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Hey, What Are You Reading?

We asked three prominent writers to tell us about the books they've been loving

Chad Harbach
Author of The Art of Fielding
How Should a Person Be?
Sheila Heti
It's a bawdy, idiosyncratic novel about art, sex, Toronto, female friendship, and the endless quest to learn how to live. The title makes me quake with envy. All good books should be called just that.

Sloane Crosley
Author of How Did You Get This Number
The Dog Stars
Peter Heller
This has many of the trappings of a postapocalyptic novel (you can feel the influences of The Road and The Stand), but it's graceful and addictive, poetic but never boring. Welcome to the end of the world as seen from above.

John Green
Author of The Fault in Our Stars
Behind the Beautiful Forevers
Katherine Boo
This devastating portrayal of people in a Mumbai slum really might change your life. Take it to the beach and come home with both a tan and a deeper understanding of human frailty and resilience.

Originally posted Jul 27, 2012 Published in issue #1218 Aug 03, 2012 Order article reprints