Samantha Neugebauer

Next up, Samantha Neugebauer will read "The Theory of Light and Matter" by Andrew Porter. (Samantha Neugebauer photo)

Who am I

Samantha Neugebauer from Philadelphia.

One unique thing about me

I first fell in love with books after I read all of my mom's Maeve Binchy novels. Despite never having been to Ireland nor having studied anything formally about the country, I really felt I understood something about Ireland after reading Binchy's books.


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I liked

"We Have Always Lived in the Castle" by Shirley Jackson; "Different Ways to Pray" by Naomi Shihab Nye; "The Cairo Trilogy" by Naguib Mahfouz; "Great Expectations" by Charles Dickens; and "The Age of Miracles" by Karen Thompson Walker.

I didn't like

Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn. It was a best-seller and for a while, it seemed every third person on the subway was reading it. But when I read it, I saw the big plot twist early on and after that I had a difficult time giving the mean-spirited narrators the time of day.

Author I'd like to meet

I would love to meet Lorrie Moore. She is my favorite contemporary writer. First, I would ask her what she considers her best story. Second, I would ask her if there is a story she cared about that was never finished and why she thinks that is. Third, if I didn't chicken out, I'd ask her the secret to getting into Vanderbilt's MFA program in creative writing!

Up next

"The Theory of Light and Matter" by Andrew Porter. I found it on an airport bus in Seoul and saw that Porter is from Pennsylvania!

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