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Writer Lauretta Hannon with her favorite subversive, Leo Tolstoy.
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  Lauretta Hannon's favorite author of all time is Leo Tolstoy. She loves the Russian author's sprawling novels like "Anna Karenina" and "War and Peace."

But her favorite Tolstoy — the book that has sat dog-eared and bookmarked at her bedside for more than 20 years — is one not many people have heard of.

"A Calendar of Wisdom" was banned for decades after its publication in 1910, but Hannon says its nuggets of sagacity still inspire her day after day. In this installment of "Page-Turners," she talks about why.

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Doria Roberts on the lessons "Harriet the Spy" taught her: "You know your story and how complex it is, and you should give that same room to everyone around you."
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On "Page-Turners," people tell the stories behind their favorite books. 

Doria Roberts, an Atlanta restaurateur, activist and musician, has toured all over the world. She now runs three Atlanta eateries – Madre + Mason, Urban Cannibals and Tipple + Rose – alongside her wife, Calavino Donati.

Long before she did all these things, though, Roberts was a teenager growing up in New Jersey. She had no thoughts about being a musician, but did have some pretty serious visions of being the next Oprah.

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Elizabeth calls "A Little Life" by Hanya Yanagihara "one of the most life-affirming books I've read." It's also made everyone she's given the book to cry.
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Think of your personal list of all-time favorite books. It's likely that the list hasn't changed much for some time. What would it take for a book you read now to make the cut?

Well, in this installment of "Page-Turners," Elizabeth Anderson tells us the story of the book that she read last year that did just that.

As a bookseller at Charis Books And More, Anderson -- who is also the executive director of Charis Circle, the store’s partner nonprofit -- has spent most of her adult life surrounded by stuff to read. 

Visual artist Fabian Williams' Page-Turners pick is "The Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho.
Fabian Williams

How do you go from doing art in your spare time to making the bold move of quitting your job and introducing yourself to people as "an artist"?

Atlanta visual artist Fabian Williams got his first major break in the summer of 2015, when a painting of his was selected to be part of an exhibit showcasing in-town artists at The High Museum of Art.

That painting, “Gossip," is a contemporary take on a Norman Rockwell classic, and features the faces of his Atlanta art scene contemporaries engaged in a chatty game of telephone.  

Carlos Thompson

Ed Hall has devoted his life to reading and editing science fiction and comics. He is the co-editor of “Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond.” When he himself is not writing for publications like Creative Loafing, Paste and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, his own sci-fi tends toward apocalyptic tales involving nature, scientific (ir)responsibility and the disasters that result when the two collide.

He only recently realized that this is one reason he loves “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein.

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This story is part of WABE and American Graduate's Advancing Atlanta: Education series. For more stories, click here.  

A 16-year-old boy is on trial for a crime he may or may not have committed. His lawyer tells him things like, "You’re young. You’re black. You’re on trial. What more does the jury need to know?"

It is a scenario that speaks to issues of race, identity and policing that have been in the spotlight in recent years -- but it's from a book written in 1999.

Children's author Laurel Snyder says, "I think that when we think about kids, we want to believe their lives are simpler than ours, but it’s completely untrue."
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How much real-world danger should we allow into the books our children read? That’s a question at the heart of this "Page-Turners" conversation with Laurel Snyder.

Laurel Snyder writes books for children. As a girl, one of her own favorites was the novel "Dicey’s Song" by Cynthia Voigt, and it’s a book she still finds herself turning to now, both as a writer and a parent.

Lance Ledbetter of Dust to Digital Records with his two treasured copies of The Anthology of American Folk Music by Harry Smith
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Lance Ledbetter runs the record label Dust to Digital here in Atlanta, along with his wife, April. They specialize in high-quality reissues of music from all over the world, and they are probably best-known for the 2004 box set, “Goodbye, Babylon,” which was nominated for two Grammy awards.

