Brie Larson’s favourite books are guaranteed to soothe your soul

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Self-proclaimed bookworm Brie Larson takes us through her favourite reads.

The Vegetarian by Han Kang

The Vegetarian by Han Kang
The Vegetarian by Han Kang

“I just finished The Vegetarian. It’s scary and sad, but also deeply tender. It made me question my autonomy, which is exactly what I look for in a book.”

(Portobello Books, £8.99)

The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson

The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson
The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson

“Sometimes reading about another person’s life brings you closer to your own. That’s what this beautifully honest novel did for me. It’s a must-read.”

(Melville House, £9.99)

Radical Women: Latin American Art 1960-1985 by Andrea Giunta and Cecilia Fajardo-Hill

Radical Women by Andrea Giunta and Cecilia Fajardo-Hill
Radical Women by Andrea Giunta and Cecilia Fajardo-Hill

“A book based on the incredible Radical Women exhibition [which toured the US in 2017 and 2018]. Prepare to be stunned and inspired.”

(Prestel, £45)

Am I There Yet? by Mari Andrew

Am I There Yet? by Mari Andrew

“This was given to me by my best friend and was the perfect reminder that life is twisty, turny and full of surprises. We are always searching, always changing.”

(Clarkson Potter Publishers, £14.99)

Daybook: The Journal of an Artist by Anne Truitt

Daybook: The Journal of an Artist by Anne Truitt
Daybook: The Journal of an Artist by Anne Truitt

“One of the great artists of our time, it’s a treat to be allowed into Anne Truitt’s mind as she contemplates the ups and downs of being an artist, mother and friend.”

(Scribner, £10.99)

Words Under the Words: Selected Poems by Naomi Shihab Nye

Words Under the Words: Selected Poems by Naomi Shihab Nye

“My copy of this book is worn from flipping through it so much. It contains one of my favourite poems of all time, Two Countries.”

(Eighth Mountain Press, £11.99)

You Play the Girl by Carina Chocano

You Play the Girl by Carina Chocano

“Super insightful book on the female form in film. This will really get your wheels turning about the images we were shown growing up and the new ways women can be depicted in the future.”

(Virago, £14.99)

The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann

The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann
The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann

“This is the most life-changing novel. It’s long, it’s difficult sometimes but it is a world I never wanted to leave. It is the type of art I aspire to make.”

(Vintage Classics, £10.99)

We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby

We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby

“The essays in this collection are hilarious, insightful and thought-provoking. If I could, I’d like to hang with Samantha Irby for the rest of time.”

(Faber & Faber, £9.99)

Consolations by David Whyte

Consolations by David Whyte
Consolations by David Whyte

“A series of meditations on different words and how they shape the way we translate our experience. It has healed and broken my heart over and over.”

(Many Rivers Press, £16.85)

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