Best Books of the Year: Alan Cumming Lists His Favorite Reads of 2014

Neal Thompson on November 06, 2014
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We asked some of our favorite authors, chefs, and a few celebrities to recommend two or three books they read and loved this past year.

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 The Trick is to Keep Breathing

The Trick is to Keep Breathing by Janice Galloway


This is like a Scottish 'Catcher in the Rye.' You actually feel you're inside this women's head, it is that visceral. And having experienced a downward spiral myself I so admire her accuracy in every detail.
 The Passion

The Passion by Jeanette Winterson


Again it's all about the visceral! She understands yearning like no one else. And also I love a good historic European romp.
 The Blind Assassin

The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood


Margaret Atwood is so clever and brilliant just reading her book and keeping up with it made me feel like a genius. But to engage a reader emotionally over so many different story lines is awe-inspiring.

 

Read Alan Cumming's new memoir, Not My Father’s Son.

Visit the full 2014 Best Books of the Year page.

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Grace Bonney
Grace Bonney
Tory Burch
Tory Burch
George Clinton
George Clinton
Alan Cumming
Alan Cumming
Christopher Paul Curtis
Christopher Paul Curtis
Kate DiCamillo
Kate DiCamillo
Ree Drummond
Ree Drummond
Lena Dunham
Lena Dunham
Cary Elwes
Cary Elwes
Gayle Forman
Gayle Forman
James Franco
James Franco
Alan Furst
Alan Furst
Diana Gabaldon
Diana Gabaldon
Atul Gawande
Atul Gawande
Dorie Greenspan
Dorie Greenspan
Grumpy Cat
Grumpy Cat
Deborah Harkness
Deborah Harkness
Laura Hillenbrand
Laura Hillenbrand
 Gina Homolka
Gina Homolka
 Jeff Kinney
Jeff Kinney
 Norman Lear
Norman Lear
 Laura Lippman
Laura Lippman
 Jane Lynch
Jane Lynch
 Lianne Moriarty
Lianne Moriarty
 B.J. Novak
B.J. Novak
 James Patterson
James Patterson
 Stephanie Perkins
Stephanie Perkins
 Jodi Picoult
Jodi Picoult
 Anne Rice
Anne Rice
 Sarah Richardson
Sarah Richardson
 Brooke Shields
Brooke Shields
 Martin Short
Martin Short
 Lara Spencer
Lara Spencer
 Brandon Stanton
Brandon Stanton
 Garth Stein
Garth Stein
 Amy Stewart
Amy Stewart
 Brad Thor
Brad Thor
 Scott Westerfield
Scott Westerfield
Meg Wolitzer
Meg Wolitzer
 William Gibson
William Gibson
 Sean Brock
Sean Brock


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