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Who is Reading What?
A Celebrity Reading List: 1992

 

 

Isaac Asimov Richard M. Daley Paul Harvey Yoko Ono
Dave Barry Ted Danson Tippi Hedren Fess Parker
Pat Boone Elizabeth Dole Glenda Jackson Robert Parker
Daniel J. Boorstein Linda Ellerbee Ewing Kauffman Linus Pauling
Dr. Joyce Brothers Sally Field Gene Kelly Paula Prentiss
Leo Buscaglia, Ph.D. Diane Von Furstenburg  Martin Landau Charles Schulz
Ruth Buzzi John Kenneth Galbraith Janet Leigh Tom Seaver
Julia Child Vincent Gardenia  Elizabeth Montgomery Gloria Steinem
Alistair Cooke  Art Garfunkel Roger Mudd Raquel Welch
Robert Cormier  Joel Grey Brian Mulroney  

 

 

Isaac Asimov
Author

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Pickwick Papers 
by Charles Dickes
". . . read at least 25 times."
Dave Barry
Humor columnist

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WLT 
by Garrison Keillor
"This is a book wherein Keillor imagines a radio station, then populates it with imagined people, who are wonderfully real." 
Pat Boone
Actor

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The Bible "This is truly my 'manufacturer's handbook' and I have to refer to it every day." 
Daniel J. Boorstein
Historian

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The Life of Sir Richard Francis Burton 
by Edward Price 

 

The James 
by R.W.B. Lewis 

Dr. Joyce Brothers
Psychologist

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Caribbean 
by James Michener 
"I would recommend any book by James A. Michener. His new book is Caribbean. It is the easiest way I know to make history fascinating." 
Leo Buscaglia, Ph.D.
Lecturer

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The Little Prince 
by Antoine de Saint Exupery 
Ruth Buzzi
Actress

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As a Man Thinketh 
by James Allen 
"This little volume is not intended as an exhaustive treatise on the power of thought. It is suggestive . Its object is to stimulate men and women to the discovery and perception of the truth that they themselves are makers of themselves by the virtue of the thoughts which they choose and encourage. Everyone should read this book at least one time in their life." 
Julia Child
Chef

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Ralph on the Engine 
Bob, Son of Battle 
by Alfred Ollivant 

Alistair Cooke
Journalist

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Required Writing 
by Philip Larkin 
Robert Cormier
Author

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Marriage Lines 
by Ogden Nash 

 

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer 
by Mark Twain 

 

The Web and the Rock 
by Thomas Wolfe 

 

The Catcher in the Rye 
by J.D. Salinger 

 

The Power and the Glory 
by Graham Greene 

 

The End of the Affair 
by Graham Greene 

Richard M. Daley
Chicago Mayor

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Night Over Water 
by Ken Follet 
Ted Danson
Actor

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Tom Sawyer 
by Mark Twain 
Elizabeth Dole
U.S. Senator

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The Killer Angels 
by Michael Shaara 
Linda Ellerbee
Journalist

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Catch 22 
by Joseph Heller
"...for the sanity of the thing." 
Sally Field
Actor

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So Big 
by Edna Ferber 
"I love all of her works, but this is one of my favorites." 
Diane Von Furstenburg
Fashion designer

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Anna Karenina 
by Leo Tolstoy 
"The most beautiful love story ever." 
John Kenneth Galbraith
Economist

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Scoop 
by Evelyn Waugh 

 

Barchester Towers 
by Anthony Trollope 

Vincent Gardenia
Actor

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The Prophet 
by Kahlil Gibran 
"A masterpiece." 
Art Garfunkel
Musician

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The Confessions of Nat Turner 
by William Styron 
"This book helps the white race in America understand the black man's rage of injustice that goes with the institution of slavery." 
Joel Grey
Actor

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The Music Room 
by Dennis McFarland 
Paul Harvey
Radio broadcaster

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Head First -- Biology of Hope 
by Norman Cousins 
Tippi Hedren
Actor

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The Annotated Shakespeare 
by A.L. Rowse 

 

Gift From the Sea 
by Anne Morrow Lindberg

"Every personality and character you will ever have to deal with in your lifetime plus almost every relationship in your wildest imagination will be understood. Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindberg--as interesting to the woman of the 90's as it was to the woman of the 50's. For all sensitive women of all ages." 
Glenda Jackson
British Labour Party politician

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Persuasion 
by Jane Austen 
Dear Ms. Nowell: 

Thank you for your letter. Congratulations on such an imaginative scheme which aims to widen interest and participation in the Public Library Service. My choice is Persuasion by Jane Austen. It was the last book she wrote and I think, the best. On its completion there are all her other books to read." 

