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Our Reading List Recommended by...You!

Given that we're super fans of reading here at the Arts Endowment, we're always asking each other for book recommendations. We thought it was about time we asked all of you. So we did.

Here are the reading recs from fans of our Facebook page. Have something to add? Let us know in the comments.

Haitian, Haitian-American novels, Edwidge Danticat, Jacques Roumain, Jacques Stephen Alexis---because of the gut-numbing problems the country is facing, and the fact that the international community has failed to respond well despite that Haiti is and has been in the hearts of a huge amount of Americans since the earthquake. --- Adolf A.

I'm enjoying Marina Gorbis' new book The Nature of the Future. Full disclosure, I'm biased though, because it features a section on National Endowment for the Arts grantee, Global Lives Project  --- David H.

Tracy Kidder and Richard Todd's Good Prose (wonderful insights into the art and craft of writing); and Gretel Ehrlich's Facing the Wave: A Journey in the Wake of the Tsunami (a beautifully written and moving account of resilience).--- Maureen D.

The Last Seer and the Tomb of Enoch by Ashland Menshouse --- Bryan A.

Currently, the Game of Thrones series and Emma by Jane Austen. --- Lauren S.

Re-reading John Collier's Fancies & Goodnights --- August R.

Re-reading Bless Me, Última [by Rudolfo Anaya] for the umpteenth time. My organization is spearheading a RI Latinos Read project in Rhode Island. --- Marta M.

Trust Fund Baby by Douglas Richardson; Stardust & A Soul by Scott Kaestner; Borderline by Nevada Barr; The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver --- Jen R.

The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro! --- Laura D-M.

The Painted Girls --- Edgar Degas' wax-and-fabric statuette Little Dancer Aged Fourteen has held the curiosity of millions in its 28 bronze reproductions, but far fewer know the heart-rending history of the model, Marie van Goethem, and her sisters. In The Painted Girls, a historically based work of fiction rich with naturalistic details of late-19th-century Paris, Cathy Marie Buchanan paints the girls who spring from the page as vibrantly as a dancers leap across a stage. The Painted Girls is a captivating story. --- Laura M.

Borderland La Frontera: the New Mestiza by Gloria Anzaldua --- Edi Z.

It's about litterature, is an auto fiction, and it's French: Simon Liberati, 113 études de littérature romantique. --- Guillaume M.

My New Gender Workbook by Kate Bornstein --- Marsian D.L.

The Artist's Way at Work by Julia Cameron --- Perrin C.

Our programs manager just finished The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker and Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt and can't stop raving about them! --- Arts Council Napa Valley

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan --- Melissa R.

Americah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Transatlantic by Colum McCann, The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells by Andrew Sean Greer and A Dance With Dragons by George RR Martin --- Helen S.

I am re-reading Search for the Real by Hans Hofmann. --- Burton Studio School for the Visual Arts

The Sound of Language by Amulya Malladi --- The Danish Immigrant Museum


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