Celebrity Picks: Amy Tan's Favorite Reads of 2017

Chris Schluep on February 01, 2017

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We tend to view a wildly successful person as if she has always been that way. You wouldn't be blamed for thinking so of Amy Tan, a wildly successful author. But in Where the Past Begins: A Writer's Memoir, we learn that her life wasn't always as it is today. Supplied with candor and characteristic humor, Where the Past Begins takes readers into the idiosyncratic workings of her writer’s mind. This is a journey that explores memory, imagination, and truth, with fiction serving as both her divining rod and link to meaning. 

What does Amy Tan like to read when she's not writing? See her picks below, and look here for the latest celebrity favorites.

Amy Tan's favorite reads of 2017

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Ordinary Beast by Nicole Sealey
In her poetry, Sealey captures with keen perception the expansive qualities of a life fully felt--morality, anger, betrayal, humility, race, and love--and so powerfully expressed that each poem leaves you astonished over what you've just experienced. These poems are marvels that should be read, re-read, and read aloud to others.

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The Encore by Charity Tilleman-Dick
In these conflicted times, we need stories of miracles. The Encore is a memoir about a young singer who endures near-death numerous times, two double lung transplants, and a verdict that she'll never be able to sing. This is a story about the unfathomable extremes of the human will and the many meanings of victory.

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The River of Consciousness by Oliver Sacks
I love every keen observation Oliver Sacks makes about nature, that of animals and humans, of the body and the mind. His words are like a benediction to life, and all the more palpable as Sacks confronts his own impending death. These are soulful essays that take us into self-reflection about the intricacies of our own consciousness.

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