An interview with John Grisham

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Long Story Short with John Grisham
By Emma Cubellis|September 13, 2019

When describing your identity, does the word “reader” find a place on that list? Ours, too. Which is why we’re so fascinated by the reading habits, histories, and preferences of other readers. Long Story Short offers a glimpse into authors’ lives as readers — from the people who helped them fall in love with reading to their all-time favorite books. Read on for this week’s installment of Long Story Short with bestselling author John Grisham, whose new book, The Guardians, hits shelves October 15.

  1. The person who helped me fall in love with reading was: my mother. She did not like television, so I grew up in a home filled with library books.

  2. One book I love to give as a gift is: Okay this might sound a bit self-centered, but I kept about 100 first editions of A Time to Kill. They are quite rare. Once or twice a year I give one as a gift.

  3. If I could write like one other author, it’d be John Steinbeck, my all-time favorite because: he wrote about the little guy, and he did so with such clarity.

  4. One book I think deserves more attention is The Little Drummer Girl by John le Carré because: I love the book, and it had a profound impact on me as a writer, and it is still timely.

  5. The friends I always turn to for reading recommendations is Talmage Boston because: he’s a lawyer/writer in Dallas and reads everything. And my wife, Renee. We compare notes on books everyday.

  6. If I’m not enjoying a book, I put it down — too many books, too little time. I will give any book I start 50 pages to hold my attention. Sometimes 100. After that, I will happily toss it and pick up the next one in my pile.

  7. One book that absolutely shocked me was American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins because: I just read an advanced copy. The book will be published in January. It is the astonishing story of a mother and child fleeing Mexico and trying to get to the border.

  8. My favorite place to read is: On the porch, in the summer, with coffee in the morning and wine in the afternoon.

  9. If I could only read one book for the rest of my life, it’d be: Why would I want to do that?

  10. The book I’m currently reading is: The Border by Don Winslow, and the aforementioned American Dirt, and Race Against Time by Jerry Mitchell.

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