Celebrity Picks: Marlon James's Favorite Reads of 2018

Jon Foro on December 07, 2018
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225Marlon.jpgJames's A Brief History of Seven Killings is not an easy book, but it's a special feat in literature. Written as an oral history, using multiple voices, and set against an assassination attempt on Bob Marley that took place in the 1970s, the novel is violent, full of swearing, and long. It is also arguably a masterpiece. We're not alone in saying so: The book ended up on a multitude of best-of-2014 lists, and earned James the 2015 Man Booker Prize. Due this coming February, his next novel, Black Leopard, Red Wolf, is one of our most eagerly anticipated books of the coming year.

What has James read for enjoyment and inspiration? See his picks and why he chose them below, and look here for the latest celebrity favorites. For even more recommendations, learn more about the Amazon Books Editors' picks for the Best Books of the Year.

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Mrs. Caliban by Rachel Ingalls

Thirty-five years old and it still outpaces, out-weirds, and out-romances anything written today.

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She Would Be King by Wayétu Moore

This is not just a reimagining of Liberia in the 19th century: It’s the story as if the lion and not the hunter told it.

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Flights by Olga Tokarczuk

Flights works like a dream does: with fragmentary trails that add up to a delightful reimagining of the novel itself.


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Yuval Noah Harari
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Neil Patrick Harris
Neil Patrick Harris
Sean Hayes & Scott Icenogle
Sean Hayes & Scott Icenogle
Gina Homolka
Gina Homolka
Marlon James
Marlon James
John Kerry
John Kerry
Christopher Kimball
Christopher Kimball
Stephen King
Stephen King
Anne Lamott
Anne Lamott
Michael Lewis
Michael Lewis
Debbie Macomber
Debbie Macomber
DeRay Mckesson
DeRay Mckesson
Megan Mullally
Megan Mullally
Susan Orlean
Susan Orlean
Michael Ovitz
Michael Ovitz
Gwyneth Paltrow
Gwyneth Paltrow
James Patterson
James Patterson
Louise Penny
Louise Penny
Jodi Picoult
Jodi Picoult
Melissa Radke
Melissa Radke
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Rachel Renée Russell
Simon Sinek
Simon Sinek
Nicholas Sparks
Nicholas Sparks
Chrissy Teigen
Chrissy Teigen
Tiffani Thiessen
Tiffani Thiessen
Christina Tosi
Christina Tosi
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Jeff Tweedy
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