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In a recent interview celebrating the release of his children's book, Bruce Springsteen shared a list of his favorite books, including what has recently made him laugh, cry, and wonder more than the others. The reading list of a creative icon is a great way to see what shaped them--what ideas, influences and inspirations they took root in. Take a look at Springsteen's list, and see what it can tell you about his life and style. 1. Moby-Dick by Herman Melville 2. How to Live: Or A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer by Sarah Bakewell 3. Lonely Hearts of the Cosmos: The Scientific Quest for the Secret of the Universe by Dennis Overbye 4. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez 5. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy 6. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman 7. The History of Western Philosophy by Bertrand Russell 8. Examined Lives by Jim Miller 9. American Pastoral by Philip Roth 10. I Married a Communist by Philip Roth 11. Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy 12. The Road by Cormac McCarthy (Last book that made him cry!) 13. The Sportswriter by Richard Ford 14. The Lay of the Land by Richard Ford (Last book that made him laugh!) 15. Independence Day by Richard Ford 16. A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories by Flannery O’Connor 17. Mystery Train: Images of America in Rock ‘n’ Roll Music by Greil Marcus 18. Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley by Peter Guralnick 19. Chronicles by Bob Dylan 20. Sonata for Jukebox by Geoffrey O’Brien 21. Soul Mining: A Musical Life by Daniel Lanois 22. Too Big to Fail by Andrew Ross Sorkin 23. Someplace Like America: Tales from the New Great Depression by Dale Maharidge 24. The Big Short by Michael Lewis 25. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky 26. Great Short Works by Leo Tolstoy 27. The Adventures of Augie Marc by Saul Bellow 28. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum (His favorite childhood book!)
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Some of these feel like they're straight off a list of "must read classics" but I think it's pretty interesting that he's got such an expansive reading list! I'll have to look them up and see if any interest me, thanks @amog32