What Best-Selling Authors are Reading At Home

Hey, I'm John Grisham, novelist, author.

Hi, everybody.

I'm Elizabeth Gilbert.

– Melinda Gates here.

– I'm Elaine Welteroth.

– Kimberly Williams-Paisley.

Hi, I'm Stephen King.

No, I'm James Patterson.

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( theme music playing ) ( music playing ) Jay Shetty:One of my favorite booksis called “Thinking, Fast and Slow”by Daniel Kahneman.

It's incrediblethat we're born with a mind but we never go to schoolfor the mind or we never get a manualfor the mind.

And I really feel that this book”Thinking, Fast and Slow” has given mea deeper appreciation of how the mind worksand how we can use it to develop powerful habitsthat will actually serve us during tough times like this.

Jay Manuel:I'm currently reading “A New Earth”by Eckhart Tolle.

Eckhart has a way of helping one understand that gratitude and presence is what brings us joy.

And I think, right now, finding the joy is what we need.

Melinda Gates:The book that I have beengoing back to so much is “Awakening Joy.

” The lessons in this bookthat I read so many years ago and that I keep turning to nowduring this time are how to find joyin the everyday moments.

When I was a naive teenager, I tried to read Toni Morrisonand couldn't get into it.

But several years have passed and now I havea 16-year-old daughter who demanded that I read”Song Of Solomon, ” and I loved every word of it.

Danielle Bainbridge:I am currently reading “The Source Of Self-Regard”by Toni Morrison.

And I think in a timewhen we are facing ever-increaseduncertainty every day, words like Morrison's, which inspire us to continue writing, to continue defying, and to continue standing up I think could beeven more valuable now.

Rossana Burgos:I am reading “The Alchemist”by Paulo Coelho.

This book makes me feelcalm and reassured that there is a greater powerworking in this world than what I can understandas a human being.

And the last linein this book reads.

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Elaine Weltheroth:The best book that I have readon quarantine, hands down, is this book called “Untamed”by my girl Glennon Doyle.

It is so, so, so, so good.

So good.

Like, the kind of bookyou need to read with a pen in your handso that you can underline, like, every other word.

Shall I read youa little snippet? Ooh.

Got to drop that like a mic.

( music playing ) Chelsea Handler:I'm reading “HiddenValley Road.

” It's about the subjectof schizophrenia and a family that grew upin the 1950s with 11 children– two girls, nine boys– six of whom were diagnosedwith schizophrenia, and many other thingsthey were diagnosed with.

Sometimes wrong, sometimes right, but mostly wrong.

It's a great reminderof why we should be grateful.

John Grisham:I just finished a bookcalled “Race Against Time.

” It's by Jerry Mitchell, a buddy of mine, a reporterin Jackson, Mississippi.

And he's written a terrific bookabout the Civil Rights murders in Mississippisome 50 years ago.

I feel connected becauseI'm from Mississippi, and I remember as a childsome of these murders.

And about 20 years ago, my friend Jerry Mitchell began investigating the crimesand digging and digging.

And the more he dug, the more stuff he found.

And he's responsiblefor sending these guys to prison, finally, for the murders, and most of themdied in prison.

Kimberly Williams-Paisley:I'm reading this reallyspecial book.

It's called “There I Am”by Ruthie Lindsey.

Ruthie got in an accident, a car accident, when she wasin high school.

And then had to overcomethe debilitating pain, the surgeries, and learn how to livewith the pain that she still hasand to find joy in her life.

And if you followRuthie Lindsey online, a lot of the times, she's, like, dancing.

She loves to dance.

She's full ofbright light and energy, and I'm drawn to that.

James Patterson:The book I'm reading right nowis called “The Big Good-bye.

” It's about the makingof the movie “Chinatown.

” Jack Nicholson is the starof the movie, and one of the big starsof the book.

Robert Evans was the producer, and it was just a series of, “Oh, throwthat screenplay out.

” “Oh, the directordoesn't like that.

” “Oh, the actordoesn't like that.

” All these crazy things, which in the caseof “Chinatown, ” resulted in somethingquite wonderful.

Alison Roman:Joan Didion's “The White Album.

” It was given to me bymy best friend in California.

And then aftera few text exchangeswith some other friends, we had kind of all discoveredthat four of us were all re-reading itat the same time.

I just find herno-nonsense approach just, like, extremely refreshing.

Sue Monk Kidd:Rebecca Solnit's “RecollectionsOf My Non-existence.

” Reading this book made mefeel connected to women, to wanting to findmy voice for change, to put on my glovesand come out fighting.

Cindy Pham:”Men We Reaped” by Jesmyn Ward.

The author talks abouther experiences growing up and some of the peoplethat she met and lostthroughout her childhood, and it feels like I amgrowing up alongside with her.

Jesse Bowties:”The Storied Life of A.

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Fikry”by Gabrielle Zevin.

This book is allabout connectivity and love and how to hold ontothe people and the things that mean the most to you.

Emma Straub:”Arbitrary Stupid Goal”by Tamara Shopsin.

