Celebrity Picks: Dessa's Favorite Reads of 2018

Jon Foro on December 31, 2018
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225Dessa.jpgDessa defies category: She is an intellectual with an international rap career and an inhaler in her backpack; a creative writer fascinated by philosophy and behavioral science; and a funny, charismatic performer dogged by blue moods and heartache. She's ferocious on stage and endearingly neurotic in the tour van. Her memoir, My Own Devices: True Stories from the Road on Music, Science, and Senseless Love, stitches together poignant insights on love, science, and language—a demonstration of just how far the mind can travel while the body is on a six-hour ride to the next gig. 

So what does Dessa read on the road? See her picks and why she chose them below, and look here for the latest celebrity favorites. For even more recommendations, learn more about the Amazon Books Editors' picks for the Best Books of the Year.

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Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach

Fascinating revelations about the machinations of our own bodies, in Mary Roach's signature style: clever, curious, easy to read, hard to forget.

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Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain

I'd braced for the charm, the wit, and the candor, but I hadn't known Bourdain to be so writerly a talent. He's got an unusual ability to convey ambivalence and ambiguity--doesn't cave to the temptation to clean up a bit before company comes. A mind that will be missed.

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The O. Henry Prize Stories 2018, edited by Laura Furman

This collection is worth recommending if only for the first story, "The Tomb of Wrestling" by Jo Ann Beard. I read her piece on a plane, middle seat, and more than once considered apologizing to my seat mates for all my open-mouthed squirming—a feat of both suspense and style.


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Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant
Gisele Bündchen
Gisele Bündchen
Eva Chen
Eva Chen
Lee Child
Lee Child
Cassandra Clare
Cassandra Clare
Michael Connelly
Michael Connelly
Curious George
Curious George
Dessa
Dessa
Andre Dubus III
Andre Dubus III
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Janet Evanovich
Janet Evanovich
Sally Field
Sally Field
Tana French
Tana French
Kathie Lee Gifford
Kathie Lee Gifford
Dorie Greenspan
Dorie Greenspan
The Grinch
The Grinch
Yuval Noah Harari
Yuval Noah Harari
Neil Patrick Harris
Neil Patrick Harris
Sean Hayes & Scott Icenogle
Sean Hayes & Scott Icenogle
Gina Homolka
Gina Homolka
Marlon James
Marlon James
John Kerry
John Kerry
Christopher Kimball
Christopher Kimball
Stephen King
Stephen King
Anne Lamott
Anne Lamott
Michael Lewis
Michael Lewis
Debbie Macomber
Debbie Macomber
DeRay Mckesson
DeRay Mckesson
Megan Mullally
Megan Mullally
Susan Orlean
Susan Orlean
Michael Ovitz
Michael Ovitz
Gwyneth Paltrow
Gwyneth Paltrow
James Patterson
James Patterson
Louise Penny
Louise Penny
Jodi Picoult
Jodi Picoult
Melissa Radke
Melissa Radke
Rachel Renée Russell
Rachel Renée Russell
Simon Sinek
Simon Sinek
Nicholas Sparks
Nicholas Sparks
Chrissy Teigen
Chrissy Teigen
Tiffani Thiessen
Tiffani Thiessen
Christina Tosi
Christina Tosi
Jeff Tweedy
Jeff Tweedy
Quad Webb
Quad Webb
Jacqueline Woodson
Jacqueline Woodson
Markus Zusak
Markus Zusak


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