Carrie Brownstein Lists Her 10 Desert Island Books

Out editor Aaron Hicklin is about to open a new bookstore called One Grand, with a sort of conceptual hook: The store will only sell books that various prominent cultural types (Ta-Nehisi Coates and Tilda Swinton among them) list among the 10 books they’d take to a desert island. One of those cultural types is Sleater-Kinney and Portlandia’s Carrie Brownstein, who’s about to become an author herself when her memoir Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl drops this fall. Brownstein shared her 10 picks, along with some commentary, to The New York TimesT Magazine. Her well-rounded list includes books like James Baldwin’s The Devil Finds Work and Joan Didion’s Slouching Towards Bethlehem, along with books by Truman Capote, Philip Larkin, and Maggie Nelson. There are exactly zero books about music. Check out her picks below.

The Devil Finds Work by James Baldwin

Collected Poems by Philip Larkin

Birds Of America by Lorrie Moore

The Waves by Virginia Woolf

The Professor And The Madman by Simon Winchester

Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion

We The Animals by Justin Torres

Ballad Of The Sad Cafe by Carson McCullers

Other Voices, Other Rooms by Truman Capote

The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson

Read what Brownstein has to say about all of them here. Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl is out 10/27 via Riverhead Books.