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.
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.
Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli
Beautiful writing about children, about life on the road, about the fraught US-Mexico border.
An Orchestra of Minorities by Chigozie Obioma
Brilliantly intertwining the human and spirit worlds. A major new African writer.
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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