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36 Must-Read Books Recommended by Roxane Gay

Is it just me, or are we all just biding our time until the next piece of work by Roxane Gay is released? Whether she’s writing fiction, nonfiction, short stories, comics, or screenplays, her writing makes an unforgettable impact.

Not only is she an impressive writer, but she is a prolific reader, as well. Luckily for us, she makes no attempts at hiding the books she reads. If she loves a book you will either find a review on her Goodreads page, a tweet with current favorites, or a blurb on the cover of a book. So I’ve rounded up 36 books endorsed by Roxane to tide us over until we can get our fix of her next piece of incredible writing.

If you want to read what Roxane has to say about the books listed below, be sure to visit her Goodreads page!

1. HOW TO WRITE AN AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL NOVEL BY ALEXANDER CHEE

How to Write an Autobiographical Novel is the author’s manifesto on the entangling of life, literature, and politics, and how the lessons learned from a life spent reading and writing fiction have changed him. In these essays, he grows from student to teacher, reader to writer, and reckons with his identities as a son, a gay man, a Korean American, an artist, an activist, a lover, and a friend. Read More.
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2. COMMONWEALTH BY ANN PATCHETT

One Sunday afternoon in Southern California, Bert Cousins shows up at Franny Keating’s christening party uninvited. Before evening falls, he has kissed Franny’s mother, Beverly—thus setting in motion the dissolution of their marriages and the joining of two families.

Spanning five decades, Commonwealth explores how this chance encounter reverberates through the lives of the four parents and six children involved. Read More.
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3. I AM A MAGICAL TEENAGE PRINCESS BY LUKE GEDDES

I Am a Magical Teenage Princess is a thematically linked collection of short stories celebrating and re-examining 1960s and contemporary culture, magnifying such popular icons as Betty and Veronica and Wonder Woman through a literary lens of wit and pathos.

In ‘Surfer Girl’, the title character drifts through time, tormented by the bizarre cliches of drive-in B-movies. ‘Another Girl, Another Planet’ depicts a reluctant teenage astronaut idling away her post-apocalyptic adolescence huffing gasoline and fooling around with her five brutish shipmates, all named Tommy. Read More.
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