Celebrity Picks: Tina Brown's Favorite Reads of 2017

Adrian Liang on January 31, 2017

Tina Brown by Brigitte Lancombe_225Tina Brown is an unstoppable force of nature in journalismand simply unstoppable in general. Since moving to the U.S. to run Vanity Fair in the 1980s, Brown has headed The New Yorker and the Daily Beast, and she was appointed Commander of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II for her contributions to overseas journalism. (Overseas if you live in the UK, that is.) Brown also wrote the biography The Diana Chronicles, about the Princess of Wales.

This year Brown tackles her own life with her book The Vanity Fair Diaries, focusing on her time at the magazine's helm from 1983-1992. Never one to shy away from a good story, Brown recounts how she tore through the staid publishing dynasties of New York as she reinvented herself and the magazine.

Below, Brown talks about three books that grabbed her attention in 2017. Look here for more authors' favorites of 2017.

Tina Brown’s favorite reads of 2017

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Finding Magic: A Spiritual Memoir by Sally Quinn - Rich, textured memoir by The Washington Post firecracker journalist Quinn on the search for meaning. She vividly tells of how nurturing her special needs son, Quinn, and husband, Ben Bradlee (the Post's legendary editor), in his declining years changed her profoundly.

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Hit Refresh: The Quest to Rediscover Microsoft's Soul and Imagine a Better Future for Everyone by Satya Nadella - Never expected to enjoy so much this personal voyage by the brilliant Nadella from the cricket-loving kid in Hyderabad to Silicon Valley, where a combination of tech gifts, vision and empathy landed him the task of reinventing a lagging Microsoft.

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Changing My Mind by Margaret Trudeau - Found this 2010 memoir by the former wild child and mother of Canada's PM, Justin Trudeau, when I was in Toronto. I was gripped by her story of battling bipolar mental challenges as the young wife of Pierre Trudeau, the legendary political leader, at a time when no one understood the illness. Similarities with Princess Di's story are striking.

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