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    Deborah Eisenberg

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    The award-winning American writer Deborah Eisenberg, a granddaughter of Jewish immigrants who fled the pogroms of Czarist Russia, was almost 40 before her first story was published. Although her highly-regarded stories are informed by her close encounters with American injustice, initially as a teenager at an integrated campsite in Tennessee at the height of the civil rights movement, and later as an observer of U.S. conduct in Latin America, Eisenberg is wary of describing her work as political. “It’s not the purpose or practice of fiction writers to polemicize,” she told The Paris Review in 2013. “On the contrary, fiction might be the most unfettered way to go excavating for evidence of real human behavior and feeling. And if you keep your hands off them, your characters are bound to demonstrate the workings of the world in ways that take you by surprise.” Currently teaching writing at Columbia University, Eisenberg has just published her fifth collection of short stories, Your Duck is My Duck. About these ten books, she says, “This is today’s list; tomorrow’s would almost certainly be somewhat different.”

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  • Full List Deepak-Chopra

    Deepak Chopra


    What is Life?

    Erwin Schrödinger

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    Dev Hynes


    Coltrane on Coltrane: The John Coltrane Interviews

    edited by Chris DeVito

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    Devendra Banhart


    This Planet is Doomed: Poems of Sun Ra

    Sun Ra

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    Donald Robertson


    Once Upon a Time

    Slim Aarons

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    Doug Rushkoff


    Cosmic Trigger

    Robert Anton Wilson

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    Douglas Stuart


    Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit

    Jeanette Winterson

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    Drew Barrymore


    All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

    Robert Fulghum

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    Edmund White


    The Narrow Road to the Deep North

    Richard Flanagan

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    Eileen Myles



    Djuna Barnes

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