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Who is Reading What?
A Celebrity Reading List: 1991

 

 

Bella Abzug Whoopi Goldberg  Jack Nicklaus Tom Smothers
Lucy Arnaz Bob Keeshan Vincent Price  Gene Tierney (Lee)
Jeff Bridges Caroline Kennedy Marilyn Quayle Archibishop Desmond Tutu
Connie Chung Ann Landers  Gov. Ann W. Richards Robert Uhrich
Jacques-Yves Cousteau Robert Ludlum Geraldo Rivera
Gov. Mario Cuomo Loretta Lynn Diane Sawyer  
   

Bella Abzug 
Congresswoman

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The Temple of My Familiar  
by Alice Walker

Lucie Arnaz 

Actor

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A Book  
by Desi Arnaz
"I may not be very objective, but, I still feel my father's autobiography, A Book, is one of the most informative and entertaining books ever written especially in respect to the entertainment industry. It's an inspirational account of one immigrant's story of survival entwined with one of the greatest, and saddest, love stories I have ever known. It's a book I'm making into a Broadway musical and it could be a bible for the Television Hall of Fame."

Jeff Bridges 

Actor

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Iron John  
by Robert Bly
". . . [G]reat book about 'Men.'"

Connie Chung 

News anchor

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Little Women  
by Louisa May Alcott 

 

All the King's Men 
by Robert Penn Warren 

 

All the President's Men 
by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward 

"Good luck with your project. I think that reading is one of the most important things you can do for yourself."

Jaques-Yves Cousteau 

Explorer

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People  
by Peter Spier
"People, by Peter Spier, is a delightful book, for adults of all ages as well as for children. Beyond its charm, it is a smiling lesson of ecology. I am impatient to share my delight with my grandchildren."

Mario Cuomo

Governor of New York

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Lincoln on Democracy Please accept my congratulations and best wishes for your superb work in encouraging our young people to read.

I spent much of my own childhood reading in my parents' grocery store in New York City. In those days, the longer the book, the more I enjoyed it.

Asked to nominate a favorite today for National Library Week, I am pleased and proud to suggest Lincoln on Democracy, a wonderful new collection of our greatest president's public and private words on freedom, equality and self-determination.

I make this suggestion not just because I co-edited Lincoln on Democracy--the important words are Lincoln's, not mine--but because his beautifully expressed ideas remain the most inspiring ever written on why all people, everywhere, should be free.

Enclosed herewith is the self-addressed stamped envelope which you so thoughtfully enclosed with your letter. Thank you for asking me to participate in this wonderful program.

Sincerely,

Mario M. Cuomo 
Governor of New York

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Whoopi Goldberg 

Comedian

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To Kill a Mockingbird  
by Harper Lee
"--when reading, the characters and situations are so vivid--it will always remain my favorite."

Bob Keeshan (Captain Kangaroo) 

Actor

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Stone Soup  
by Marcia Brown
Dear Ms. Nowell, 
Thank you so much for inviting Bob Keeshan (Captain Kangaroo) to participate in your National Library Week celebration. There are many books that Mr. Keeshan enjoyed while he was growing up, but one of his favorites was, and still is, Stone Soup by Marcia Brown. He has read the book occasionally on the Captain Kangaroo Show, and our viewers seem to appreciate it as much as Mr. Keeshan does. 

Mr. Keeshan thanks you again for thinking of him. 

Cordially, 

Laura Ramsey 
for Bob Keeshan

Caroline Kennedy

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The Scarlet Pimpernel  
by Baroness Orczy 

 

Black Elk Speaks 
by John Niehardt 

 

Moby Dick 
by Herman Melville 

"I think your list is a great idea."

Ann Landers 

Advise columnist

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The Scarlet Letter  
by Nathaniel Hawthorne
A baby out of wedlock. Single parent. Working mother. Rebellious daughter. Sadistic, avenging husband. Cowardly lover. These are some of today's challenging problems that are mirrored in a powerful story, sensitively written by a nineteenth century author, in a seventeenth century setting. The novel, The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne is a long-time favorite of mine. I never cease to marvel at the enduring courage and heroic selflessness of the beautiful Hester Prynne forced to wear a scarlet "A." I take great satisfaction that women today are far less likely to be subjected to the cruel humiliation that was hers. 

I send my best wishes. 

