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Here’s a list of books I’ve read recently. I’ve highlighted my favorites.



Running with Scissors, Augusten Burroughs

The Stranger, Albert Camus

A Visit from the Goon Squad, Jennifer Egan

Memories of my Ghost BrotherHeinz Insu Fenkl

Bossypants, Tina Fey

Rosario Tijeras, Jorge Franco 

Bad Behavior, Mary Gaitskill

Roots: The Saga of an American Family, Alex Haley

My Horizontal Life: a collection of one-night stands, Chelsea Handler

Love me Anyway, Tiffany Hawk

The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway

Oracle Bones: A Journey Through Time in China, Peter Hessler

River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze, Peter Hessler

Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks, Ken Jennings

Shamans, Housewives, and Other Restless Spirits, Laurel Kendall

Life and Hard Times of a Korean Shaman: Of Tales and the Telling of Tales, Laurel Kendall

Memories of My Melancholy Whores, Gabriel Garcia Marquez

After Dark, Haruki Murakami

Dance, Dance, Dance, Haruki Murakami

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, Haruki Murakami

Chorus [slam poetry], Saul Williams, Dufflyn Lammers, and Aja Monet



Time and Chance, Alan Brennert

The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins

Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea, Barbara Demick

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, Dai Sijie

The Vagina Monologues, Eve Ensler

Escape from Camp 14: One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West, Blaine Harden

The Reluctant Communist, Charles Robert Jenkins

Korean Shamanism: the Cultural Paradox, Chongho Kim

Unaccustomed Earth, Jhumpa Lahiri

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Steig Larsson

The Girl Who Played with Fire, Steig Larsson

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, Steig Larsson

A Wild Sheep Chase: A Novel, Haruki Murakami

Norwegian Wood, Haruki Murakami

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Haruki Murakami

Snuff, Chuck Palahniuk

The Help, Kathryn Stockett

Sophie’s Choice, William Styron

Around the World in 80 Days, Jules Verne

Korea: a Walk through the Land of Miracles, Simon Winchester



Chromophobia, David Batchelor

Molokai, Alan Brennert

Honolulu, Alan Brennert

The Fall, Albert Camus

Through the Language Glass: Why the World Looks Different in Other Languages, Guy Deutscher

Dreaming in Chinese: Mandarin Lessons in Life, Love and Language, Deborah Fallows

The Feminine Mystique, Betty Friedan

Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert

Beyond Good and EvilFriedrich Nietzsche

The Antichrist, Friedrich Nietzsche

The Geography of Thought, Richard Nisbett

Invisible Monsters, Chuck Palahniuk

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Robert M. Pirsig

Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand

Anthem, Ayn Rand

Sex at Dawn: the Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality, Christopher Ryan

Just Kids, Patti Smith


What are you reading? Any recommendations?


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