But there would have been no “Goodbye, Babylon” without Harry Smith. And that’s the story Ledbetter tells in this installment of Page-Turners.

“Every single thing that hits that pan, there was a sacrifice paid in some way or another, so don’t squander it,” says chef Kevin Gillespie. His Page-Turners pick is Thomas Keller’s "The French Laundry."
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Kevin Gillespie always knew he loved to cook. He even famously turned down admission to MIT to pursue his dream of becoming a chef.

But it was the influence of a cookbook he ran across one day as a teenager at Costco that first made him realize what kind of chef he wanted to be. Since then, Gillespie says he’s read and reread "The French Laundry Cookbook" by Thomas Keller, and gifted it to employees at his two Atlanta restaurants, Gun Show and Revival.

Jamie Iredell

Jamie Iredell’s latest book, "Last Mass," is a memoir that juxtaposes his own Catholic upbringing in California with that state's troubled colonial history.

Iredell is known for writing that's often self-aware and humorous in the way it plays with genre and form. So we thought it would be interesting to have him tell us a story about one of his favorite reads.  

His choice? A book he says he’s probably read more times than any other, except "Huckleberry Finn." It's Stephen King's "Pet Sematary."

As a musician, Kristin Hersh says Angier's "rhythm and melody...captures both sides of our brain at the same time."
Lena Moses-Schmitt

Great science writing is more than a dry explanation of the natural world around us.

It brings that world to life, using the literary tools that make readers care about the subject. Natalie Angier is widely credited with bringing a kind of poetry to her science writing — and, if Kristin Hersh is to be believed, a kind of music.

In this installment of Page-Turners, singer-songwriter Hersh explains why she loves Natalie Angier’s book “The Beauty of the Beastly.”

Comedian and writer John Hodgman finds dark genius in Stephen King's "Cujo."
Bex Finch

Before his stint on "The Daily Show," and before he played the PC in those Mac commercials on television, John Hodgman wrote three books of hilarious counterfeit facts: “The Areas of My Expertise,” “More Information Than You Require,” and “That is All.”

This year, during his annual summer “self-imposed exile” in Maine, he read "Cujo," by Stephen King. He recommends it, as much for the pain it provides as the pleasure.

Amy Kiley on "The Rosie Project:" "As journalists, we always hear what someone tells us...and reading this book was an opportunity to get fully inside someone’s head."
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Amy Kiley is not only Atlanta’s “All Things Considered” host. She is also a founding member of the unofficial Public Broadcasting Atlanta staff book club.

Denis O'Hayer with three Pogo books from his collection
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Pogo is widely considered to be one of the greatest comic strips of all time. 

Running for 27 years, it had a voice, a mood and a look unlike anything that had appeared in the funny pages before, and it influenced a great many cartoonists who came after.

In this installment of Page-Turners, WABE’s Denis O’Hayer tells us about the first time he read Pogo — and what about it spoke uniquely to him. 

Rose Scott, swashbuckler!
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Rose Scott, co-host of "Closer Look," is drawn to reporting on those whose voices may otherwise be lost, and often what she uncovers is not pretty. She’s covered a number of hard-hitting stories affecting young people, including the sex trafficking of minors in Atlanta and the cheating scandal in Atlanta Public Schools.

It’s good to have a break from that.

Steve Goss on his favorite childhood books: "As the Hardy Boys were solving their mysteries and rounding up the bad guys, I became a hero by association."
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What does your favorite childhood book mean to you? For WABE's Morning Edition host Steve Goss, it's mayhem, mystery and a whole lot of bright blue book jackets. 

Goss sat down for an installment of Page-Turners to talk about why, to him, The Hardy Boys mysteries are synonymous with “summertime.” The soon-to-retire WABE host also talks a little about his plans after he shuts down the Morning Edition mic for the last time.

Of the dozens of books WABE's John Lorinc has read about the Beatles, this is his favorite.
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 WABE's John Lorinc loves The Beatles.

