Sven Lindqvist, "A History of Bombing"

Mary McCarthy, "Memories of a Catholic Girlhood"

Leonard Michaels, "Shuffle"

V.S. Naipaul, "A Way in the World"

Maggie Nelson, "Bluets"

Blaise Pascal, "Pensées"

Fernando Pessoa, "The Book of Disquiet"

François le Rochefoucauld, "Maxims"

W.G. Sebald, "The Emigrants"

Lauren Slater, "Lying: A Metaphorical Memoir"

George W.S. Trow, "Within the Context of No Context"

David Foster Wallace, "Consider the Lobster"

Joe Wenderoth, "Letters to Wendy's"

Geoffrey Wolff, "The Duke of Deception"

Shields is the author, most recently, of "Reality Hunger: A Manifesto."