Is it fair to separate "commercial" novels from "literary" ones? If anyone can answer that question it's 10-book author Meredith Maran, whose new anthology Why We Write features essays by everyone from Sue Grafton and David Baldacci to Ann Patchett and Walter Mosley. "I chose the authors to include as if they were wines being paired," Maran told me. "If you like Jennifer Egan [ A Visit from the Goon Squad], for example, you might also like to read Jodi Picoult."
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