Gretchen Rubin was interviewed for the New York Times “By the Book” series.

What books are on your night stand now? My night stand is always crowded. Right now it boasts Willa Cather’s “My Ántonia” (which somehow I’ve never read); Mark Twain’s “Life on the Mississippi” (ditto); Rohinton Mistry’s “A Fine Balance”; Ben Fountain’s “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk”; Georgette Heyer’s “The Grand Sophy”; John Gage’s “Color and Culture”; Haruki Murakami’s “Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage”; and Elena Ferrante’s “The Story of a New Name.” I love to reread, so my night stand also holds Ralph Waldo Emerson’s “Essential Writings,” Chuck Palahniuk’s “Fight Club” and Laurie Colwin’s “Home Cooking.” Plus I’m a huge fan of children’s literature, so I’ve got Lois Lowry’s “Anastasia Krupnik” and Margaret Mahy’s “Alchemy.”[]

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