Pride and Prejudice
Why this book?
I owe such a debt to Jane Austen for the wise and witty Pride and Prejudice: what I call the “gateway drug” to the rest of her canon, and the sole reason I am a published author myself today. Thank you, Jane, for pretty much inventing the hate-to-love trope behind a gazillion screwball and romantic comedies. Thank you for showing us all of humanity: the good, the bad, the foolish, and the self-glorious. And on a personal level, thank you for rocketing me into adolescence with the creation of Mr. Darcy.