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Who is Reading What?
A Celebrity Reading List: 2003

Dear Readers,

This year's "Who Reads What?" list offers a diverse mix of books from the classics, the sure bets and the latest best sellers.  This fifteenth edition reflects the continued emerging technology, as most of the responses were solicited by e-mail.  I hope you enjoy the recommendations.


In this 2003 list, our noted participants enjoy books and reading and are willing to share their choices.  Andy Garcia's favorite book "Three Trapped Tigers" by Cuban writer Guillermo Cabrara Infante, is set in pre-Castro Cuba.  Garcia claims he values reading as "the most fundamental exercise in the acquisition of knowledge." Stacy Keach loves to read "anything from Shakespeare to trashy novels."  His selections reflect a broad-base of excellent books.  Lee Child says he can't get over how much he enjoyed "Derailed" which he calls an edge of the seat thriller that "can't be beat."  Peter Robinson admires Emily Bronte's "Wuthering Heights" as a "beautifully constructed novel."  Charles Schwab says the upgraded classic "Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds" is a must-read, not only for investors, but "for all thinking people."


Please try our selections, suggest them to your friends and help libraries promote reading.

Glenna Nowell, Editor
"Who Reads What?"


Jeffrey Archer Dom DeLuise Stacy Keach Peter Robinson
Lawrence Block Andy Garcia John Kerry Charles Schwab
Jan Burke Senator Dick Gephardt John McCain Ben Stein
Lee Child Steve Hamilton T. Jeff Parker Helen Thomas



Lord Jeffrey Archer

Novelist and British Politician

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A Tale of Two Cities 

by Charles Dickens

A good story, told by a great writer
Lawrence Block
Mystery Author

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by Pete Hamill


The First Law 

by John Lescroart


Fat Ollie's Book 

by Ed McBain


Complete works of John O'Hara

My favorite writer, if I have one, is John O'Hara; I've been rereading his complete works for thirty years or more. Right now, I'm reading three books, and enjoying them enormously: Forever, by Pete Hamill, an extraordinary romance (in the pre-Harlequin sense of the word) of New York City over three centuries; The First Law, John Lescroart's newest and, to my mind, finest novel; and Fat Ollie's Book, fresh proof that Evan Hunter/Ed McBain will never run out of richly entertaining stories of the 87th Precinct.

Jan Burke

Award-Winning Novelist and Short Story Writer

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Brat Farrar

by Josephine Tey


Trouble is My Business 

by Raymond Chandler

I'm so deeply honored to be included!  Here are two favorites: Josephine Tey's Brat Farrar - I can finish reading this book, go back to page one, and never tire of taking it in again. I love all of Tey's books, but especially this one. Brat Farrar is beautifully crafted, with sentences that still make me stop and sigh with pleasure. Characters that one never forgets. A plot that in any other hands would fall to pieces, but in hers is engaging from start to finish. Trouble is My Business by Raymond Chandler. I recently started reading this collection of short stories again. Chandler brought a kind of artistry to this genre that allowed others to see what it could be at its best.

Lee Child
Best-Selling Author of the "Jack Reacher" Novels

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Sophie's Choice 

by William Styron



by James Siegel

Very happy to participate.  Can't pick just one -- got to go with two.  I hope that's OK.  This is what I would say:  For a modern classic, you can't do better than William Styron's Sophie's Choice. It's a great Southern novel, and a great American novel, and a great World War II novel, and a great suspense novel, all rolled into one. And recently, I can't get over how much I enjoyed James Siegel's Derailed - as an edge-of-the-seat thriller, it can't be beat.

Dom DeLuise

Comedic Actor

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Charlie the Caterpillar 

by Dom DeLuise

[Included is] a copy for your library

Andy Garcia


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Three Trapped Tigers 

by Guillermo Cabrera Infante

I value reading as it is the most fundamental exercise in the acquisition of knowledge. My favorite book is Three Trapped Tigers by Cuban writer Guillermo Cabrera Infante.

Teri Garr


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The Grapes of Wrath 

by John Steinbeck

This wonderful story shows the hardships that many people endured to find a place in this country.  It shows the fortitude and perseverance of the human spirit.  It also tells us that finding our own way gives us dignity.  Great book!

