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Celebrities’ Favorite Books

Miley Cyrus Oscar Wao Tweet

Miley Cyrus caused a stir in the literary community last week, and for once it has nothing to do with twerking or her seeming inability to keep her tongue inside her mouth for more than thirty seconds! Instead, she tweeted a picture of Junot Diaz’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Brief Wondrous of Oscar Wao. This coupled with yesterday’s David Bowies’ top 100 books post got me curious about what other titles celebrities are fans of these days, so I revved up the Google machine and got to researching! 

Kate Winslet

  • Thérèse Raquin~Émile Zola

[Source: Barnes and Noble]

Anderson Cooper

  • A Death in the Family~James Agee
  • The Quiet American~Graham Greene
  • Dry~Augusten Burroughs 
  • Families: A Memoir and a Celebration~Wyatt Cooper
  • It Seemed Important at the Time~Gloria Vanderbilt
  • The Journey is the Destination: The Journals of Dan Eldon~ed. Kathy Eldon

[Source: ONTD]

Steven Spielberg 

  • The Last of the Mohicans~James Fenimore Cooper

[Source: Shortlist]

Jim Carrey 

  • Crime and Punishment~Fyodor Dostoevsky 

[Source: Shortlist]

Natalie Portman

  • The Ministry of Special Causes~Nathan Englander
  • Sun Under Wood~Robert Haas
  • Cloud Atlas~David Mitchell
  • What is the What~Dave Eggers
  • A Tale of Love and Darkness~Amos Oz

[Source: ONTD]

Philip Seymour Hoffman 

  • The Sportswriter and Independence Day~Richard Ford
  • Revolutionary Road~Richard Yates
  • Into the Wild~Jon Krakauer
  • A Thousand Acres~Jane Smiley

[Source: ONTD]

Oprah Winfrey

  • To Kill a Mockingbird~Harper Lee

[Source: Barnes and Noble]

Tom Hanks

  • In Cold Blood~Truman Capote 

[Source: Shortlist]

Mark Zuckerberg

  • The Aeneid~Virgil

[Source: Barnes and Noble]

Emma Thompson

  • The Odyssey~Homer

[Source: Shortlist]

Jay-Z

  • The Seat of the Soul~Gary Zukav
  • The Celestine Prophecy~James Redfield
  • The Odyssey~Homer
  • Outliers~Malcolm Gladwell
  • Purple Cow~Seth Godin
  • Nigger~Dick Gregory

[Source: ONTD]

Sir Michael Caine

  • The Fountainhead~Ayn Rand

[Source: Shortlist]

Amy Poehler

  • I Like You~Amy Sedaris
  • Traveling Mercies~Anne Lamott
  • A Tale of Two Cities~Charles Dickens
  • Away~Amy Bloom
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany~John Irving

[Source: ONTD]

Matt Damon

  • A People’s History of the United States~Howard Zinn 

[Source: Barnes and Noble]

Barack Obama


  • Moby Dick~Herman Melville 
  • Song of Solomon~Toni Morrison
  • Shakespeare’s tragedies
  • Parting the Waters~Taylor Branch
  • Gilead~Marilynne Robinson
  • Self-Reliance~Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln
  • The Bible

[Source: Barnes and Noble]

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