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    Diane Chamberlain is an award-winning author and prior to her writing career, she was a psychotherapist in private practice in Virginia, working primarily with adolescents. Diane's background in psychology and her work in hospitals has given her a keen interest in understanding the way people tick, as well as the background necessary to create real, living, breathing characters. The Lost Daughter and The Bay at Midnight are available now.

    Here is Diane's Tuesday Top Ten:

    Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

    Not only a great read, but an eye opener for me into the twentieth century history of the Congo.

    Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh

    This is because of its connection to the sea and beach and because of its exploration of a very real marriage.

    White Horses by Alice Hoffman

    It was the first book of hers that I read, and it inspired my early writing. When I re-read my first novel, Private Relations, I can recognise the passages that were written during my "Alice Hoffman phase."

    Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy

    Because it's beautifully told and a fantastic, gripping story about a wildly dysfunctional family -- my favourite kind.

    The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

    It's so inventive and so very touching.

    The Color Purple by Alice Walker

    Because I started sobbing on page one.

    The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh

    Because it keeps me centered.

    I Know this Much is True by Wally Lamb

    It's an amazing story, wonderfully told. I reread it when I want to write from a male character's point of view. It helps me understand how a man thinks and feels.

    Beloved by Toni Morrison

    I didn't love it until I had to re-read it for a book club. Then it suddenly came together for me, and I've re-read it several times since.

    Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

    It's about three of my favourite things: food, spirituality, and relationships.

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