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By the Book: Jennifer Egan

THE PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING AUTHOR OF ‘A VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD’ AND THE FORTHCOMING ‘MANHATTAN BEACH’ READS ONLY WHAT SHE CRAVES: ‘IF I TRY TO READ A BOOK I’M NOT HUNGRY FOR, I WON’T ENJOY IT.’

Q: What books are on your nightstand now?

A: For years I’ve been reading mostly from the early 20th century for my own book, so there’s been a pile-up of work by writers I admire: Anne Carson’s “Nox”; Pankaj Mishra’s “Age of Anger”; “The Gene,” by Siddhartha Mukherjee; “Strangers Drowning,” by Larissa MacFarquhar; and “The Death of Aztec Tenochtitlan, the Life of Mexico City,” by Barbara Mundy, an art historian, who finds traces of Aztec culture and life in the structure of Mexico City. That seems a lot like what I keep trying to do with

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