Manchester, Connecticut

Who Reads What?


Since 1988, Librarian Glenna Nowell, of Gardiner, Maine, has been soliciting book recommendations from famous citizens. From skate boarders to US Senators, "Who Reads What?" is published yearly. The following is a selection of celebrities and their choices, all of which are available at the Manchester Public Library.

Sutton Foster, actress
A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
 
Jonathan Franzen, author
The Man Who Loved Children by Christina Stead
 
J.A. Jance, author
Letter from Home by Carolyn Hart
 
Laura Lippman, author
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
 
Al Roker, NBC TV personality
Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley
 
R.L. Stine, children’s author
Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury
 
Brian Williams, NBC newscaster
No Ordinary Time (973.917) by Doris Kearns Goodwin
 
Laura Bush, former first lady
Music for Chameleons by Truman Capote
 
Billy Collins, U.S. poet laureate
Train by Pete Dexter
 
James Lee Burke, mystery writer
The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
 
Ann Curry, NBC news anchor
The Once and Future King by T.H. White
 
Chris Madden, designer
Gift from the Sea (818) by Anne Morrow Lindbergh
 
Robert Crais, author
The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
 
Chris Hansen, Dateline correspondent
Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
 
Carolyn Hart, author
Eats, Shoots and Leaves (428.2) by Lynn Truss
 
Lynn Johnston, cartoonist
Walking on the Land (971.9) by Farley Mowat
 
Karen Kwiatkowski, retired USAF lt. colonel
Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson
 
Ursula K. LeGuin, author
Kim by Rudyard Kipling
 
Bob Burnquist, professional skateboarder
Fast Food Nation (394.1) by Eric Schlosser
 
Steve Berry, author
Hawaii by James Michener
 
Mira Sorvino, actress
Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison
 
Sandra Brown, author
MILA 18 by Leon Uris
 
Deborah Norville, journalist
On Writing by Stephen King
 
Tara Lipinski, Olympic figure skater
All Creatures Great and Small (636.089) by James Herriot
 
Lord Jeffrey Archer, British politician
Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
 
Lawrence Block, mystery writer
Forever by Pete Hamill
 
Lee Child, author
Sophie’s Choice by William Styron
 
Teri Garr, actress
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
 
Barbara Delinsky, author
Year of Wonders: a novel of the plague by Geraldine Brooks
 
Newt Gringrich, politician
The Effective Executive (658.4) by Peter Drucker
 
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, supreme court justice
Lazy B: growing up on a cattle ranch in the American southwest (B Day) by Sandra Day O’Connor
 
Sue Grafton, author
Snobs by Julian Fellows
 
Susan Elizabeth Phillips, author
Shadow Divers (940.5451) by Robert Kurson
 
Jodi Picoult, author
The Ice Queen by Alice Hoffman
 
Ray Bradbury, author
The Friendly Persuasion by Jessamyn West
 
Mary Higgins Clark, author
The Kite Runner by Khalid Hosseini
 
Dirk Benedict, actor
West with the Night (916.76) by Beryl Markham
 
Lynn Redgrave, actress
Map of the World by Jane Hamilton
 
John Kerry, senator
Flags of our Fathers (940.5426) by James Bradley
 
T. Jefferson Parker, author
Peace Like a River by Leif Enger
 
Ben Stein, actor
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
 
Reba McEntire, singer
The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans
 
Lainie Kazan, singer
Blonde by Joyce Carol Oates
 
Philip Knight, CEO, Nike
Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
 
Kenneth Branagh, director
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
 
Greg Allman, musician
The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
 
updated 10/2010