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Who is Reading What?
A Celebrity Reading List: 2002

 

 

Oksana Baiul Janet Evanovich Deborah Norville Mira Sorvino
Clive Barker Tara Lipinski Haley Joel Osment Mike Stewart
Governor Gray Davis Randolph Mantooth Anne Perry Charles Todd
Sharon Davis Mathew Modine Heather Pringle Lily Tomlin

 

 

Oksana Baiul 
Olympic figure skater 

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Never Die Easy: the autobiography of Walter Payton by Walter Payton and  Don Yaeger
Clive Barker 
Author 

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Collected works of T.S. Eliot I've been reading these poems and plays for twenty years; they're boundless.
Gray Davis 
Governor of California 

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A Man For All Seasons
by Robert Bolt 


John Adams 
by David McCullough

Governor Davis' favorite book is A Man for All Seasons.  The Governor is currently reading John Adams by David McCullough.
Sharon Davis 
First Lady of California

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Angle of Repose 
by Wallace Earle Stegner


Complete Short Stories of Mark Twain 


Americans and the California Dream Series 
by Dr. Kevin Starr

Angle of Repose - This is a story that will keep you turning pages well after you should have turned out the light. 
Complete Short Stories of Mark Twain -  This inexpensive book of over 600 pages offers an incredible value for anyone who enjoys Mark Twain's quintessential humor.  It is one of those books that you cannot put down once you get started on it.  A great way to whittle away a hot summer afternoon. 
Series on California history by Dr. Kevin Starr including:

Americans and the California Dream, 1850-1915
Material Dreams: Southern California Through the 1920’s 

Endangered Dreams: The Great Depression in California (Americans and the California Dream)

The Dream Endures: California Enters the 1940s (Americans and the California Dream)

This series of books offers a great insight to the history of our Golden State.

Janet Evanovich 
Author

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Comics featuring Donald Duck, Huey, Dewey, and Louie Duck, and Uncle Scrooge  I read comics when I was a kid and my life was shaped by Donald, Huey, Dewey, Louie and Uncle Scrooge.  My favorite stories were by Carl Barks and Don Rosa and they gave me the life-long love of adventure tales that eventually led to the Plum series.
Tara Lipinski 
Olympic figure skater

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All Creatures Great and Small 
by James Herriot
Tara's favorite book is All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot.  
Randolph Mantooth
Actor

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Centennial 
by James Michener
My "favorite all-time" book
Matthew Modine 
Actor

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The Man Who Planted Trees 
by Jean Giono
A book that reminds us that each of us can make a difference.  That we can leave the world a better place for the future generations of life on this little blue ball!
Deborah Norville 
Journalist and author 

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Villard 
by Alexandra de Borchegrave 


On Writing 
by Stephen King 


For Whom the Bell Tollsand The Sun also Rises 
by Ernest Hemingway

Of course...every night I read "I Can Fly" my new children's book to my kids...it's a pop-up, lift-the-flap book, encouraging children to find their own special gift!
Haley Joel Osment 
Actor

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Sphere 
by Michael Crichton 


The Killer Angels 
by Michael Shaara

Sphere is a suspenseful, exciting adventure and manages to make advanced science very interesting, thought-provoking, and important to the plot!  The Killer Angels brings history to life, and is written like you are inside the minds of the heroes of Gettysbury.  I highly recommend these novels!
Anne Perry 
Author

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Inferno 
by Dante Alighieri translated by Dorothy Sayers 


The Ballad of the White Horse 
by G.K. Chesterton

The ONE book that has influenced my thinking most is Dante's Inferno, translated into English by Dorothey L. Sayers, but you must read all the footnotes to see how brilliant and timeless it is.  It is incidentally a pretty good story, as well as poem, philosophy etc...  Other than that, my favorite of all to read is G. K. Chesterton's poetry, particularly The Ballad of the White Horse, and all his fantasy books - for his love of life and humanity.  For present day mysteries, I like Reginald Hill, -any Dalziel and Pascoe.
Heather Pringle 
Author

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Gates of Fire 
by Steven Pressfield 


Cold Mountain 
by Charles Frazier 


All the Pretty Horses
by Cormac McCarthy

Thanks very much for your notes and your kind words about [my book] The Mummy Congress. It really is a lovely mystery, isn’t it? Those European nomads in China…[a]nd I do so love mysteries. 

