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    James Ivory

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    The American filmmaker and screenwriter James Ivory is best known for his partnership (both professional and personal) with Ismail Merchant, with whom he created 44 films, and an entire movie idiom, often based on literary classics. Merchant Ivory Productions garnered six Oscars, and Ivory himself has received four nominations, including for Best Adapted Screenplay for Call Me By Your Name, making him the second oldest person to be nominated for an Oscar.  “I’ve always liked to make things that were beautiful,” Ivory told The Daily Beast. “I wanted to create beauty. That was my main desire. I’m just glad those films have been found beautiful by many, many people. Political consequences have never really come into my thinking.”

    Below are James Ivory's favorite books, available to purchase individually or as a set. See the full list...

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    George Saunders


    Hope Against Hope

    Nadezhda Mandelstam

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    Neneh Cherry


    Sassafrass, Cypress & Indigo

    Ntozake Shange

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    Trevor Noah


    Native Life in South Africa

    Sol Plaatje

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    Chip Kidd


    Kafka on the Shore

    Haruki Murakami

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    Rafael de Cárdenas



    Stephen King

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    Chelsea Handler


    On Booze

    F. Scott Fitzgerald

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    Matthew Modine


    The Cousteau Almanac of the Environment: An Inventory of Life on a Water Planet (Vintage Edition)

    Jacques-Yves Cousteau

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    Cillian Murphy


    Appointment in Samarra

    John O\'Hara

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    Drew Barrymore


    All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

    Robert Fulghum

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