It's a memoir aboutgrowing up in her parents'restaurant/grocery store in Greenwich Villagein the '70s and '80s.

It makes me feel connectedto all my fellow New Yorkers, especiallymy native New Yorkers.

( cheering, bells ringing ) Kiley Reid:I am reading “Contested Waters”by Jeff Wiltse.

As a writer, I think it'swonderful to read non-fiction.

I always find little detailsthat I end up puttinginto my fiction later.

Cece Ewing: “Remembrance”by Rita Woods.

This is a book about connectionthrough time and over distance, and I think that's somethingthat in this momentis super powerful.

( music playing ) Elizabeth Gilbert:The novel that I've beenreading lately is called “The Mirror and the Light, ” and it is the third pieceof a trilogy of novels written by the incomparableHilary Mantel.

These are booksabout Henry VIII, but more specifically, they are books abouthis second in charge, his consigliore, the great mastermindof politics Thomas Cromwell, who I think of as beingthe best and mostfascinating character I have ever encounteredin any book.

Stories like thiscan bring us together, for one thing, by reminding us thatthere were other, more difficult momentsin history.

As bad as things are right now, do you really want to be livingin 16th Century England? Nicholas Sparks:I'm reading “The River.

” More than anything, this novel made me feel transportedto a different place, and it allowed meto meet new people and really feelthe various nuancesof the human spirit.

Lisa See:”There Will NeverBe Another You” by my mom, Carolyn See.

And in this book, her last novelbefore she passed away, she wrote about a pandemic.

And the fact that thishad a pandemic and she was able to finda happy ending, I find very inspiringright now.

I'm Charlotte Jones Voiklas, Madeleine L'Engle'sgranddaughter.

If you know anythingabout Madeleine, you probably know heras the author of “A Wrinkle in Time.

” And she wrote that bookhere in this house, and she also wrotemany of the storiesin this new collection, “The Moment of Tenderness, “here in this house.

I love this collection so muchbecause it makes me feel, in this particular moment, that there is a chance, a hope, at renewal and connection.

And it's findingthose small moments that make life worthwhile, even if the midstof chaos and crisis.

Tomi Adeyemi:The book I'm reading right now is called “Dactyl Hill Squad”by Daniel José Older.

It's the Civil Warplus dinosaurs plus a bunch of reallyspunky orphans.

It's as wonderfulas it sounds.

I am clinging to anything that makes mefeel happy right now.

This bookmakes me feel happy.

Ariel Bissett:I am currently re-reading”Catching Fire” after having just finishedre-reading “The Hunger Games.

” I think readersare falling in two camps on the dystopian frontright now.

Either you're avoiding itbecause we're living in a dystopia, or you're turning to it.

I'm really enjoyingdystopian fiction right now, thinking about how, okay, if these people can be brave, I can be brave, too.

Francina Simone:The book I am currentlyreading right now is “Spinning Silver”by Naomi Novik.

The setting is, like, Siberian Russia.

I feel like this is totally, like, a contemporary, old world, back when the tsarswere doing they thing, but then fantasy stuffbe hittin' and I'm like, “Mm! Mm!” Naia Perkins:I am currently reading “Crescent City”by Sarah J.

Maas.

This is Sarah J.

Mass'snewest book and it's an urban fantasy book, so you get cell phones but you also get fairies, you know what I mean? I tend to gravitate towardshigh fantasy books, especially nowduring the times that we're in because they quite literallypull you out of this world and put you in a world where there are vampiresand werewolves just roamin' around.

Scott Turow:The book I'm reading this week is called”The Heart's Invisible Furies.

” It, frankly, has transported meto a very different place, which is to saythe Republic of Ireland in 1945.

It's a very funny book, and a good laugh is a good thingto have right about now.

( music playing ) David Lebovitz:The book I'm reading right nowis “Alpine Cooking, ” which is an overview ofthe cooking of the French Alps, the Swiss Alps, the Austrian Alps.

It's making me feel a littlenostalgic for them right now.

Cameron Esposito:I am currently reading “The First Bad Man:A Novel by Miranda July.

It's beautifully written, it's true art, and, uh, it's messed up.

Tituss Burgess:I am reading “The Wig, the Bitch, and the Meltdown.

” I guess, think like, uh, “Crazy Rich Asians” meets “Ladies Who Punch.

” And it's a perfect easy read, especially whilewe're all going through what we're going throughin the world.

( music playing ) I hope you are gettingthrough your versionof quarantine in whatever way thatmakes you feel uplifted during these very dark, unsettling times.

I think there are timesin life where you haveto face reality and there are times in lifewhere it's kind of a good idea for your mental healthto escape.

This is the most importantthing right now.

Our problems are alwaysgrowing and increasing, but if we feel likewe're growing and we're learningand we're progressing, we feel like we canovercome our problems.

You know, we're in thisbig global crisis right now.

It feels like it's timefor some reflection.

( music playing ) First of all, I don't like to read.

It takes a lotto get me to read.

We'll make thisa dramatic reading.

There's construction outside.

That– I can't– there's nothingI can do about that.

I want to write a book.

I'll never write a book.

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