Books Amanda Watson Loves

Amanda says she "was definitely a bookworm from the very beginning" and that she still reads "constantly." For her picks, Amanda looked to her Mississippi roots and the state's legacy as home to some of our best American writers. 

"I am from the same town as William Faulkner so I have to pass on As I Lay Dying. I can remember reading the sentence "My mother is a fish." and just feeling the world change a little. By the same token, my fellow Mississippian Donna Tartt's beautiful work The Goldfinch. And although it was written many years ago, a very relevant short story to now from Mississippian and fellow MUW alum Eudora Welty, Where Is the Voice Coming From?"

Where Is the Voice Coming From? was originally published in The New Yorker on July 6, 1963, shortly after the murder of Medgar Evers. A few years ago, Joyce Carol Oates read the story and discussed it on NPR.


As I Lay Dying   by William Faulkner

As I Lay Dying  by William Faulkner

Stories, Essays, & Memoir  by Eudora Welty

Stories, Essays, & Memoir by Eudora Welty

The Goldfinch  by Donna Tartt

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Check out our interview with Amanda and find out more about her work!