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    Maggie Nelson

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    Author and poet Maggie Nelson finds herself among 2016’s MacArthur Genius Grant recipients after writing nine books (five non-fiction and four poetry), including 2015's New York Times bestseller The Argonauts, which also won a National Book Critics Award in criticism. In The Argonauts, which details the love story between Nelson and her husband, gender-fluid artist Harry Dodge, Nelson further humanizes the trans experience. As she told The Guardian, “I like to think that what literature can do that op-ed pieces and other communications don’t do is describe felt experience, the flickering, bewildered places that people actually inhabit.” Nelson currently teaches in the CalArts MFA writing program.

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

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    Marianne Faithfull


    Brave New World

    Aldous Huxley

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    Betty Fussell


    Crime and Punishment

    Fyodor Dostoevsky

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    Marlon James


    The Master and Margarita

    Mikhail Bulgakov

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    Pamela Hanson


    Man’s Search for Meaning

    Viktor Frankl

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    Robert Longo


    The Painted Bird

    Jerzy Kosinski

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    Rufus Wainwright


    The Magic Mountain

    Thomas Mann

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    Laurie Anderson


    When Things Fall Apart

    Pema Chodron

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    A Literary Guide to Understanding Tyrannies and Dictatorships


    Berlin Diaries, 1940-1945

    Marie Vassiltchikov

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    Jay McInerney


    The Great Gatsby

    F.Scott Fitzgerald

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