This week marked the release of Reality Hunger author David Shields’ newest book, How Literature Saved My Life, a wonderfully meandering meditation on reading, writing, and the reason for art. Shields is very well read (as one might assume), and part of the pleasure of reading this book is watching him pick apart his favorite writing and piece it back together, perhaps in a different way than originally intended.
On the occasion of the book’s publication, we offer ten books that just might save your life — some of which Shields mentioned in his latest, some of which are our own favorites. Of course, every life is different, and the books that seem revolutionary to us may have just come at the right moment, or in the right color. So if we’ve missed your lifesaver here, do tell us all about it in the comments.