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    "One of the things I pride myself on is being able to fit into whatever film I do," the actor and artist James Franco told The Guardian last year, explaining his diverse resume that ranges from stoner comedies (Pineapple Express) to arthouse flicks (Wim Wenders' 3D-drama Everything Will Be Fine). Over the years, Franco has both charmed and bemused critics with his refusal to be placed in a neat box, exploring the realms of poetry, fiction, art, and  performance with equal gusto. His Twitter and Instagram feeds alone might qualify as an art project. Not everyone approves—"I don’t think anybody’s afraid to write a bad review of my stuff," he told New York Magazine — but his all-consuming commitment to creativity can't be denied.

    Below are James Franco’s favorite books, available to purchase as a set or individually.

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    Ev Williams


    Mindfulness for Beginners

    Jon Kabat-Zinn

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    Hugh Dancy


    The Tremor of Forgery

    Patricia Highsmith

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    Gary Shteyngart


    Remembrance of Things Past

    Marcel Proust

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    Garth Greenwell


    The Small Backs of Children

    Lidia Yuknavitch

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    Lisa Yuskavage


    Don’t Shoot the Dog

    Karen Pryor

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    Simon Critchley


    The Great Gatsby

    F.Scott Fitzgerald

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    Sloane Crosley


    Birds of America

    Lorrie Moore

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    Eileen Myles



    Djuna Barnes

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    Daniel Pinchbeck


    Minor Characters

    Joyce Johnson

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