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Nov 1 2007

Read Like the Stars

by Jimmy L

Want a book recommendation from Jimmy Carter?  Wondering what Cher likes to read?  Well wonder no more.  Head on over to the Who Reads What webpage, where celebrities recommend their favorite books. 

The Who Reads What project started in 1988 when librarian Glenna Nowell was looking for a new way to promote the books that were already on the shelves in her library.  Since then, the list has attracted many different celebrities to respond and has enjoyed enormous popularity all over the world.

Here is just a small sampling of the hundreds of recommendations you can find on the Who Reads What page:

The late actor Robert Mitchum recommended Borderliners by Peter Høeg.  (“A search for the structure of time in crippled adolescence”)

Singer Annie Lennox recommends When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chödrön (“I very much recommend this book to anyone who is struggling to come to terms with how to apply philosophical concepts to the ordinary struggles of daily life.”).

Jacques-Yves Cousteau, the late naval explorer, recommended People by Peter Spier (“Beyond its charm, it is a smiling lesson of ecology. I am impatient to share my delight with my grandchildren.”)

Children’s author R.L. Stine recommends Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury (“This book is a wonderful recreation of a time and place – small town life that is all but forgotten”)

Jesse November 2, 2007 at 4:31 PM

Great post! How fun! I wish Johnny Depp was on there though. When he calls me, I’d like to have some literature to discuss with him.

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