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The Favorite Books of 32 Famous People

Neatorama presents a guest post from actor, comedian, and voiceover artist Eddie Deezen. Visit Eddie at his website.

"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?"


"Terrible Swift Sword" by David Pascal
This is actually a fanfiction based on the anime series "Saber Marionette J," but is really well written. Another fanfic, based on the Ranma 1/2 anime and the Battletech universe is "The Saotome Gambit." The original website host is no longer online, but it can be found at the Vanished Fanfic Archive (scroll down to the story link on this page).
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I'm a huge reader. I've read thousands of books. But the only four books I've read more than once are WUTHERING HEIGHTS, LORD OF THE RINGS, GATEWAY by Pohl and THREE HEARTS & THREE DRAGONS by Poul Anderson.
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