Walk Through Walls by Marina Abramović

Call this an escape narrative, a memoir, a retrospective, or an exercise in navel-gazing, but Marina Abramović is a wild-hearted woman with a story worth sharing. This text, much like the artist herself, is raw, honest, and permeating. The story is meant to tug at the loose threads of the ordinary and to challenge the status quo, rich with tales of faraway lands boundary-breaking subcultures. Much like the unflinching gaze that characterized Abramović’s show-stopping, nearly three month long performance at the Museum of Modern Art, this book was written to leave the reader feeling forever changed.

The Ministry Of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy

Arundhati Roy’s writing transcends every boundary of literature. The lyrical, sing-song quality of her words never wavers, even as the plot ebbs and flows, and her third person omniscient narration moves from character to character. Where there are no words, she invents them. Her fiction is so rich and exceptionally crafted that there is a twenty-year gap between this novel and her first, which is entitled The God Of Small Things. Roy states, of her own irreverently passionate prose: “I am hysterical. I’m screaming from the bloody rooftops. And he and his smug little club are going ‘Shhhh… you’ll wake the neighbors!’ I want to wake the neighbors, that’s my whole point. I want everybody to open their eyes.”

Born With Teeth by Kate Mulgrew

Whether you know her as Captain Kathryn Janeway from Star Trek: Voyager or Galina “Red” Reznikov from Orange Is The New Black, Kate Mulgrew’s work as an actress has inspired viewers for decades. In her memoir, she reminisces upon the secret hardships of her life outside the spotlight, from her mother’s love affair with the town priest to the child she gave up for adoption as a young adult. With strong Irish Catholic roots but an artist’s reach toward the stars, Mulgrew chronicles the “growing pains” along her path to Hollywood.


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