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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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    Gabrielle Union


    The Autobiography of Malcom X

    as told to Alex Haley

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    Ellie Kemper



    Curtis Sittenfeld

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    Rose McGowan


    Love in the Time of Cholera

    Gabriel García Márquez

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    Steven Pinker

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    Whole Earth Discipline

    Stewart Brand

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    Amy Tan


    Love in the Time of Cholera

    Gabriel García Márquez

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    Meg Wolitzer


    To The Lighthouse

    Virginia Woolf

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    Liz Phair


    The Great Gatsby

    F.Scott Fitzgerald

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    Rachel Kushner


    The Brothers Karamazov

    Fyodor Dostoevsky

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    Sharon Horgan

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    The Girl Who Ran

    Christina Yee and Frances Poletti

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