In no particular order....
For many years after reading Durable Goods by Elizabeth Berg,
I eager awaited new Berg books, though
I've been disappointed with the last couple of reads.
In contrast, I loved Stephen L. Carter's
brilliant first book Civility, but
I never liked anything else.
Operating Instructions wasn't Anne Lamott's first book,
but it was her first nonfiction book and it took my breath away.
I still love her nonfiction and
shy away from her fiction.
The Lightning Thief was not Rick Riordan's first book either,
but it was his first children's novel and the first book of his that I had read.
I love his kids' books. Not so much the grownup mysteries.
Apparently I will never read Tracy Kidder's first book,
The Road to Yuba City. Kidder hated it so much
that he bought the rights to it,
saying he did not want it to "see the light of day."
I've loved everything else he has ever written, however,
including my current read, Home Town.
I was crazy about the first Douglas Adams book,
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
I just acquired the Dirk Gently series.
Hope I like it as much.
I was crazy about Amy Krouse Rosenthal's debut book.
I went on to love all of her children's books, too.
Not only did my love for this debut novel of Wally Lamb
send me off in search of more Wally Lamb works,
but it also sent me off in search of more Oprah novels.
Can a book be your debut novel if it's your only novel?
In any case, GWTW is fantastic.
Pirsig's debut book changed the way
I see the world. In a good way.
I liked it so much that I wrote Pirsig
my first and only letter-to-the-author.
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