National Book Festival writers reveal their favorite titles and explain what makes them so special.
Author: David Ezra Stein “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy and “The Hobbit” over and over since I discovered them in childhood. It’s such a richly detailed world. These books are a gift to the imagination. Whenever I delve into Middle Earth, I remember where I was the last time I visited. As a grade-schooler, when I first took a dusty, map-adorned copy of “The Hobbit” from the school library. As a teenager, on my grandmother’s couch by a sunny window. As a newly married person reading aloud to my wife at bedtime. Mariner Buy Photo