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    Betty Fussell

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    Married in 1949 at the age of 21 to the historian and writer Paul Fussell, Betty Fussell was self-taught in Latin and German and applied similar rigor to teaching herself to cook because (in her own words for Vogue in 2005) “housewifery wasn’t enough.” A self-education in cooking led to 12 books, a mix of memoir and essay, biography and history, and a 2009 win of the James Beard Foundation’s Journalism Award. Fussell released her latest, a book of essays titled “Eat, Live, Love, Die,” in November, 2016.

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

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    Marlon James


    The Master and Margarita

    Mikhail Bulgakov

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    Masha Gessen’s Guide to Understanding Tyranny


    Berlin Diaries, 1940-1945

    Marie Vassiltchikov

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    Jay McInerney


    The Great Gatsby

    F.Scott Fitzgerald

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    John Berendt


    The Earl of Louisiana

    A.J. Liebling

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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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    Sloane Crosley


    Birds of America

    Lorrie Moore

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    Eileen Myles



    Djuna Barnes

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    Daniel Pinchbeck


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    Joyce Johnson

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