Lauren Hutton: TOP TEN BOOKS

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Lauren Hutton photographed by Guy Webster

With more Vogue covers than any other model (at a whopping 26), model and actress Lauren Hutton, with her signature gap-toothed smile, has firmly established herself in the industries of fashion and beauty, but her first record came in 1973 when Revlon signed Hutton to a $250,000 per year contract — at the time, the highest contract in modeling history. In October 2017 at 74 she became the oldest model to appear on a Vogue cover, with Vogue Italia’s Timeless issue. Says Hutton of her One Grand List, “I would trade four books for seven real New Yorkers — we survive. Or for two !Kung Bushmen or two Babenzélé  Pygmies (if the island were forested), or one East Tennessee backwoods hunter, preferably surnamed Scaggs.”

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


Whole Earth Catalog

R. Buckminster Fuller and Stewart Brand
Alt-youth ‘60s bible. Still the best survival skills I’ve ever collected.
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The Complete I Ching

Three or four thousand years of collected information on how to live a life with reason, and eventually, wisdom. You ask it real questions, you get real answers — and they’ll smack you in the mouth.
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I Can't Go On, I'll Go On

Samuel Beckett
“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” Mantra for the self and a desert island. Plus, there’s a picture of him on the cover.
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The Complete Novels of Jane Austen

Jane Austen
Dirty books for ladies. Especially “Mansfield Park.” Not joking – it’s a sizzler. There might not be a good man around.
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Annals of the Former World

John McPhee
Three and a half inches thick. Big, but don’t be scared; McPhee’s a star’s star. This geologist-poet shows you how our earth was made and continues to change. Sounds boring, but IS sexy. All four men I gave it to think I’m a genius for having found it.
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Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight

Alexandra Fuller
Fast, fun, and horrific true tale of growing up on her family's farms in Africa during the Rhodesian civil war. You'll live through the joy and adrenaline of my favorite continent. And read it over and over.
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Michael Herr
Just read this again for the fifth time in forty years. Best book about war ever written. You see exactly why men love war.  I needed to know why, and I think most women do too.
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Will in the World

Stephen Greenblatt
Once I learned how to read Shakespeare (not till my mid-40s; I was a model), I realized maybe there are aliens out there who have two ideas per sentence. We’re lucky to get one per book. Greenblatt is a star-crossed scholar, who’s bestie at Cambridge, Eric Idle, became a member of Monty Python. So how much more fun can you get? I’m already wheezing to blow this island to get Stephen’s latest, “The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve,” and will need all of Will’s sonnets and plays, too, for reference.
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The Cantos of Ezra Pound

Ezra Pound
You learn, cry and laugh, and have to understand history — and have to read 26 languages. If only he hadn't gone crazy. He was a wizard.
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They Call Her Styrene

Ed Ruscha
Because I'll be needing laughs.
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