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Gwyneth Paltrow Shares Book Recommendations

Gwyneth Paltrow Shares Book Recommendations

Gwyneth Paltrow asked a couple of her best and most literary-minded girlfriends to share their top picks for books.

“I always like knowing the literary preferences of people,” the 36-year-old actress says. “I think it gives a better understanding of their inner life.”

One of her fave books is “Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Brontë. Gwyn shares, “This was the first novel I ever read. Actually, it was read to me by my mother. We started it when I was 10 years old. The novel starts out with a young Jane, about the age I was at the time, so I was drawn in, in such a visceral way. It was the moment I really started to understand, from my little bed in a room with strawberry wallpaper, that there was a scope to the world, a past and future, that would be there for the learning and for the taking. It was a powerful and deep experience, being read those words, that story with all of its heavy imagery and emotion.”

The other two were “Crime and Punishment” by Fyodor Dostoevsky and “The Sheltering Sky” by Paul Bowles.

Madonna’s favorites include “The Bad Girl” by Mario Vargas Llosa, “Shantaram” by Gregory David Roberts and “The Time Traveler’s Wife” by Audrey Niffenegger.

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Gwyn also described the Material Mom in her newsletter, saying, “Madonna Ciccone rules the world, is a loyal friend and a terrific mother.”

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