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If You Liked My Book, You’ll Love These Six writers on their favorite reading, genre by genre.  

Beach reads don’t have to be new best sellers or formulaic romances. In fact, summer is the perfect time to dig deep into books, classics and otherwise, you’ve missed. We asked exemplary authors in particular fields to recommend the books that matter most to them—the ones they keep going back to and, in many cases, that made them want to write. Their literary mix tapes, of a sort. Historical FictionSuggestions from Booker Prize–winner Peter Carey.Science FictionPicks from the genre's visionary, William Gibson.MemoirsKathryn Harrison shares her favorites.HumorSNL writer Simon Rich tells us what makes him laugh.ThrillersFavorites from the owner of the Mysterious Bookshop. ScienceBest-selling author Rebecca Skloot gives us some ideas. (much more)http://nymag.com/arts/books/features/66294/