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    Alan Cumming

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    It's no surprise to find that Alan Cumming has E.M.Forster's famous quote, "Only Connect" tattooed on his arm. As one of our most engaging and versatile actors, he's been connecting with U.S. audiences ever since 1998, when he stepped into the shoes of the emcee in Sam Mendes's award-winning Broadway revival of Cabaret. Since then he has charmed us in movies that run the gamut  from crowd pleasers like Spy Kids to intensely-observed indies such as Any Day Now, and penned a frank and best-selling memoir, Not My Father's Son. But he is perhaps best known as the Machiavellian fixer Eli Gold on the long-running CBS courtroom drama, The Good Wife. His native Scotland is reflected in several of his favorite books, but he also leaves room for Christopher and His Kind, the real-life account of the people and events behind his Berlin novels on which Cabaret is based.

    Below are Alan Cumming’s favorite books, available to purchase as a set or individually.

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    John Berendt


    The Earl of Louisiana

    A.J. Liebling

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    Tim Gunn


    The Magic Mountain

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    James Franco


    Donkey Gospel

    Tony Hoagland

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    Ev Williams


    Mindfulness for Beginners

    Jon Kabat-Zinn

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    Hugh Dancy


    The Tremor of Forgery

    Patricia Highsmith

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    Banana Yoshimoto

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    Gary Shteyngart


    The Interpreter of Maladies

    Jhumpa Lahiri

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    Garth Greenwell


    The Small Backs of Children

    Lidia Yuknavitch

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    Lisa Yuskavage


    Don’t Shoot the Dog

    Karen Pryor

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