Sincerely, 

Ann Landers

Robert Ludlum

Actor

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A Tale of Two Cities 
by Charles Dickens 

 

Moby Dick 
by Herman Melville 

 

Northwest Passage 
by Kenneth Roberts

"Almost any of [Charles] Dickens' works, with an edge to A Tale of Two Cities for the greatest "opening passage" of any novel in the English language. 

[Herman] Melville's Moby Dick--as with the above, the rest of this classic lives up to the opening lines. 

Kenneth Roberts--considered a "minor author" by the pseudo-elitists, he had a wonderful imagination with a descriptive brilliance that captured the majesty of our lands in North America." 

Loretta Lynn

Singer

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The Bible 

"Loretta has remarked on several occasions that the Bible is her favorite book to read."

-Cindy Plemons, Loretta Lynn Enterprises

Jack Nicklaus

Pro Golfer

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A Time to Die 
by Wilbur Smith
"Thanks for inviting me to help promote National Library Week. Unfortunately, I never particularly liked to read when I was a youngster . . . I guess there were too many other things I considered "more important." Fortunately, my attitude changed as I became an adult.

I still don't have as much time to read as I would like, but when I do pick up a book, it's usually one by Wilbur Smith. I've read everything he has written. I can't say his books have made a difference in my life, but I do find them interesting, entertaining, and often eye-opening. If you like adventure and are interested in Africa, I think you'll enjoy any of his books."

Vincent Price

Actor

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Nothing if Not Critical 
by Robert Hughes
"Nothing if Not Critical by Robert Hughes. The greatest art critic of our time brings us up to date not only with the Art of our Time, but the Art of Criticism." 

Marilyn Quayle

Second Lady of the United States

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The Icon and the Axe 
by James H. Billington
Thank you for your letter. I derive a great deal of pleasure in reading, and have enjoyed a wide variety of authors in both fiction and non-fiction.

I am happy to recommend a title for your suggested reading list: The Icon and the Axe by James H. Billington. This interpretive history of Russian culture enhances our understanding of the dramatic changes presently occurring in that part of the world.

Thanks again for your interest. Happy reading to everyone.

Sincerely,

Marilyn Quayle

Ann W. Richards

Governor of Texas

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The Wall 
by John Hershey
To the Gardiner Public Library,

I love to read. When I was a little girl, Heidi, was the only book I had and I read it over and over again. When we moved from the country to a city with a library, a whole new world opened before me. I read every book I could get my hands on and I am still a voracious reader.

My favorite book is The Wall by John Hersey. It draws on a critical period in our history, World War II in Poland. It is about the destruction of the Jewish community in Warsaw. It is a lesson in vigilance to protect our freedoms and an inspiring account of the human spirit in the worst of times.

Sincerely,

Ann W. Richards 
Governor of Texas 

Geraldo Rivera

Journalist

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One Hundred Years of Solitude 
by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Diane Sawyer

Journalist

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Huckleberry Finn 
by Mark Twain
"--wins the Sweepstakes for depth, reach & charm every time."

Tom Smothers

Comedian

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White Fang 
by Jack London

Gene Tierney (Lee)

Actor

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My Antonia 
by Willa Cather
"--loved it, wonderful reading."

Archbishop Desmond Tutu

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God's Fool: The Life and Times of Francis of Assisi 
by Julian Green 


Francis: The Journey and the Dream 
by Fr. Murray Bodo

Dear Ms. Nowell,

Thank you for your letter of 7 January 1991.

When I was young I enjoyed greatly reading Lamb's Tales from Shakespeare and Aesop's Fables, but now I read mostly theological works. Most recently books especially on St. Francis of Assisi have fascinated me: 
e.g. Julian Green's God's Fool: The Life and Times of Francis of Assisi and Fr. Bodo's Francis: The Journey and the Dream.

My father encouraged me to read English by allowing me to read comics and I developed an eager appetite for more serious reading thereafter.

With all good wishes,

God bless you,

Yours Sincerely,

+Desmond Cape Town (signed in absentia)

Robert Uhrich

Actor

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White Fang 
by Jack London
"--a memorable book that my son and I read together."

 

 

Ex Libris

 

Our annual Who Reads What? List always inspires people to read books that are different from their usual fare. This fourth compilation offers many excellent recommendations from noted and respected people, graciously sharing their favorite reading.

 

The library is busier than ever. Part of this activity may be the economic times, but much is because whole families are now re-discovering the importance of reading and cultural activities. Please help us keep this movement growing by promoting your favorite materials to your friends and neighbors. Use your library. Tell us what services you want and join us in keeping libraries a strong and vital part of your community.

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