The Favorite Books of 32 Famous People

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"What book did you always love?" What a great question! Let's take a look at 32 well-known people and the books they "always loved."

Charlie Chaplin: Oliver Twist

Mel Brooks: Crime and Punishment

 Barack Obama: Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

Steven Spielberg: Treasure Island and The Last of the Mohicans

Madonna: Gone With The Wind

John F. Kennedy: The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, From Russia with Love, and John Quincy Adams

Dean Martin: Black Beauty (Dean only read one book in his life)

Morgan Freeman: Liza Lou and the Yeller Belly Swamp

Magic Johnson: Jack and the Beanstalk

Gloria Steinem: Little Women

Groucho Marx: Charlotte's Web

General Norman Schwarzkopf: White Fang

Elvis Presley: The Impersonal Life by Joseph Bennen, Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda, The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran, and The Bible

Angelina Jolie: In Search of the Real Dracula

Ted Kennedy: Lad, a Dog

Sammy Davis, Jr.: Wuthering Heights

Supreme Court Justice Joseph Breyer: Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

Willard Scott: The Little Engine That Could

Stephen King: Lord of the Flies

Larry King: Lou Gehrig, a Quiet Hero

Ronald Reagan: The Bible

Jim Carrey: Dr. Seuss books

Bill Clinton: The Dick and Jane readers and The Silver Chalice

Darryl Hannah: Horton Hears a Who

Tom Hanks: Crime and Punishment, all the books of Leon Uris, read The Hobbit in fifth grade (but not the LOTR trilogy)

Tim Allen: Curious George

John Lennon: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Wind in the Willows

Will Smith: The Alchemist

Hilary Clinton: Goodnight Moon

James Earl Jones: The Cat in the Hat

Lily Tomlin: The Shipping News

James Dean: The Little Prince

Okay, now it's your turn. What book have YOU "always loved?"


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PADDLE TO THE SEA by Holling C. Holling. Read over and over as a child, and was delighted when 'Chris in the Morning' read it as a serial on an episode of Northern Exposure.
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