Mariah Carey's favorite reads of 2020

Al Woodworth on October 12, 2020
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Celebrity picks: Mariah Carey's favorite reads

Mariah Carey needs no introduction. I mean, she’s topped the charts, she’s won the awards, and in her new memoir she dishes about all of it—and let’s just say, like her performances, her book has rhythm, drama, and sparkle.

As she says, the book “is composed of my memories, my mishaps, my struggles, my survival, and my songs. Unfiltered. I went deep into my childhood and gave the scared little girl inside of me a big voice.” It is with this big voice that the global icon, singer, songwriter, producer, mother, and sister divulges some of her most intimate moments—her relationship with her obsessive and, frankly sometimes scary ex-husband, Tommy Mottola, her clandestine relationship with Derek Jeter, the infamous 2017 New Year's Eve live performance, and so much more.

With the publication of The Meaning of Mariah Carey, we took the opportunity to ask Mariah Carey about the books she’s read and loved recently:


Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson

Recommended and sent to me by Ms. Oprah herself, this masterful book should be required reading for all. I’m currently rereading it. Isabel is such an incredible writer, and I’m actually going to read her first book next!


Becoming by Michelle Obama

I am hardly the first person to recommend this book, but if you have yet to read it, I suggest listening to our amazing former First Lady read her beautiful memoir to you. At a time when it’s so hard to feel joy and hope—learning, remembering, and hearing her story makes me feel so lucky that we have heroes like Mrs. Obama.


Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah

I absolutely love this book. Trevor beautifully articulates not only his challenges of being born into a society where your very existence is literally a crime but also an incredible story about coming of age and stepping into your power and identity.


Bossypants by Tina Fey

Bossypants helped keep me going during my pregnancy! Tina is brilliant and hilarious! I could really relate to her as a woman in an industry dominated by men. She's risen to the top with style and grace. “You let it out, honey. Put it in the book!"


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