“Read Everything You Can, All the Time” Says Jeanne Ray

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A Few Favorites from Jeanne Ray

I started reading very early with Nancy Drew and Cherry Ames. As I matured, I liked biographies of famous women, and I still enjoy gossipy memoirs by local famous women.

I loved Diana Athill’s memoir, Somewhere Towards the End, and Carolyn G. Heilbrun’s The Last Gift of Time: Life Beyond Sixty.

I’ve read everything about and by the Mitford sisters. My all-time favorite writers are Charles Dickens, Evelyn Waugh, and Graham Greene.

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My other favorite authors include Ann Patchett, Margaret Atwood, Gale Godwin, Annie Dillard, Gabriel García Márquez, Dave Eggers, Steven King, and Sylvia Plath.

I recently read a few creative and remarkable novels: Jane Gardam’s Old Filth, Kevin Wilson’s The Family Fang, Pat Barker’s Regeneration trilogy about World War I, and Jeannette Haien’s The All of It.

My motto: read everything you can, all the time.

Jeanne Ray is a nurse living in Nashville, Tennessee, and the author of the New York Times bestselling novel Julie and Romeo. She is the mother of the novelist Ann Patchett. Calling Invisible Women is available in paperback from Broadway wherever books are sold March 19, 2013. Visit Jeanne online on Facebook and Goodreads.

About Kira Walton

Kira Walton

KIRA WALTON has been stalking books all her life as a college English teacher, bookseller, book club consultant, author, and editor.

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