Books that helped Kent Haruf become more fully human

April 10, 2014

In a recent issue of the Century, I interview Kent Haruf, whose novel Benediction has garnered a nomination for the newly minted Folio Prize in the United Kingdom and recent reviews in The Guardian (by Ursula Le Guin) and the Telegraph. Haruf has made a life out of fine and careful reading, as well as writing. I asked him for recommendations on five books that have helped him become more fully human. Here is his list:

    • Man's Search for Meaning, Viktor Frankl
    • “The Bear,” William Faulkner
    • Stories by Chekhov, including “Peasants,” “Anyuta,” “The Hunter,” “The Student,” “The Lady with the Pet Dog,” “About Love”
    • Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, James Agee
    • Winter in the Blood, James Welch


Other books ?

Thornton Wilder, The Bridge of San Luis Rey
Elizabeth Spencer, The Light in the Piazza
Ellen Davis, Getting Involved with God