguro recommends “Prayers for the Stolen,” by Jennifer Clement —a harrowing tale about young children who are abducted in the midst of Mexican drug wars. —This author recommends— Prayers for the Stolen —More from this author— Interview: Kazuo Ishiguro on 'Never Let Me Go'—Interview: Kazuo Ishiguro on 'The Buried Giant'

3 minAPR 24
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Kazuo Ishiguro on 'Prayers for the Stolen'

Ruth Ozeki on 'Kamikaze Diaries'

For her own book, author Ruth Ozeki drew from “Kamikaze Diaries,” a collection of writings left behind by the young soldiers who died on suicide missions. They represent a generation of brilliant, highly educated young students who were conscripted into the army and ordered not just to kill but to die. —This author recommends— Kamikaze Diaries: Reflections of Japanese Student Soldiers —More from this author— Interview: A Diary Becomes A Time Capsule

3 minAPR 17
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Ruth Ozeki on 'Kamikaze Diaries'

Petina Gappah on 'Persuasion'

Author Petina Gappah recommends a book she explains is “The most African of Jane Austen’s novels.” Her reason why is a look at women in African today told through the eyes of two novelists: a Zimbabwean in 2020 and English woman in 1818. —This author recommends— Persuasion —More from this author— Interview: The Empire Writes Back: Author Discusses Explorer David Livingstone's Complicated Legacy

3 minAPR 10
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Petina Gappah on 'Persuasion'

Latest Episodes

Malcolm Gladwell on 'When Police Kill'

Over the years, author, journalist and podcaster Malcolm Gladwell has written about some notorious cases of police brutality, including the deaths ofAmadou Diallo, the African immigrant who was shot 41 times by New York police officers when he reached for his wallet to show them his ID, andSandra Bland,the black woman who died in a jail cell after being arrested for a routine traffic violation. Gladwell is famous for mining behavioral science for his work — including his books "The Tipping Point" and "Outliers," and his podcast "Revisionist History" — and when it comes to understanding the intersection of crime, violence, and policing, he turns again and again to criminologist Frank Zimring. A law professor at the University of California, Berkeley, Zimring has had a long academic career examining policing, gun violence, crime rates, and the social factors that interact with each of them. In 2017, he published a book called "When Police Kill," one that Gladwell believes is especially important to read asthe police killing of George Floydsparks debates about defunding police departments. —This author recommends— When Police Kill —More from this author— Interview: 'Why Do Police Do Traffic Stops?' Journalist Malcolm Gladwell On Rethinking Law Enforcement

3 minJUN 19
Comments
Malcolm Gladwell on 'When Police Kill'

Robert Macfarlane on 'The Living Mountain'

Nature writer and adventurer Robert Macfarlane has given away one book more than any other volume. It's "The Living Mountain," by Scottish writer and poet Nan Shepherd. —This author recommends— "The Living Mountain" —More from this author— Interview: Why We're Drawn To Darkness

4 minJUN 5
Comments
Robert Macfarlane on 'The Living Mountain'

Stanley Crouch on 'Reasons of State'

For decades, Stanley Crouch has cut a singular path through American culture. Once an aspiring jazz musician and later a noted cultural critic, he was friends with Ralph Ellison and Albert Murray, and later an intellectual mentor to Wynton Marsalis. For all of his intellectual virtuosity, we were still surprised to discover the book that Crouch wanted to recommend: Alejo Carpentier’s “Reasons of State.” —This author recommends— Reasons of State —More from this author— Interview: Stanley Crouch on 'The Artificial White Man: Essays on Authenticity'

3 minMAY 30
Comments
Stanley Crouch on 'Reasons of State'

Chris Ware on 'Society is Nix'

When he’s not drawing, Chris Ware likes to read and look at vintage comics. He highly recommends a book that defies even his powers of description — a folio-sized reproduction of some of America’s first newspaper cartoons, made long before super-heroes and adventure stories took over the medium. Back then, he says, the medium could be anything — and was. —This author recommends— Society is Nix: Gleeful Anarchy of the Dawn of the American Comic Strip 1895-1915 —More from this author— Interview: Chris Ware on his graphic novel 'Building Stories'

3 minMAY 22
Comments
Chris Ware on 'Society is Nix'

Cheryl Strayed on 'Love & Terror on the Howling Plains of Torment'

Cheryl Strayed’s "Wild" is one of the most famous wilderness memoirs of our time. She especially appreciates writers who combine honesty with emotional intensity — writers who reveal themselves unflinchingly on the page. She recommends a memoir by the writer Poe Ballantine. —This author recommends— Love and Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere: A Memoir —More from this author— Interview: Cheryl Strayed on Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail

3 minMAY 15
Comments
Cheryl Strayed on 'Love & Terror on the Howling Plains of Torment'

Orhan Pamuk on 'Anna Karenina'

The Turkish writer and Nobel laureate says hisfavorite novel — the 800-plus-page Russian novel bursting with characters living the life of imperial Russian society — is a complex miracle of a book. —This author recommends— Anna Karenina —More from this author— Interview: Orhan Pamul on 'Snow'—Sonic Sidebar: Orhan Pamuk on The Arabian Nights—Interview: Orhan Pamuk on Fundamentalist Islam—Interview: Why Write? Nobel Prize-Winner Orhan Pamuk Offers His Take—Interview: Istanbul with Orhan Pamuk

3 minMAY 8
Comments
Orhan Pamuk on 'Anna Karenina'

Jacqueline Woodson on 'If Beale Street Could Talk'

The author of "Another Brooklyn" recommends a James Baldwinnovel she says belongs on everyone's bookshelf. —This author recommends— If Beale Street Could Talk (Vintage International) —More from this author— Interview: Four Girls Growing Up In 'Another Brooklyn'

3 minMAY 1
Comments
Jacqueline Woodson on 'If Beale Street Could Talk'

Kazuo Ishiguro on 'Prayers for the Stolen'

Famed novelist Kazuo Ishiguro recommends “Prayers for the Stolen,” by Jennifer Clement —a harrowing tale about young children who are abducted in the midst of Mexican drug wars. —This author recommends— Prayers for the Stolen —More from this author— Interview: Kazuo Ishiguro on 'Never Let Me Go'—Interview: Kazuo Ishiguro on 'The Buried Giant'

3 minAPR 24
Comments
Kazuo Ishiguro on 'Prayers for the Stolen'

Ruth Ozeki on 'Kamikaze Diaries'

For her own book, author Ruth Ozeki drew from “Kamikaze Diaries,” a collection of writings left behind by the young soldiers who died on suicide missions. They represent a generation of brilliant, highly educated young students who were conscripted into the army and ordered not just to kill but to die. —This author recommends— Kamikaze Diaries: Reflections of Japanese Student Soldiers —More from this author— Interview: A Diary Becomes A Time Capsule

3 minAPR 17
Comments
Ruth Ozeki on 'Kamikaze Diaries'

Petina Gappah on 'Persuasion'

Author Petina Gappah recommends a book she explains is “The most African of Jane Austen’s novels.” Her reason why is a look at women in African today told through the eyes of two novelists: a Zimbabwean in 2020 and English woman in 1818. —This author recommends— Persuasion —More from this author— Interview: The Empire Writes Back: Author Discusses Explorer David Livingstone's Complicated Legacy

3 minAPR 10
Comments
Petina Gappah on 'Persuasion'
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