Can books change lives? The wine-sipping friends in the new movie Book Club say “Yes!” Book lovers in real life, Candice Bergen, Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda and Mary Steenburgen shared their favorite books in a Parade exclusive (and not one included 50 Shades of Grey, the movie’s catalyst).
Drawn to Drama: “As a young girl, I was a big Nancy Drew person,” says Candice Bergen, who’ll be filming the reboot of her classic Murphy Brown TV series this summer. “The adult version is Michael Collins [author of the Dan Fortune series].” Most recently, she finished Matthew Weiner’s Heather, the Totality. “I couldn’t sleep afterwards,” she said.
Strong Characters: An early fan of Pippi Longstocking, Steenburgen now shares the classic with her three granddaughters. “Pippi is strong and funny—a great role model for girls.” Steenburgen loves reading to her grandchildren: “I have a rule that I never say no to a book.” Recent adult read: A Gentleman in Moscow. “It’s so good!”
Visual Inspiration: Keaton, who’s also the author of several books, is obsessed with architecture and picture books, she says, like Rocks and Clouds by Mitch Epstein. When she looks at the books, “my mind is always racing with ideas,” she says.
Life-Changing Reads: “Every time I’m in need of something, someone gives me a book that speaks to exactly what I need,” says Fonda, who is a best-selling author herself. “When I was married to Ted Turner but knew the marriage wasn’t going to last, I knew I wanted to write a book. A house guest brought me a gift—my first Anne Lamont book, Bird by Bird, a book about writing. Oh, my God—it meant so much to me.”
Need more beach-reading inspiration? Find out what what’s on the reading list this summer for author Ann Patchett, Emma Watson, Sarah Jessica Parker, Reese Witherspoon, Oprah Winfrey and more!
Go to https://parade.com/668842/parade/ann-patchett-talks-book-clubs-and-whats-shes-reading-this-summer/ or look in Sunday’s Parade to find out.