I hope that my reading list posting didn't upset anyone. Looking over it, I'm not even sure that that's the 1001 books I'd say I had to read before I died. Some of their calls are a bit iffy. For example, Stephen King's The Shining. I LOVE Stephen King--the old stuff, his newer stuff is not up to par, though On Writing is a great book. But I don't think The Shining is his best book. My personal favorite is Delores Claibourne, although I did just buy his short stories again and I'm LOVING THEM. I'm also not a huge Anne Rice fan (don't hate me, I just read Interview with the Vampire and thought, "Why all the fuss?"), but I like her non-vampire stories.
They also didn't have anything by Bill Bryson, who is one of my new favorite authors. A Walk in the Woods is on my top ten list of books: funny, heart-breaking, curmudgeonly, probably the kind of book I would write given the same task.
Or Pat Conroy. Or John Jakes. Or a slew of other quite worthy authors. Maybe we need a list of them. Hmmmmmmmm . . .