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Celebrities and the Books They Are (or Aren’t) Reading


With the recent NYT article about clothing stores being the newest places to purchase books highlighting what fashionable items books can be, I thought I’d take a look at some of the books that celebrities have been seen reading. I’ll let you decide if they are actual reads, solely being used as fashion accessories or merely shielding one’s eyes from the sun at some tropical retreat.

Naomi Campbell reading the Zohar (upside down!)

Madonna’s favorite books: I recall that she read Louis de Bernieres's Corelli’s Mandolin and Mario Vargas Llosa's Bad Girl. Perhaps these were film projects that never materialized (pun intended)?

Angelina Jolie swears by Churchill biographies, adding key quotes from him to the many fake tattoos for her role in Wanted. She also penned Notes From My Travels about her peacekeeping work with the United Nations.

Photos of stars and what they're reading
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There are also some great photos of old Hollywood celebrities reading:

Marilyn Monroe reading Ulysses

Jean Harlow., Digital ID 1569427, New York Public LibraryJean Harlow reading Greta Garbo., Digital ID 1569441, New York Public LibraryGreta Garbo reading Joan Crawford., Digital ID 1569429, New York Public LibraryJoan Crawford reading


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Great post!

I have a display at Jefferson Market of famous people reading for the Young Adult area. Also-- I'm reading Ulysses right now!

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