SpeakEasy's Authors Recommend

By House of SpeakEasy

By House of SpeakEasy

House of SpeakEasy has played host to dozens of the finest authors at work in the English language, extraordinary writers of drama, history, poetry, and prose who have given us some of the most memorable books of the twenty-first century. And while they have provided us with so much inspiration and beauty, it has been our pleasure to ask many of them to name the books that inspired them—now and throughout their writing lives. 

Tyll

Daniel Kehlmann

$26.95 $24.26

Adam Begley: “Tyll, by Daniel Kehlmann is fierce and brilliant and funny – and unafraid of the horrors of history.”

My Antonia

Willa Cather

$8.99 $8.27

Author recommended by Anne Nelson

The NRA: The Unauthorized History

Frank Smyth

$28.99 $26.09

Anne Nelson: "[An] Important investigation of a major force in American politics.”

Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World

Liaquat Ahamed

$22.00 $19.80

David Kilcullen: “I'm re-reading Liaquat Ahamed's wonderful book, Lords of Finance, right now. He tells the story of central bankers in the early 20th century, the creation of the US Federal Reserve, and the decisions international central banks made that led to the Great Depression. He's a great writer, and his subtitle ("The Bankers Who Broke the World") is very appropriate. It's more than ten years old now but still hugely relevant.”

Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter

Simone De Beauvoir

$15.99 $14.71

Author recommended by Julie Scelfo

A Collection of Poems by Robert Frost

Robert Frost

$24.99 $22.49

Nina Burleigh: “I sometimes walk around quoting Robert Frost in my head. The rhythms and his pastoral imagery soothe me.”

Happiness, Volume 1

Shuzo Oshimi

$12.99 $11.95

Kwanza Osajyefo: “Shuzo Oshimi is one of my favorite mangaka. I don’t think enough people know him and his work, but it has a jarring gravitas to it that pulls you through his stories.”

Amatka

Karin Tidbeck

$15.95 $14.67

Author recommended by Helen Phillips

In Transit: An Heroi-Cyclic Novel

Brigid Brophy

$14.50 $13.34

Michael Bronski: “Brigid Brophy: famous in the 1970s in the UK and US, she is now mostly forgotten. Brilliant thinker and critic, her novels are miracles of precision, psychological insight, and wit.”

All about Love: New Visions

Bell Hooks

$15.99 $14.71

Author recommended by Julie Scelfo

A Sport and a Pastime

James Salter

$15.00 $13.80

Author recommended by Greg Wands of E.G Scott

China to Me: A Partial Autobiography

Emily Hahn

$27.99 $25.19

Lauren Hilgers: “I’m an Emily Hahn evangelist. She was a writer who lived in Shanghai during the 1930s, and who ended up waiting out most of World War II in Hong Kong, after having an affair with a British spy. She was irreverent, charming, and a little bit insane.”

Fiebre Tropical

Juli Delgado Lopera

$17.95 $16.51

Author recommended by Ingrid Rojas Contreras

Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right

Jane Mayer

$17.00 $15.64

Anne Nelson: "A groundbreaking investigation of the Koch machine's impact on the US political system.”

The Story of Lucy Gault

William Trevor

$16.00

Author recommended by Kathleen Hall Jamieson

Derborence: Where the devils came down

Charles Ferdinand Ramuz

$15.00

Laura Spinney: “Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz, wrote soaring Greek-style myths set against the soaring Swiss Alps, and is almost completely unknown to the English-speaking world.”

The Royal Physician's Visit

Per Olov Enquist

$16.95

Author recommended by Steve Almond

Different Hours: Poems

Stephen Dunn

$15.95

Author recommended by Raymond Villareal

The Reawakening: The Companion Volume to Survival in Auschwitz

Primo Levi

$16.98

Maggie Paxson: "Trained as a chemist, Primo Levi had a perfect clarity to his eye. No single paragraph has hit me harder than an early one in his The Reawakening. It is ravaging in its simplicity and its truth."

