Eleanor Friedberger: TOP TEN BOOKS


A stalwart member of Brooklyn’s music scene, Freidberger came to fame as one half of indie rock duo, The Fiery Furnaces, but has since embarked on a successful solo career. Her 2013 album, Personal Record, marked her out as a particularly compelling storyteller. “When I write a song, the lyrics come first,” she has said. “It’s just always more about getting a story or an emotion across, than it is about creating a mood with the music. Hopefully they complement each other. But it is about the words first.”

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


World Within World

Stephen Spender
For those thinking about writing a memoir, take a lesson from Mr. Spender and read this!
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The House Book

Terence Conran
The bible for home interior design and a little soft porn to boot.
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The Sea, The Sea

Iris Murdoch
Murdoch's beautiful writing is endlessly entertaining and this novel about obsession is a perfect read while traveling alone.
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Yotam Ottolenghi
My go-to cook book where you can't go wrong.
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Yotam Ottolenghi
My go-to cook book where you can't go wrong.
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A Life in Movies: An Autobiography

Michael Powell
A true master; take your time reading this in-between watching A Matter of Life and Death, The Red Shoes, and I Know Where I'm Going.
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The Greek Islands

Lawrence Durrell
A memoir, travel, history, and photo book rolled into one; Durrell is a perfect companion.
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Popism, The Warhol '60s

Andy Warhol & Pat Hackett
Totally hilarious and a great sneak-peak into 60s New York.
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The Songs of Bob Dylan from 1966 through 1975

Bob Dylan
Grab a guitar and play some songs!
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Division Street: America

Studs Terkel
Particular affinity to this since I grew up one block north of Division Street; the greatest listener shares the voices of the people of Chicago.
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