Senator Dick Gephardt

U.S. Congressman from Missouri

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by David McCullough
Steve Hamilton
Author of the "Alex McKnight" Series

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Mystic River 

by Dennis Lehane


Hell to Pay 

by George Pelecanos


A Place of Execution 

by Val McDermid  


Garnethill Triolgy 

by Denise Mina



by Don DeLillo Blood



by Cormac McCarthy


Empire Falls 

by Richard Russo

I grew up reading mysteries, and now I'm lucky enough to be writing them. Recent books in the field that I think are as good as anything in ANY category include Mystic River by Dennis Lehane (a gut-wrenching story of three lives intertwined over 25 years), Hell to Pay by George Pelecanos (a brutally realistic portrait of life on the streets of DC), A Place of Execution by Val McDermid (a classic small village police procedural, turned inside out), and the Garnethill Trilogy by Denise Mina (dark, demented, heart-breaking, and wickedly funny, too). I could go on with more modern mysteries, believe me... Beyond mystery, the books I've loved recently include Underworld by Don DeLillo (which pretty much captures the entire second half of the 20th century), Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy (the most relentlessly violent book I've ever read, and not for the faint of heart, but just amazing), and Empire Falls by Richard Russo (always one of my favorites, from an author who truly loves his characters, and now he's got a Pulitzer!).

Stacy Keach


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Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway

Theodore Rex 

by Edmund Morris


Nights in Rodanthe 

by Nicholas Sparks



by Sandor Marai

Thank you so much for including me!  I love to read all kinds of stuff, anything from Shakespeare to trashy novels. I recently had the privilege of recording all of Hemingway's Short Stories, and it was such a satisfying experience to revisit one of the world's great writers. I am also particularly fond of biographies, and am currently enjoying Edmund Moris' Theodore Rex, about Teddy Roosevelt. A couple of wonderful books I am happy to recommend are Nights in Rodanthe by Nicholas Sparks, and Embers, by Sandor Marai.
Senator John Kerry
U.S. Senator from Massachusetts

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Flags of our Fathers 

by James Bradley with Ron Powers


Shackleton (author not provided)


Undaunted Courage 

by Stephen Ambrose


Senator John McCain

U.S. Senator from Arizona

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For Whom the Bell Tolls 

by Ernest Hemingway

T. Jefferson Parker
Best-Selling Author of Thrillers and Mysteries

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Peace Like a River

by Leif Enger


The Cadence of Grass 

by Thomas McGuane


True Confessions 

by John Gregory Dunne


Legends of the Fall 

by Jim Harrison

Leif Enger's Peace Like a River knocked my sock's off. Thomas McGuane's The Cadence of Grass tore my hat off. In that state I went back to two old favorites, John Gregory Dunne's True Confessions and Jim Harrison's Legends of the Fall.  I love good writing.
Peter Robinson
Best-Selling Author of the "Inspector Banks" Series

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Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte One of my all-time favourites is Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. Partly, this is because I know the book's setting--Haworth and the surrounding moors--very well, but also it is because of the book's unusual structure and emotional intensity. Wuthering Heights is a beautifully constructed novel, a story within a story within a story, and the characters have such elemental presence they stay with you long after you've finished reading. Of course, it's also intriguing because of the mystery of its author (on whom British crime writer Robert Barnard has written superbly), whose only novel it is.
Charles R. Schwab
American Business Executive

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Extraordinary Popular Delusions & the Madness of Crowds 

by Charles Mackay

I consider Extraordinary Popular Delusions & the Madness of Crowds a must-read not only for all investors - but for all thinking people. As Charles Mackay's classic so clearly demonstrates, follow the herd and you may just be headed straight for the slaughterhouse. With examples ranging from the Tulip mania that occurred in the 1600's to the over-blown technology sector that we just experienced in the stock market, this recently updated classic is just as relevant today as it was the day it was published in 1841.
Ben Stein
Actor and Television Personality

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John Brown's Body

by Stephen Vincent Benet


Charles Paris mysteries

by Simon Brett


Samuel Johnson 

by Walter Jackson Bate


The Wealth of Nations, abridged 2 vol. set by Adam Smith, with Andrew S. Skinner, editor


What I Think  by Herbert Stein


by Vladimir Nobokov


The Great Gatsby 

by F. Scott Fitzgerald


Lee's Lieutenants

by Douglas Southall Freeman

My favorite books: Benet's John Brown's Body, Any "Charles Paris" mystery from the great English mystery writer, Simon Brett. Bate's biography of Samuel Johnson.  An abridged version of The Wealth of Nations, introduction by Skinner. A book of essays about life by my late brilliant father, Herbert Stein, entitled, What I Think. The best novel ever written, Lolita. By Nabokov, of course. The second best novel ever written, The Great Gatsby, by Fitzgerald. A super long but amazingly interesting book about the Civil War, Lee's Lieutenants by Douglas Southall Freeman
Helen Thomas

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War Torn: Stories of War from the Women Reporters Who Covered Vietnam edited by Ted Bartimas


Books by Charles Dickens and Jane Austen

Right now, I love War Torn  by nine women correspondents who wrote about covering the Vietnam War.  My favorites in the long gone past are Dickens and Jane Austen



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