>BEST BOOK I READ AS A KID
Betsy-Tacy and Tib by Maud Hart Lovelace
My mom taught me to read when I was, like, 3 or 4. I loved this one, about girls in Minneapolis—the wholesomeness. It gave you a confidence in the world that people don’t have anymore.
CHARACTER I IDENTIFY WITH
Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
I always like the feisty underdog: fish out of water characters who went through fire and lived to tell. I reread this last year and was completely bowled over. It’s so astute and so full of humanity. You think, “My God. How did you pull this off?”
FAVORITE GUILTY PLEASURE
No Applause—Just Throw Money by Trav S.D.
I don’t read trashy novels; my guilty pleasure is showbiz books. This one’s about the people who worked in vaudeville, and it’s the best. I have a huge collection on Hollywood.
BOOK THAT MADE ME CRY
White Fang by Jack London
I have a real weakness for boys’ adventure. I read White Fang like last year—pulled it off the shelf one night when I didn’t have anything to read. It’s not a book you’d think I’d like, but I loved it. In fact I cried my eyes out, and I hadn’t cried over a book in 40 years!