Cheryl Strayed's favorite books

  • Lives of Girls and Women

    Lives of Girls and Women

    Alice Munro
    Fiction

    A poignant portrayal of a young girl's youth in a Canadian town and her awakening to womanhood in the 1940s follows Del Jordan as she explores the dark and bright sides of womanhood and records the frustrations, joys, triumphs, and trials of small-town life. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.

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    My favorite book

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  • New and Selected Poems

    New and Selected Poems

    Mary Oliver
    Poetry

    A collection of poems covering such topics as nature, writing, and art

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    one of my favorites

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  • Citizen

    Citizen

    Claudia Rankine
    An American Lyric
    ART

    Collects essays, poetry, and images that expose the racial tensions in twenty-first century life, highlighting the slights, slips of the tongue, and intentional offensives that pervade the home, school, and popular media.

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    it\'s just a really important book for us to be reading right now

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  • Johnny Got His Gun

    Johnny Got His Gun

    Dalton Trumbo
    Fiction

    The Searing Portrayal Of War That Has Stunned And Galvanized Generations Of Readers An immediate bestseller upon its original publication in 1939, Dalton Trumbo’s stark, profoundly troubling masterpiece about the horrors of World War I brilliantly crystallized the uncompromising brutality of war and became the most influential protest novel of the Vietnam era. Johnny Got His Gun is an undisputed classic of antiwar literature that’s as timely as ever. “A terrifying book, of an extraordinary emotional intensity.”--The Washington Post "Powerful. . . an eye-opener." --Michael Moore "Mr. Trumbo sets this story down almost without pause or punctuation and with a fury amounting to eloquence."--The New York Times "A book that can never be forgotten by anyone who reads it."--Saturday Review

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    Recommended on the Tim Ferriss Show

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