D. Watkins' Salon 5: The five books author Junot Díaz recommends for every reader

Books are one of humans' greatest unifiers and sources of inspiration for writers. Junot Díaz, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao," "Drown" and "This is How You Lose Her" shares five books that have had an impact on him and that he thinks everyone should read with Salon's D. Watkins. It's a list Watkins likes to ask for from every writer he meets, both established and aspiring, to better understand their creative process. The best part, according to Watkins is that the lists always change from year to year.

Watch Díaz's top five reads above and check out Díaz's full interview with Salon "here" to learn about his assessment of the publishing industry, questionable profanity versus real profanity and what he has in store for the near future. Tune into SalonTV's live shows, "Salon Talks" and "Salon Stage", daily at noon ET / 9 a.m. PT and 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT, streaming live on Salon, Facebook and Periscope.

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