Reading List // Madison Morales

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Madison Morales is an Austinite living and working in Brooklyn, New York. She is a visual artist (when she has the time) and works under the Powerhouse entity as the publicist for powerHouse Books, Assistant Director of powerHouse Portfolio Review & New York Photo Festival and web administrator for the bookstore POWERHOUSE Arena. She is a lover of books, cats, photography, and wine.


 

Some things I’ve read recently and plan to read:
 
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Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer
Have you ever wanted to know more about Mormonism? Well pick up Jon Krakauer’s Under the Banner of Heaven and you’ll dive into the lives / philosophy of those within the mormon community.

 

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Incest by Marquis De Sade
If you’ve ever read Marquis De Sade then you know how explicit & sexual his writing can be… which isn’t for everyone. All I have to say about the book is that it’s short & sweet.

 

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Light Years by James Salter
Relationships… they’re complicated as is the one told in James Salter’s Light Years. An honest yet devastating story of marriage. Thank you Mr. Salter, I love your writing.

 

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Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller 
My boyfriend recommended Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller as it’s one of his favorite books and he adores Miller. The book follows the adventures / mishaps, whatever you want to call them, of a young writer living in 1930s Paris. It’s written in a diary-like format and will jump from one idea to another, making it somewhat difficult to read. After twenty or so pages, you’ll adjust to Miller’s stylistic writing. In the words of Larry David, it’s pretttyyy, prettttyy, prettyyy, pretty good and I highly recommend it.

 

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My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
After reading up on all the hype about the book series and author, plus recommendations from friends, I decided it was time to pick up book one, My Brilliant Friend. Set in a small underprivileged town in the outskirts of Naples, the story follows the lives of two girls and their friendship (of fifty years). As the first book sets up the rest of the series and focuses primarily on their childhood years, the book can be slow / boring at times but I still think it’s worth picking up. As a result, I’ve started book two: The Story of a New Name.

 

On my list:
Hold Still by Sally Mann
Barbara the Slut and Other People by Lauren Holmes
Death Kit by Susan Sontag
Infinite Home by Kathleen Alcott

Because I love photography:
Songbook by Alec Soth
The Waters of Our Time by Thomas Roma
Walter Chandoha: The Cat Photographer by Walter Chandoha
Kids in Love by Olivia Bee

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