How to Build a Girl

Caitlin Moran

$16.99 $15.63

Author recommended by Faith Salie

When You Read This

Mary Adkins

$16.99 $15.63

Joselin Linder: “Mary Adkins is a playwright I love.."

The Great God Pan and Other Horror Stories

Arthur Machen

$22.95 $20.66

Author recommended by Duncan Hannah

Beyond the Gender Binary

Alok Vaid-Menon and Ashley Lukashevsky

$8.99 $8.27

“Many people in this here world already know about them and their important work, but I’m a huge fan of Alok Vaid-Menon.” - Sandy Allen

Priestdaddy: A Memoir

Patricia Lockwood

$17.00 $15.64

Author recommended by David Friend

Sula

Toni Morrison

$15.00 $13.80

Adam Begley: “Sula, by Toni Morrison is her best novel. It's often overlooked, which is a shame because it's flawless, a gem.”

Equipment for Living: On Poetry and Pop Music

Michael Robbins

$16.00

Author recommended by David Friend

Reading with Patrick: A Teacher, a Student, and a Life-Changing Friendship

Michelle Kuo

$17.00 $15.64

Author recommended by James Foreman Jr.

Acts of Infidelity

Lena Andersson

$16.99

Trish Hall: "Andersson is a Swedish journalist and novelist, I think her writing is extraordinary and while she is hardly unknown, I hadn’t heard of her until I saw her most recent book in paperback at Three Lives, the bookstore near me in Greenwich Village where I pick up nearly everything I read.”

A Stone of Hope: A Memoir

Jim St Germain and Jon Sternfeld

$15.99

Author recommended by James Foreman Jr.

Honey, I Love and Other Love Poems (Anniversary)

Eloise Greenfield and Leo And Diane Dillon

$7.99 $7.35

Book recommendation by Jason Reynolds

The Elements of Typographic Style: Version 4.0 (-20th Anniversary)

Robert Bringhurst

$29.95 $26.96

Erica Wagner: “The Canadian poet Robert Bringhurst. Sure, some folks know about him, but not enough.”

The Collected Poems of Audre Lorde

Audre Lorde

$21.95 $19.76

Author recommended by Julie Scelfo

The Game of Kings: Book One in the Legendary Lymond Chronicles

Dorothy Dunnett

$18.00 $16.56

Ann Brashares: “I love the historical novels of the Scottish writer Dorothy Dunnett, particularly the Lymond Chronicles.”

Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business

Neil Postman

$17.00 $15.64

Author recommended by Julie Scelfo

Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life

Ruth Franklin

$17.95 $16.51

Anne Nelson: "An illuminating study of the life of a woman writer and an exemplary biography.”

Down These Mean Streets (Anniversary)

Piri Thomas

$16.95 $15.59

Author recommended by Julie Scelfo

Democracy Without Journalism?: Confronting the Misinformation Society

Victor Pickard

$27.95

Anne Nelson: " [A] keen analysis of the collapse of local journalism, its cost for American society, and bold proposals for solutions.”

Stigma: Notes on the Management of Spoiled Identity

Erving Goffman

$16.00 $14.72

Author recommended by Julie Scelfo

Beloved

Toni Morrison

$16.00 $14.72

Author recommendation by Julie Scelfo

Atonement

Ian McEwan

$16.95 $15.59

Adam Begley: “Atonement, by Ian McEwan is a masterpiece that tells a love story and a war story – and takes a long hard look at the meaning and motives of storytelling.”

Fever Dream

Samanta Schweblin

$16.00 $14.72

Author recommended by Helen Phillips

Corrupted Into Song: The Complete Poems of Alvin Feinman

Alvin Feinman

$19.95 $18.35

James Geary recommends: “The poet Alvin Feinman, whose work is collected in the volume Corrupted into Song, who was my poetry teacher in college, and whose poems Harold Bloom says 'stand with Wallace Stevens and Hart Crane on the heights.''

The Woman in White

Wilkie Collins

$11.00 $10.12

Author recommendation by Faith Salie