READING LIST: FAVORITE BOOKS BY ALEXANDRA THOM OF ARCHER & LEO
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  NAME:
Alexandra Thom
 
LOCATION:
On the Upper West Side of Manhattan
 
OCCUPATION:
I am the co-founder of boutique creative agency Archer& Leo and a fellow in the Exhibitions Department at the Brooklyn Museum. I also write short fiction.

WHERE WILL YOU BE READING THIS SUMMER?
I will do most of my reading on the subway during my commute.
Otherwise, I will be reading on my terrace with a glass of rosé – my favorite way to spend an early evening.

FAVORITE SPOT TO READ:
This is a tough question. I rarely read in bed, but almost anywhere else is game.
As a kid, I would hide out in the laundry cabinet during the day and read with a flashlight so no one would disturb me –
reading has served as an escape and an adventure, rolled into one, for as long as I can remember.
Ideally, I would be on a terrace in Paris overlooking the Canal St-Martin, or maybe on the sofa in my parent’s house.

FAVORITE BOOKS:
In no particular order:
Slouching Towards Bethlehem
The History of Love
The Gift of the Magi
Harriet the Spy
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
East of Eden
American Pastoral
Anything written by Michael Cunningham
Anything written by Ian McEwan
Short stories by Amy Hempel, ZZ Packer, J. D. Salinger, Nam Le, Flannery O’Connor, and Raymond Carver.

MY DREAM VACATION WOULD BE TO…
Since this is a “dream” vacation, I would be reading Gabriel García Márquez -whom I’ve never read- in Spanish -which I don’t speak- in Cambodia during a half-year long trip through South East Asia.

~Alexandra Thom

Alexandra is the co-founder of boutique creative agency Archer&Leo and a Kress Fellow in the Exhibitions Department at the Brooklyn Museum. She holds a BA from Vassar College and an MA in the History of Art from The Courtauld Institute in London. She is also a published author of academic articles and short fiction, an avid reader and a passionate traveler.

August 2013