The Notebook

In the realm of romance novels, Nicholas Sparks is legendary. Originally from North Carolina, Sparks has written 21 books, all of which were New York Times bestsellers. The Notebook was his first novel, written over a period of six months when he was 28 and published in 1996. The book—now one of PBS’s Top 100 “Great American Reads”—was inspired by the author’s mother- and father-in-law, who were married for more than 60 years. The novel remained a bestseller for over a year.