A Writer’s Life-Changing Barter

by Rachel Baker on September 4, 2013

The Atlantic has an interesting series called by heart in which authors share and discuss their favorite passages in literature. Here is a cool essau by Daniel Woodress, author of Winter’s Bone.

Book discovery-the publishing industry’s term for how readers find new things to read-can be an unpredictable process. Though book clubs and GoodReads and magazine reviewers try to codify our tastes, we often pick up books for mysterious and whimsical reasons: A conversation overheard on the subway, a beguiling title that stands out in a shelf of spines. Then there are the moments when a complete stranger hands you something new and life-altering and tells you, Just read this.

For Daniel Woodrell, author of Winter’s Bone, this book was Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast, its evangelist a ragged Tijuana alms-seeker.


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