Celebrity picks: Flea's favorite reads of 2019

Erin Kodicek on May 01, 2019
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flea.JPGYou know him best as the buoyant bassist and co-founder of the funk-rock band, Red Hot Chili Peppers. And now, Flea is a book author. In a memoir as uniquely told as the man himself, Acid for the Children traces his fraught formative years in Australia and Los Angeles, experiences that shaped the storied career he would create with a motley crew of mischief-makers and musicians. It's also, unsurprisingly, an ode to the transformative power of music.

So what has Flea been reading lately? Here are some recent favorites.


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Barracoon: The Story of the Last "Black Cargo" by Zora Neale Hurston

In 1927, Mrs. Hurston put together a vital, necessary, and compelling history book about Cudjoe Lewis, the last living freed slave to arrive in Alabama from Africa on a slave ship. That she used interviews with Cudjoe and his broken English for nearly all the text, yet the book still flowed in her unique and mellifluous writing style, is a remarkable feat. Zora Neale Hurston rules and this book broke my heart into bloody little bits.


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News of the World by Paulette Jiles

A stunning story set in 1870 Texas, of the relationship between Captain Kidd, an elderly soldier/intellectual/philosopher and ten year old wild child girl Johanna, who at the age of 6 had all her close family killed by the Kiowa Indians, who in turn raised her and loved her. She is taken back from the Native Americans by government agencies, and entrusted to Captain Kidd, to bring her across Texas back to her surviving relatives. It is the only book to ever cause me to scream loudly with excitement in the solitude of my room, my body vibrated madly and I could not put it down.


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Sula by Toni Morrison

One of the greatest writers in the history of the USA. A many layered and epic tale of family, betrayal, love and racism set in post WW1 Ohio. Mind-blowingly good, and challenging to heart, mind, and soul. Too much.

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Hard-Core: Life of My Own by Harley Flanagan

A wild-ass tale of a wild-ass kid in a wild-ass world. Punk rock mother*******. F***.


Browse more celebrity picks:


Judd Apatow
Judd Apatow
David Baldacci
David Baldacci
Mark Bittman
Mark Bittman
Karamo Brown
Karamo Brown

Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant
Eva Chen
Eva Chen
Ani DiFranco
Ani DiFranco
Ree Drummond
Ree Drummond

Janet Evanovich
Janet Evanovich
Jimmy Fallon
Jimmy Fallon
Flea
Flea
Tan France
Tan France

Elizabeth Gilbert
Elizabeth Gilbert
Chelsea Handler
Chelsea Handler
Rachel Hollis
Rachel Hollis
Bob Iger
Robert Iger

Elton John
Elton John
Stephen King
Stephen King
Jeff Kinney
Jeff Kinney
Hoda Kotb
Hoda Kotb

Debbie Macomber
Debbie Macomber
Admiral McRaven
Admiral McRaven
Erin Morgenstern
Erin Morgenstern
Lupita Nyong'o
Lupita Nyong'o

Delia Owens
Delia Owens
James Patterson
James Patterson
Louise Penny
Louise Penny
Dav Pilkey
Dav Pilkey

Antoni Porowski
Antoni Porowski
Rachel Ray
Rachael Ray
Jason Reynolds
Jason Reynolds
Rick Riordan
Rick Riordan

Adam Rippon
Adam Rippon
Salman Rushdie
Salman Rushdie
Drew Scott
Drew Scott
Jonathan Scott
Jonathan Scott

Ryan Serhant
Ryan Serhant
Carly Simon
Carly Simon
Simon Sinek
Simon Sinek
Gloria Steinem
Gloria Steinem

John Waters
John Waters
Lindy West
Lindy West
Ali Wong
Ali Wong


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