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    33 Writers Share The Books That Inspired Them To Write

    "I thought, 'you can do that?!'"

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    We asked writers at the annual Association of Writers & Writing Programs conference which book inspired them to write. Here are their answers.

    1. Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson

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    2. The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood

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    "I already knew, but she confirmed it."

    3. Skin by Dorothy Allison

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    4. Under a Soprano Sky by Sonia Sanchez

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    5. Geek Love by Katherine Dunn

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    6. And Her Soul Out Of Nothing by Olena Kalytiak Davis

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    7. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

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    8. The Solace of Open Spaces by Gretel Ehrlich

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    "Made writing seem possible."

    9. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez

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    10. Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko

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    11. Samuel Johnson Is Indignant by Lydia Davis

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    12. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

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    13. Dispatches by Michael Herr

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    14. Light in August by William Faulkner

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    "I thought, 'you can do that?!'"

    15. Red Under the Skin by Natasha Sajé

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    16. Little Savage by Emily Fragos

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    17. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

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    18. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

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    19. The Complete Stories of Franz Kafka by Franz Kafka

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    20. Punching Out by Jim Daniels

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    21. Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

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    "Made me want to infuse every story with magic."

    22. Notes of a Native Son by James Baldwin

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    23. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

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    24. The World Doesn't End by Charles Simic

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    25. The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander

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    26. A Home at the End of the World by Michael Cunningham

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    27. Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder

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    28. Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut

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    29. Jane: A Murder by Maggie Nelson

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    "Gave me permission to be a weird girl. ♥"

    30. Middlemarch by George Eliot

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    31. The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera

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    32. Sphere by Michael Crichton

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    33. Matilda by Roald Dahl

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    Are you a writer? Tell us which book inspired you to write in the comments below!

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