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We started reading together in a two-person book club almost as soon as we started thinking about our first project. It was a way of keeping ourselves together mentally, as if we were talking constantly. We tried to inhabit the ideas that were inherent in our inaugural project The Closer Together Things Are as both curatorial incentive and artistic practice. It soon became an ongoing tug-of-war that simultaneously informs our curatorial direction and responds to it.

We also read on our own and not always at the same time. We are a bit like workout partners. We keep each other going and suggest new and exciting brain exercises for each other. Our reading choices also reflect the times, how we are collectively feeling, the escapes we might need or how we might like to influence or inform each other's experience or our collective practice.

It's entertainment, education and a curatorial tool.

Richard Powers: Bewilderment

Simon Rich: New Teeth

Andrew Palmer: The Bachelor

Natasha Trethewey: Memorial Drive

Sheila Heti: Pure Colour

George Saunders: A Swim in a Pond in the Rain

Miriam Toews: Fight Night

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Christie Tate: Group

Sally Rooney: Beautiful World, Where are You

Suleika Jaouad: Between Two Kingdoms

Colm Tóibin: The Magician

Maggie Nelson: The Argonauts

Harry Dodge: My Meteorite

Zülfü Livaneli: Disquiet

Ottessa Moshfegh: My Year of Rest and Relaxation

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Chigozie Obioma: The Fishermen

Nella Larsen: Passing

Ralph Ellison: The Invisible Man

A Knock on the Door: The Essential History of Residential Schools

Patricia Highsmith: The Talented Mr. Ripley

Ben Lerner: Leaving the Atocha Station

Thomas Grattan: The Recent East

Catherine Lacey: Pew

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James Baldwin: Go Tell It On The Mountain

Etaf Rum: A Woman Is No Man

Colum McCann: Let the Great World Spin

Vivek Shraya: The Subtweet

Garth Greenwell: Cleanness

William Maxwell: So Long, See You Tomorrow

Anakana Schofield: Bina

Vanessa Veselka: The Great Offshore Grounds

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Fatima Bhutto: The Runaways

Colum McCann: Apeirogon, A Novel

Maaza Mengiste: The Shadow Kind

Brit Bennett: The Vanishing Half

Douglas Stuart: Shuggie Bain

Charles Yu: Interior Chinatown

Kiley Reid: Such a Fun Age

Helen Macdonald: Versper Flights

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Catherine Lacey: Nobody is Ever Missing

Catherine Lacey: The Answers

Catherine Lacey: Certain American States

Ocean Vuong: On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous

Anne Tyler: Redhead by the Side of the Road

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

John Berger: Hold Everything Dear

Ben Lerner: The Topeka School

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Anna Hope: expectation 

Diana Evans: Ordinary People

Lauren Groff: Fates and Furies

Saeed Jones: How We Fight for our Lives

Kristen Arnett: Mostly Dead Things

Salman Rushdie: Quichotte

Carmen Maria Machado: In the Dream House

Bernardine Evaristo: Girl, Woman, Other

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Anne Tyler: Vinegar Girl

Salmon Rushdie: Haroun and the Sea of Stories

David Sedaris: Calypso

Sally Rooney: Normal People

Susan Choi: Trust Exercise

Elizabeth Strout: Olive, Again

Anne Tyler: Clock Dance

Kiese Laymon: Heavy

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Ian McEwan: Machines Like Me

Hanya Yanagihara: A Little Life

Pajtim Statovci: My Cat Yugoslavia 

Tanya Tagaq: Split Tooth

Michael Ondaatje: Warlight 

Alexander Chee: How to Write an Autobiographical Novel

Tom Perotta: Little Children

Ian McEwan: Sweet Tooth

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Esi Edugyan: Washington Black

Tom Perotta: The Leftovers

Tom McCarthy: Satin Island

Tom Perotta: The Abstinence Teacher

Tom McCarthy: Remainder 

Ben Lerner: 10:04

Olivia Laing: Crudo, a novel

Lisa Halliday: Asymmetry

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Richard Powers: The Overstory

Elena Ferrante: My Brilliant Friend 

The Moth

Celeste Ng: Little Fires Everywhere

Ali Smith: Autumn

Aminatta Forna: Happiness

Jennifer Egan: Manhattan Beach

Jenny Zhang: Sour Heart

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Anne Tyler: Breathing Lessons

Sally Rooney: Conversations with Friends

Paul Auster: 4 3 2 1

Tom Perotta: Mrs. Fletcher

Anne Tyler: A Spool of Blue Thread

Anne Tyler: Noah’s Compass

Anthony Doer: All the Light We Cannot See

Virginia Woolf: To the Lighthouse

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