Celebrity Picks: Russell Brand's Favorite Reads of 2017

Adrian Liang on November 27, 2017
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RussellBrand.jpgStand-up comedian and wild child Russell Brand has his sober side, too—and here we use "sober" to take advantage of both meanings of the word. His latest book, Recovery, explores his own struggle with addictions and the various paths he's trod toward recovery, with advice on what might work for those also seeking to get clean.

Below are Brand's favorite books from 2017, in his own words. Look here for more authors' favorites.


Russell Brand’s favorite reads of 2017

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Moby-Dick by Herman Melville - He's writing about consciousness in archetypal language before the Rosetta Stone of myth was unearthed. Plus Queequeg is funny. The only thing I don't like is the whaling. Great book, shame about the whaling.

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Disposable Futures by Brad Evans and Henry A. Giroux - Brad Evans helps us to understand that violence exists in hues that we have forgotten to discern because it has long been sanctioned. Read this and radicalize yourself.

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Help by Simon Amstell - An Essex-born comic talking about sexual identity, neurosis and freedom through a connection to the mystery. What's not to like? Other than Simon himself, the twerp.

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