Best wishes, 

Yours sincerely, 

Glenda Jackson 

Ewing Kauffman
Pharmaceutical magnate

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Magnificent Obsession 
by Lloyd C. Douglas 
Gene Kelly
Dancer, actor

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Crock O' Gold 
by James Stephens 
"...wonderful Irish fantasy!" 
Martin Landau
Actor

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Huckleberry Finn 
by Mark Twain 
"I think this is a great book for a boy growing up--but it's just as good for an adult-- and each time I've read it, over the years --perhaps five or six times by now -- it's as if I'd never read it before, as it's new and fresh each time and so chock full of 'stuff.' That Clemens could sure write! All of his books are wonderful, but this is arguably his best--at least I think so!" 
Janet Leigh
Actor

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Finley Wren 
by Philip Wylie 

 

The Thorne Smith 3 Bagger 
by Thorne Smith 

 

The Thorne Smith Triplets 
by Thorne Smith 

"I always enjoyed the books of Philip Wylie. Finley Wren is one. And Thorne Smith was a favorite author as well. The Thorne Smith 3 Bagger, The Thorne Smith Triplets are examples. Happy reading!" 
Elizabeth Montgomery
Actor

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100 Years of Solitude 
by Gabriel Garcia Marquez 

 

Love in the Time of Cholera 
by Gabriel Garcia Marquez 

 

Bambi 
by Felix Salten,  
translated by Whittaker Chambers 

 

Winnie the Pooh 
by A. Milne 

 

Mary Poppins  
by P. Travers 

"fun books about vampires especially Ann Rice books" 
Roger Mudd
Television journalist

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A Year in Provence 
by Peter Mayle 
Brian Mulroney
Prime Minister of Canada

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A Thousand Days 
by Arthur Schlesinger 
Yoko Ono
Artist

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Beauty Myth 
by Naomi Wolf 
Fess Parker
Actor

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Two Years Before the Mast 
by Richard Henry Dana 

 

Napa 
by James Conaway 

Robert Parker

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The Great Gatsby 
by F. Scott Fitzgerald 
Linus Pauling
Chemist

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The Origin of Species 
by Charles Darwin 
"There is a published document, written by my father, just after my 9th birthday, in which he said that I had read Darwin's The Origin of Species." 
Paula Prentiss
Actor

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The Sweet Hereafter 
by Russell Banks 
Charles Schulz
Cartoonist

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Hans Brinker or The Silver Skates 
by Mary Mapes Dodge 
Tom Seaver
Major League baseball pitcher

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The Pillars of the Earth 
by Ken Follett 
Gloria Steinem
Feminist

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The Color Purple 
by Alice Walker 
Raquel Welch
Actor

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The Kingdom 
by Robert Lacy 
Dear Ms. Nowell: 

Congratulations on your efforts to keep America reading! There are so many wonderful books I've read, but one of my favorites is The Kingdom by Robert Lacey, which is about the House of Saud, and how one part of the Arab world came to be called Saudi Arabia. In light of the current presence of American troops in the Persian Gulf, it might help Americans to understand the Arab people better. 

Best of luck for a successful National Library Week! 

Sincerely, 

Raquel Welch 

 

 

Ex Libris

 

Since 1988, people have been reading books from our Who Reads What? celebrity list, and the numbers are growing. Last year we heard from people in twenty one-states who appreciated the suggestions, and I expect this year's readers will increase. The list helps librarians succeed at what they like best -- to get people and books together. You can aid us by passing the word that books and libraries are important. Like these altruistic celebrities, you can share you favorite titles with your neighbors and friends.

 

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