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"Ready Player One" by Ernest Cline

The author of "The Martian" recommends Ernest Cline's virtual reality adventure, now a motion picture.

 "The Film Criticism of Otis Ferguson."

New York Times film critic A.O. Scott recommends the collected writings of film critic Otis Ferguson, a pioneer of the language of film criticism and advocate for all the types of labor that go into filmmaking.

"My Friend Dahmer" by Derf Backderf

What do you do when your buddy in high school turns out to be the serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer?

"Solo Faces" by James Salter

Writer David Morris explains why "Solo Faces" by James Salter is one of his favorite books.

A Tale of Love and Darkness

Israel Story radio host Mishy Harman recommends "A Tale of Love and Darkness" by Amos Oz.

What Hath God Wrought cover

When and how did American get so polarized? For answers, Jonathan Chait recommends reading "What Hath God Wrought,"  a history of American politics from 1815-1848 by the Pulitzer prize-winning historian Daniel Walker Howe.

Blues People

Alex Abramovich recommends "Blues People: Negro Music in White America" by Leroi Jones, who later changed his name to Amiri Baraka.

"The Days Of Abandonment" by Elena Ferrante

Alissa Quart recommends Elena Ferrante's "Days of Abandonment" and Elizabeth Hardwick's "Sleepless Nights."

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Chimpanzee Politics: Power and Sex Among Apes by Frans De Waal
"Borne" by Jeff VanderMeer
"I Will Bear Witness" by Victor Klemperer
Pippi Longstocking
Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
The Peregrine by J.A. Baker
The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow
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