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    “My mother was a French teacher, so literature was very important to the family,” says Francois Ozon, the acclaimed film director behind such contemporary classics as 8 Women and Swimming Pool. The director, who in 2002 adapted one of his favorite novels - Elizabeth Taylor’s Angel - describes his childhood reading as a way to understand the world. “I was so curious as a young child, and I was a dreamer, and books were a way to discover the other side of my reality,” he says. “It’s like finding the secret behind the door. My problem with literature now is that I’m always thinking as a director, so when I read a book I’m viewing it through a director’s prism: would it make a good movie? When I was young and only dreaming of becoming a director I could be fully lost in a book.” Ozon's latest movie, Summer of '85, is currently on general release. Below are Francois Ozon's favorite books, available to purchase individually or as a set. See the full list...

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    How to Write an Autobiographical Novel

    Alexander Chee

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    Viet Thanh Nguyen


    Your Personal Penguin

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    On Beauty

    Zadie Smith

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    Samantha Power


    We Crossed a Bridge and it Trembled: Voices from Syria

    Wendy Pearlman

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    Zoe Lister-Jones


    Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret

    Judy Blume

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    Misty Copeland


    Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story

    Kevin Noble Maillard

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    Michael Ian Black


    From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

    E.L. Konigsburg

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    Elizabeth Bishop

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    Maaza Mengiste


    Song of Solomon

    Toni Morrison

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