Three new books look at what inspires writers and readers.
The Books That Changed My Life: Reflections by 100 Authors, Actors, Musicians, and Other Remarkable People (Regan Arts), edited by Bethanne Patrick, collects intriguing essays like Laura Lippman on Lolita, Dave Eggers on Herzog and Tim Gunn on Let Us Now Praise Famous Men.
Dimestore: A Writer's Life (Algonquin Books) by Lee Smith is the first memoir by the popular novelist (Guests on Earth), a collection of essays about how the Appalachian South has profoundly shaped both her fiction and her personal life.
Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It: Life Journeys Inspired by the Bestselling Memoir (Riverhead Books), with an introduction by Elizabeth Gilbert, marks the 10th anniversary of Gilbert's phenomenal book with the stories of readers who were moved to take road trips, look for new loves, search for perfect pizza and more.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor