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    Before taking his place in the film world, Massachusetts-born Jesse Peretz got his start in music; Peretz co-founded the Lemonheads, an Alternative rock band with roots in punk, in 1986—though he quit before their breakout album, It’s a Shame About Ray, hit the radio. Still, Peretz remained in its orbit by picking up a camera and working as the band photographer, and seemingly found his place comfortably behind the lens. After documenting the Lemonheads, Peretz moved into directing commercials and music videos, including for the Foo Fighters, before a foray into film solidified his path (American Splendor and Our Idiot Brother,) and TV (including episodes of HBO’s Girls). "People dedicate themselves to being in a rock band and then it dries up. They have everyone kissing their butt, picking them up in limos. And then in two years, nobody [cares] anymore,” he told the LA Times in 1998 when First Love, Last Rites, his first feature, debuted. His most recent project, Juliet, Naked, was a movie adaptation of the Nick Hornby novel starring Rose Byrne and Chris O’Dowd.

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    Jo Nesbø

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    Klas Ôstergren

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    John Berendt


    The Earl of Louisiana

    A.J. Liebling

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    John Cameron Mitchell


    The Subtle Knife

    Phillip Pullman

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    John Irving


    Fifth Business

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    Ann Patchett

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    John Waters


    Good Morning, Midnight

    Jean Rhys

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    Julie Klausner


    I Lost it at the Movies

    Pauline Kael

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    Julio Torres


    The Banquet Years

    Roger Shattuck

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    Justin Vivian Bond


    Eustace Chisholm And The Works

    James Purdy

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