Regardless of what they write.
  1. Geraldine Brooks
    Beautiful imagery
  2. Rebecca Skloot
    Non-fiction presented as close to a novel as one can get -- very readable!!
  3. Ann Patchett
    Lyrical and attainable
  4. Linda Olsson
    Sweet, sensitive relationships. Touches raw emotions.
  5. Jostein Gaarder
    Makes you think as he entertains. Makes you reach when you don't realize you are becoming more mentally flexible.
  6. Norton Juster
    King of word play.
  7. Lisa Lutz
    Fun, entertaining, and the closest to a best friend that a book can become.
  8. Lianne Moriarty
    Always inventive and never predictable!
  9. Chaim Potok
    Suggested by @ebsquared
  10. Colum McCann
    At least in theory - I have all his books but I'm still scared I won't love them as much as Let The Great World Spin
    Suggested by @bookishclaire