August 19, 2013 12:00 PM

>LAST BOOK I LOVED

Celebrities explain why a Russian classic, a riveting memoir and an award-winning novel moved them

ELLIOTT GOULD

The Idiot

by Fyodor Dostoevsky

It took me a long time—I’m slow—but I got through The Idiot. It was, of course, great. The protagonist, Prince Lev Nikolayevich Myshkin, is such a great character. And it’s so amazing because it’s about someone in this high society who doesn’t necessarily know everything, and who’s innocent. It’s so beautiful.

ROSARIO DAWSON

In the Body of the World

by Eve Ensler

I just finished Eve Ensler’s In the Body of the World, and I think it’s a must for people who want to get in touch with why we’re here. This is her account of surviving cancer and the entire experience of it, and it’s pretty heavy, but it’s really quite beautiful, the revelations that she comes to. I just bought it for my mom today, actually. It’s a very quick read, but it’s powerful.

MIA FARROW

Cloud Atlas

by David Mitchell

I read Cloud Atlas. I kept putting it down and holding on to the top of my head and walking around the room. I was thrilled by it.

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