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Pitch black By Ishmael Reed
The author of "The Terrible Twos" picks five African-American novels that refuse to behave.

Primal loss By Jayne Anne Phillips
The author of "Black Tickets" picks six powerful books on the first wounds of childhood.(09/27/99)

The docu-novel By Joyce Carol Oate
The author of "Bellefleur" selects five great "nonfiction novels."

Guided tours of dystopia By Lorrie Moore
The author of "Birds of America" selects five favorite novels about the future.

Fiction, 9 to 5 By Ian McEwan
The author of "Black Dogs" and "Enduring Love" picks five favorite novels about work.

What children know By Wendy Lesser
The editor of the Threepenny Review selects her five favorite novels about childhood.

Smart and sexy By Erica Jong
The author of "Fear of Flying" selects six novels for those who believe that the brain is the most important erogenous zone.

"This is it!" By Penelope Fitzgerald
The author of "The Blue Flower" picks five novels that rocked her world.

Back to the '50s By E.L. Doctorow
Five favorite novels from a decade that was wilder than you think.

The wild side by Michael Cunningham
The author of "The Hours" picks five books from the edge that belong in the center.

Peerless By Peter Carey
The author of "Oscar and Lucinda" picks five very original works of fiction

Hard boiled By David Bowman
Five great noir novels from the post-Chandler generations.

Other pasts, other places By A.S. Byatt
The author of "Possession" recommends five unforgettable historical novels.

Navel-gazing raised to an art By Ann Beattie
Five great contemporary books about self-consciousness.

Editor's pick By Michael Korda
Michael Korda, editor of Jacqueline Susann and Tennessee Williams, picks his five favorite novels of the past 40 years.

Updike in love By John Updike
The author of "Rabbit, Run" picks the five greatest novels about romance.

In the shadow of the screen By Pauline Kael
Pauline Kael picks five favorite novels that have something to do with the movies.

True Gore By Gore Vidal
Gore Vidal picks five favorite postwar novels, including one by ...Gore Vidal.

In play By Pete Hamill
A legendary newspaperman picks five sports novels that really hit home.

World English By Richard Powers
The author of "Gain" and "The Gold Bug Variations" picks five novels from the edge of a new language.

L.A. stories By Steve Erickson
The author of "The Sea Came in at Midnight" recommends five great contemporary novels about Los Angeles.

Overlooked By David Foster Wallace
Five direly underappreciated U.S. novels.

Short list By Mary Gaitskill
The author of "Bad Behavior" picks
her five favorite short stories.

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