Celebrity picks: Salman Rushdie's favorite reads of 2019

Chris Schluep on November 20, 2019
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One of our favorite books this year was Salman Rushdie's Quichotte. Inspired by Don Quixote, Rushdie's novel skewers his own age in the same way that Cervantes stuck it to the 17th century. It is a fun, thought-provoking read. Those are two words that don't always go together.

The truth is we would be interested in Rushdie's Celebrity Picks even if he didn't have a novel coming out this year. Rushdie is a writer who is clearly interested in what people are writing all over the world, and that is reflected in his recommendations.

Scroll down to see what Salmon Rushdie has read and loved lately.




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Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk

Brilliant, black-comic, eccentric writing. A novelist I only recently discovered, who is fully worthy of her Nobel Prize.

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Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli

Beautiful writing about children, about life on the road, about the fraught US-Mexico border.


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An Orchestra of Minorities by Chigozie Obioma

Brilliantly intertwining the human and spirit worlds. A major new African writer.


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The Other Americans by Laila Lalami

A profound examination of race, religion and class in the world of a Moroccan American immigrant family, but also a gripping murder story.


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Judd Apatow
Judd Apatow
David Baldacci
David Baldacci
Mark Bittman
Mark Bittman
Karamo Brown
Karamo Brown

Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant
Eva Chen
Eva Chen
Ani DiFranco
Ani DiFranco
Ree Drummond
Ree Drummond

Janet Evanovich
Janet Evanovich
Jimmy Fallon
Jimmy Fallon
Flea
Flea
Tan France
Tan France

Elizabeth Gilbert
Elizabeth Gilbert
Chelsea Handler
Chelsea Handler
Rachel Hollis
Rachel Hollis
Bob Iger
Robert Iger

Elton John
Elton John
Stephen King
Stephen King
Jeff Kinney
Jeff Kinney
Hoda Kotb
Hoda Kotb

Debbie Macomber
Debbie Macomber
Admiral McRaven
Admiral McRaven
Erin Morgenstern
Erin Morgenstern
Lupita Nyong'o
Lupita Nyong'o

Delia Owens
Delia Owens
James Patterson
James Patterson
Louise Penny
Louise Penny
Dav Pilkey
Dav Pilkey

Antoni Porowski
Antoni Porowski
Rachel Ray
Rachael Ray
Jason Reynolds
Jason Reynolds
Rick Riordan
Rick Riordan

Adam Rippon
Adam Rippon
Salman Rushdie
Salman Rushdie
Drew Scott
Drew Scott
Jonathan Scott
Jonathan Scott

Ryan Serhant
Ryan Serhant
Carly Simon
Carly Simon
Simon Sinek
Simon Sinek
Gloria Steinem
Gloria Steinem

John Waters
John Waters
Lindy West
Lindy West
Ali Wong
Ali Wong


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