Val Kilmer's 2020 summer reads

Seira Wilson on June 29, 2020
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Val Kilmer's 2020 summer reads

Val Kilmer is known for iconic roles in blockbuster movies like Top Gun, Tombstone, and Batman. In his candid memoir, I'm Your Huckleberry, Kilmer gives readers the inside scoop on the making of these films and others, including his memorable portrayal of Jim Morrison in Oliver Stone's The Doors. Kilmer also opens up about his love life and surviving throat cancer, a topic he has discussed very little in the media.

What does this famous actor read in the summer?  Below are four of his favorites and what he loves about them.

There's something special about a "summer read." If you are like me, you have designed the perfect setting to enjoy the book, be it near the ocean or backyard. Whatever the setting, lounging comfortably while reading words that flow as briskly and comforting as the breeze that passes through your toes. Not to say I don't want to be moved, because I do. The moments should feel real and when I'm done, I want to share the journey with everyone I can. —Val Kilmer


The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

This is simply one of the best, if not the best, American novels. The storytelling and life lessons make it no wonder that it's part of the literary scholastic foundation.


Becoming by Michelle Obama

This book succeeds on so many levels, though the brightest, most resounding message is encouraging people to find their voice, speak up and believe in themselves. It's also about overcoming extreme obstacles and rising above negative energy with poise and grace.


Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

This book had such an impact on me and my brothers growing up. Stevenson's adventuresome storytelling crafts scenes that are entirely filmic and he weaves captivating tales that depict action so directly.


The Collected Poems of Wallace Stevens by Wallace Stevens

I love poetry. Reading it. Writing it. And everything about Stevens's work comes through so personally. When you're reading it, it feels so natural.  I'm not sure there is anything I can write here to either enhance or detract from the status of Wallace Stevens.

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