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By the Book: Susan Orlean

THE AUTHOR, MOST RECENTLY, OF ‘THE LIBRARY BOOK’ SAYS VISITORS MIGHT BE SURPRISED TO SEE A COPY OF ‘STOREY’S GUIDE TO RAISING CHICKENS, 4TH EDITION’ ON HER SHELVES: ‘I RECOMMEND IT OVER THE THIRD EDITION.’

Q: What books are on your nightstand?

A: In the towering, tottering mess that sits beside my bed, I have the makings of a pretty good small-town library. Without excavating too far into the pile, I see “Transcription,” by Kate Atkinson (who is one of those can-do-no-wrong writers, in my opinion); “South and West,” by Joan Didion (I’m never very far from a copy of one of her books); “No Man’s Land: Fiction From a World at War, 1914-1918,” edited by Pete Ayrton (the latest installment in my World War I obsession); “Maus,” by Art Spiegelman; and “Galloway’s Book on Running,” by Jeff Galloway, which is a great book to read when you’re looking for excuses to not go running.

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