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    Elif Shafak, the most widely read female novelist in Turkey, has published 17 books, including the bestselling novels The Bastard of Istanbul, The Forty Rules of Love, and Three Daughters of Eve.  In 2017 she awarded the title of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres; in that same year, Politico named her one of the 12 people who would make the world a better place. Living in “self-imposed exile” in West London she has become one of our most vital voices in defending the values of democracy and multiculturalism, arguing against the “malady of certainty” that drives fundamentalists of all stripes. As a novelist, she resists the tendency to tribalism, telling The Guardian, “The expectation seems to be that a writer from each tribe must tell the story of that tribe. I’m Turkish but also many other things. For me, imagination is a desire to transcend boundaries. When we write, we can be multiple.” Below are Elif Shafak's favorite books, available to purchase individually or as a set. See the full list...

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    Process and Reality

    Alfred North Whitehead

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    Mike Leigh


    The Bab Ballads


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    Michael Shannon


    Notes and Counter Notes

    Eugene Ionesco

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    Pete Buttigieg


    Wolf Hall

    Hilary Mantel

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    Thomas Keller


    A Treasury of Great Recipes

    Mary and Vincent Price

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    The Rings of Saturn

    W.G. Sebald

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    Kenny Scharf


    Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo

    Hayden Herrera

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    Samin Nosrat


    The Hungry Ear

    Kevin Young

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    The Fish Can Sing

    Halldor Laxness

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