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    American author Ottessa Moshfegh leapt right out of the gate with her debut novel, "Eileen," which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, and received the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award in 2016. Just this week, Penguin Press published Moshfegh's most recent novel, "My Year of Rest and Relaxation," which, like her other works, centers on a difficult-to-like, existentially angsty protagonist mucking her way through her own version of reality. She is, as the New Yorker put it, "easily the most interesting contemporary American writer on the subject of being alive when being alive feels terrible."

    “If I had to live the rest of my life alone on a desert island," says Moshfegh, "I'd bring books written by my friends. Who else would I want to keep me company? It might make me lonelier to be among my favorite people, knowing I'll never see them again, but to be immersed in their strange imaginations and feel the strength of their creative visions, I think, would keep me from drowning myself, or gulping enough saltwater to make me lose my mind completely.”

    Below are Ottessa Moshfegh's favorite books, available to purchase individually or as a set. See the full list...

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    Tilda Swinton


    Great Expectations

    Charles Dickens

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    Gabrielle Union


    The Autobiography of Malcom X

    as told to Alex Haley

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    Greta Gerwig


    To The Lighthouse

    Virginia Woolf

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    Tom Hanks

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    The Future is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia

    Masha Gessen

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    Hans Ulrich Obrist

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    The Red Book

    Carl Jung

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    Emily Mortimer


    The Girls of Slender Means

    Muriel Spark

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    Ellie Kemper



    Curtis Sittenfeld

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    Rose Byrne

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    What We Talk About When We Talk About Love

    Raymond Carver

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    Rose McGowan


    Love in the Time of Cholera

    Gabriel García Márquez

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