I'm honoured that you asked me to recommend my favourite book, but also a bit stumped by your request.  I have three recent favourites, and I can't for the life of me pick out one.  I think it would take the Wisdom of Solomon to select one, and I'm far from possessing that kind of judgment.  

All of these novels are set in the past and all explore truly epic person journeys, intimate explorations of self, society and the meaning of honour.  And all are miracles of writing. 
I love these three books: They sent shivers down my spine. (And each made me cry.)  I do hope people that read your website will give them a try.

Mira Sorvino 
Actor

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A Brief History of Time 
by Stephen J. Hawking 


Bastard Out of Carolina 
by Dorothy Allison

I found this [A Brief History of Time] to be utterly fascinating, if extremely challenging reading.  It expands one's vision of the universe we live in and our place in it.  I believe it has had a lasting influence on the way I think. 
One of my favorite books is Dorothy Allison's Bastard Out of Carolina - a brilliant American coming of age novel about a young girl.
Mike Stewart 
Author

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Huckleberry Finn 
by Mark Twain 


The Catcher in the Rye 
by J.D.  Salinger 


The Old Man and the Sea
by Ernest Hemingway 


Powerhouse
by Eudora Welty

Thank you for the kind invitation to list some of my favorite books.  I am pleased to know that readers in Maine liked Sins of the Brother. I hitchhiked all over your state when I was fourteen years old.  It's a beautiful place. 
In interviews, I have always dodged the what's-your-favorite-book question.  I do this for the simple reason that I don't have an answer.  It's a little like being asked to choose a favorite dog.  I've come across a lot of mean, ugly dogs in my life, but the best dogs (almost always labs) seem to touch you in their own unique ways.  Anyway, while I have no idea what my favorite book is, I can list three books that changed my life. (This is not an exaggeration.) 
I read Huckleberry Finn when I was twelve and found not only adventure, but also social commentary and an indefinable depth that I loved without fully appreciating.  Two years later, Catcher in the Rye seized my thoughts like nothing else I'd ever read.  It was Salinger's writing that made me first start dreaming of writing fiction myself.  At eighteen, I first read The Old man and the Sea.  That's when I knew I'd become a writer.  Finally, as an adult, I have come to value Eudora Welty over most any other writer of the century.  I would particularly recommend "Powerhouse".  It is the most perfectly crafted short story that I know of.
Charles Todd 
Author 

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Rogue Male 
by Geoffrey Household 


Death in Holy Orders

by P.D. James 


Tony Hillerman's early mysteries

I think my success as a writer stems from parents who read to me and a librarian in my home town who had what I thought at the time was an amazing gift for reading my mind.  She knew a budding reader when she saw one, and took the time to steer me to some very good books.  Between the two, my tastes were shaped early, and it has been one of the rich resources of my life, not just my writing career. 
You asked Who Reads What.  Well at the moment, I'm reading P.D. James's latest, Death in Holy Orders.  As for favorite books, that's a harder choice to make.  I enjoy mysteries, and certainly Tony Hillerman's early books have always been favorites.  I like suspense, and Rogue Male, by Geoffrey Household,  probably tops that list, because of the beautifully drawn duel between two clever men.  I also read fiction and nonfiction, with tastes ranging from books on the Civil War and 19th century India to A Beautiful Mind.  If I had to categorize my interests, I'd say omnivorous, because I'm always trying new authors, in the mystery field and elsewhere.  These will be--some of them--tomorrow's great names in literature, and I enjoy seeing how they develop.  
I think if I had to offer one piece of advice to readers, it would be this: Never get in a rut.  Walter Cronkite said once that he never read fiction - this was on a TV program about his river barge cruise in France.  I've always thought he missed half of the wonder of reading.  Fiction offers the best that creative minds can devise, and truth should always be savored with the piquant sauce of imagination.
Lily Tomlin 
Actor

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Shipping News 
by Annie Proulx
Amazing!  And, ultimately affirming.

 

 

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