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    The American writer William Finnegan, raised on surfing in California and Hawaii, took his aptitude for adventure and combined it with a preternatural ability to report and to write beautifully. Finnegan’s autobiographical book, Barbarian Days, in which he told the story of surfing, the foolishness of youth, and managed to delve into, among other topics, sexual politics in Tonga and the black market in Indonesia (while battling a case of malaria), won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography in 2016. David Remnick, editor of the New Yorker, where Finnegan is a staff writer, has called him, “One of the very best reporters I’ve ever seen in action, and without a doubt, Bill is the greatest surfer I’ve ever met.”

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    The Collected Stories of Grace Paley

    Grace Paley

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    Deepak Chopra


    What is Life?

    Erwin Schrödinger

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    Lena Dunham


    Gone with the Wind

    Margaret Mitchell

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    James Whiteside


    Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

    Lewis Carroll

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    Notes of a Native Son


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    Kehinde Wiley


    Love in the Time of Cholera

    Gabriel García Márquez

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    Roxane Gay

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    Bad Marie

    Marcy Dermansky

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    Deborah Eisenberg


    Into That Darkness

    Gitta Sereny

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    Christiane Amanpour

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    I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

    Maya Angelou

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