What was your favorite book as a child?
If it wasn't age-appropriate, I wanted to read it. I got busted in sixth grade for reading Erica Jong's Fear of Flying.
Classic that you've never read?
Jane Eyre. But it's our next book-club pick.
How about one that you've never read but pretended you did?
Oh, Jane Eyre. [Laughs] Heart of Darkness, too. I despised it. So I just read the CliffsNotes, and my 10th-grade English teacher, Miss MacIntyre, totally busted me.
I hope she doesn't read Entertainment Weekly.
I don't think she's looking for my name in any magazine. She didn't like me then, and I don't think she likes me now.
Book with the best movie version?
Remains of the Day. I'm obsessed with [Kazuo] Ishiguro. That's one of my favorite books. Never Let Me Go, too.
Author you'd most like to meet?
Kaye Gibbons, who wrote Ellen Foster and Charms for the Easy Life. I wish I could pick up the phone and call her.
Maybe she'll see this and give you a call.
Are you going to print my phone number?
What book should be used as a doorstop?
Shelby Foote's Civil War: A Narrative, volumes 1, 2, and 3. I could stop three doors with that. My husband has been reading them for 10 years. He starts with volume 1 and reads it. He gets to volumes 2 and 3, reads them. And then starts over with volume 1. It's driving me nuts. I am so ready for him to read something new.