Legendary writer Pico Iyer recommends books for Quarantine Reading


Legendary novelist and travel writer Pico Iyer recommends books for quarantine reading

Literature that'll soothe your anxieties

By ELLE team  April 14th, 2020

As we enter another week of work from home, social isolation, and a sense of insecurity about what the future holds, books prove to be an engaging interlude from the demoralising news cycle. British-born novelist and essayist Pico Iyer, known for his travel writing, recommends a reading list that’ll help you glide through these tough times. From classics by one of the greatest American poet and writer Emily Dickinson to the 1978 book that chronicles Peter Matthiessen’s two-month search for a snow leopard, swipe through to find out what you should be reading, according to Pico Iyer.

The Writing Life by Annie Dillard is an in-depth account on Dillard's own experience as a writer

The Summing Up by Somerset Maugham is a razor-sharp, witty and acutely observant autobiography

Letters Of Emily Dickinson is a whimsical, humorous and deeply insightful collection of letters that the poet wrote to her family and friends throughout her life 

The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen is an account of a spiritual quest, as the author goes on an expedition with field biologist George Schaller to spot a snow leopard in the Himalayas 

 

Walden by Henry David Thoreau is a vivid account of the time when Thoreau lived in a secluded cabin at Walden Pond