Saturday, January 7, 2017

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8 Celebrities and Their Favorite Books

8 Celebrities and Their Favorite Books

We all love to watch the celebrities and keep up with all the gossip about them. One of my favorite actresses loves a book called “A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again” by David Foster Wallace. Zooey Deschanel loves the book because it talks about a cruise in the Caribbean and the irony of the lack of fun Wallace had on the cruise. So, I wondered what some other celebrities enjoy reading.

Anna Kendrick’s favorite books are “All Quiet on the Western Front” by Erich Maria Remarque, which talk about German soldiers stresses in WW1, and how they felt detached from civilian life upon their return home. Another is “Slaughterhouse Five” by Kurt Vonnegut, a satirical novel about the experiences of WW2. The book describes living through the bombing of Dresden by the Allies during the war and surviving that event as a prisoner of war.

Jamie Chung’s favorite book is “The Orphan Master’s Son” by Adam Johnson. The book was written in 2012 and talks about identity and propaganda in North Korea. It’s written in two parts, The Biography of Jun Do and the Confessions of General Ga.

Jessica Biel loves the book by F. Scott Fitzgerald, “Tender is the Night.” It’s the final book that Fitzgerald would complete. Biel says “It’s tragic, and I think tragedies might be good for you.” The book talks about a glamorous couple and a villa in southern France, and the troubles the couple has, and an affair with a movie star.

James Franco's favorite book

For those that love James Franco, his favorite book is “As I Lay Dying” by William Faulkner. His father gave him the book when he was in High School during a period that Franco was getting into trouble. He says the book is what caused him to love reading. The book describes the death of Addie Bundren and her family’s journey to take the body back to Addie’s hometown.

What does Daniel Radcliffe read?

Daniel Radcliffe was on and saw this book in a recommended section. “The Master and Margarita” by Mikhail Bulgakov tells the story of the Devil visiting the very Atheist Soviet Union. The book is set in 1930’s Moscow, and the Jerusalem of Pontius Pilate. It is widely considered to be one of the best novels of the 20th century!

A 5th-grade teacher and long-time friend of Halle Berry suggested that Berry read “Some Love, Some Pain, Sometime” by J. California Cooper for advice. It became one of her favorite books. The book is a collection of fictions written by one of America’s most respected women writers.

I always wonder what actors and actresses like to read in their spare time when I watch them acting on the big screen. The story Franco tells of a time of trouble in his life, and how a book helped him through it is inspiring to me! I know for sure that I will be reading a few of these in the coming months.

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