In this installment of Page-Turners, the Weekend Edition host tells us what makes the Fab Four's story so amazing, what it was like for him to hear the group for the very first time — as a little kid, riding in his dad's car one day in Pittsburgh — and why, among all the books ever written about the band, Bob Spitz's "The Beatles: The Biography" tops his list of books to pick up on a lazy summer day.

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Double lives take center stage in this installment of Page-Turners.

By day, Michelle Brattain is the chair of the history department at Georgia State University. But by night, she’s Hate Ashbury, hard-hitting co-captain of the Atlanta Rollergirls League.

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Chad Radford knows the importance of developing a thick skin. Creative Loafing Atlanta’s music editor has spent some 15 years covering – and critiquing – the city’s ever-changing rock, rap and electronic music scenes, and he knows well the sting of reader criticism in response to his work. It’s the sort of scrutiny that could lead a less self-assured writer to call it a day.

Kate Pierson plays The Variety Playhouse Friday, July 17.
Monica Coleman

  Back when the B-52s were just a party band from Athens, Georgia, trying to make it big, singer Kate Pierson lugged one thick book from town to town as they toured.

"Memories, Dreams, Reflections" by Carl Jung soon became something of a talisman for the band. It’s a story she tells in this installment of Page-Turners.

Pierson has also released her first solo album, called "Guitars and Microphones." She began the conversation by explaining why it’s coming out only now, almost 40 years into her music career.

She is performing at the Variety Playhouse Friday.

Atlanta Zine Festival founder Amanda Mills. This year's Atlanta Zine Festival is July 18.
Katie Bush

Zines are basically do-it-yourself magazines. Today, they come in a wide variety of genres and visual styles. But in the early 1990s, a rough-hewn version of the form was made popular by feminism’s punk rock Riot Grrl movement.

It was one of those early zines, making its way around the nation via photocopy after faded photocopy, that came into the hands of a young Amanda Mills and changed her life.

Amy Ray and Emily Saliers with their Page-Turners picks
Evan Carter

Darkly funny tales featuring religious struggle and social outcasts top the favorite book lists of Amy Ray and Emily Saliers, known together as Indigo Girls. That's what they told WABE when they stopped by the station recently for an installment of Page-Turners.

In this web bonus, Ray reads from "The Last Report on Miracles at Little No Horse" by Louise Erdrich.

The Indigo Girls return to their hometown June 26 to play Chastain Park Amphitheater as they tour for their  new album “One Lost Day.”

Emily Salier’s Book Picks

Chia Chong

“Smart” and “funny” are often considered to be mutually exclusive. “Smart” things are good for us. They’re healthy, virtuous ... and dull. Humor, meanwhile, often brings to mind notions of the frivolous, the madcap, and the silly.

But silly is not smart.

So when, as a college sophomore, Harrison Scott Key first read the book that made him realize that smart could be really, really funny, and that funny could make you think, he knew he’d found the thing he wanted to do with his life. That book was Douglas Adams's "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy."

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Actor, improv veteran and writer Bernard Clark is best known in Atlanta literary circles as a storyteller. He’s one of the hosts and co-founders of “Naked City,” a monthly reading event known both for its raw spontaneity and for the fact that, if you go, there’s more than a good chance you’ll get candy thrown at you.

Kate Sweeney recently spoke to Clark about three books he loves. She began, though, by asking him about what it’s like to tell stories for a living – since Clark has built a career narrating audiobooks.

Author Jessica Handler's Page-Turner picks reflect an enduring interest in history and understanding her past.
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Books about history and identity are the focus of author Jessica Handler’s Page-Turners picks.

It’s not such a surprise, considering the fact that Handler’s memoir, "Invisible Sisters," deals with her own search for her place in the world following the deaths of her two younger sisters. The book, which Atlanta Magazine named Best Memoir of 2009, comes out in paperback from University of Georgia Press this fall.

In this edition of Page-Turners, Handler about what happens when an upbeat person gets a reputation for writing about very serious subject matter.