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Movie Stars Read Too!

Human beings are apparently hardwired to follow the deeds and misdeeds of well-known and famous people. Many follow gossip columns and websites and peruse the trade papers for the latest on the careers of actors, singers, athletes, and the like.  But here we are concerned with what the anointed noteworthy are reading.


Infamous Ponzi scheme mastermind and crook Bernie Madoff likely has a lot of time on his hands to catch up on his reading, and mysteries/thrillers/suspense rank high on his list:

Riding the Rap, Elmore Leonard

Original Sin, P.D. James

Disclosure, Michael Crichton

Self Defense, Jonathan Kellerman

Nest of Vipers, Linda Davies

Without Remorse, Tom Clancy,

Also, Caleb Carr and David Baldacci make the cut.

Perhaps he can get some legal advice from one of these eminent authors, or at least learn how not to get caught if he ever returns to society and his sordid life of crime.


Even so eminent an author as Mark Twain read for pleasure; indeed, one of the requisites for being a successful author in the first place is voracious reading, for how else would you learn how to tell good writing from bad?

The Club of Queer Trades, G.K. Chesterton. A collection of stories first published in 1905 and involving eccentric retired judge Basil Grant. At one point Grant remarks, ‘Facts--how facts obscure the truth!’  Somehow that sounds familiar.


Despite the popular and incorrect image of Marilyn Monroe as a dumb blonde, she was much more intelligent and well-read than she is given credit for. An avid reader and constantly striving to improve her mind:

Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The Complete Poems, Edgar Allan Poe

Y_r friendly blogger would be willing to bet that most folks haven’t even started, much less finished, any Dostoyevsky novels. And Edgar Allan Poe pretty much invented the detective story, so he should certainly be in the bibliophile’s library, as he is in Marilyn’s.

Academy Award winner Reese Witherspoon has recommended Outliers by Kimberley McCreight, a YA novel about a teen’s search for her missing friend.


Another Academy Award winner, Kate Winslet, enjoys Therese Raquin by Emile Zola. A Frenchwoman and her lover conspire to kill her husband, only to be haunted by visions of the dead man which makes it difficult to start a new, sordid life together.


Emma Roberts enjoyed Hilary Mantel’s Bring Up the Bodies, and believes that you will too.. Anne Boleyn had better watch her back, with Jane Seymour waiting in the wings!


The late Jeff Buckley, noted musician, enjoyed  A Feast of Snakes, Harry Crews, a gritty and all too real look at life in the small-town south of rural Georgia, with vivid characters and a very strong sense of place.  Some have called Crews’ writing ‘hillbilly noir.’  The darkest of dark comedy.


The late David Bowie was an avid reader and a list of his top 100 titles is readily available for perusing.  Of particular interest to mystery fans is In Cold Blood, the classic ‘non-fiction novel’ by Truman Capote about a shocking multiple murder in 1959 Kansas. Made into an excellent film.

Mr. Norris Changes Trains by Isherwood. A mild-mannered teacher meets a mysterious stranger on a train, a real oddball to be sure.

Hubert Selby, Last Exit to Brooklyn. Similar to Harry Crews but set in Brooklyn; raw, real and all about the pain.  Some of the worst human behavior in the annals of literature, which, strangely enough, is a selling point!


If you'd care to read some of the tales your favorite actors and musicians have enjoyed, we have or can order most of them; if you'd prefer to create your own mystery reading list, why, simply call 212.587.1011 and we'll be glad to steer you in the right direction for some good reading!


Questions/Comments/the never-ending glare of celebrity?

Written by Ian Kern — June 15, 2017

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