Mary-Louise Parker: TOP TEN BOOKS


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With her leading role in the dark and comic Showtime series Weeds, Mary-Louise Parker established herself as one of “the best and brightest on the small screen,” in the words of The New York Times, a position augmented by her Emmy-nominated turn in HBO’s adaptation of Angels in America. And that’s before you turn to her theater resume crowded with head-turning performances, including a Tony-winning role in Proof. Parker also made her debut as an author in November, 2015 with her book, Dear Mr. You.

Below are Mary-Louise Parker’s favorite books, available to purchase as a set or individually.


The Collected Poems of Mark Strand

Mark Strand
If I were allowed two books, I would pair this one with The Collected Poems of Wallace Stevens. I could spend a whole fall and winter just going back and forth between Stevens's "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird," and Strand's "Dark Harbor."
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The Liar's Club

Mary Karr
Karr is a Phoenix. That she arose from any fire to create poetry says as much about poetry as it does about Mary Karr.
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The Collected Short Stories of Deborah Eisenberg

Deborah Eisenberg
Really anything by Deborah Eisenberg, but if I had to choose I'd go for Under the 82nd Airborne (included in this anthology).
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The Shrine at Altamira

John L'Heureux
A most holy meditation on the agony of forgiveness, humbling and devastating.
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The Collected Poems of William Butler Yeats

Or Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass. Maybe I could cut some pages from Yeats and hide them between pages of Leaves of Grass? Will our bags be searched?
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Moving Out: The Photographs of Robert Frank

Robert Frank
Probably the one living artist I would like to meet. "Sick of Goodbyes" continually knocks me out after years of staring at it.
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The Collected Poems of Stanley Kunitz

Stanley Kunitz
I stood on a ladder until lightheaded to stencil lines from "The Long Boat," and Philip Levine's "Ask for Nothing," on the walls of my porch and my kitchen.
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Midnight's Children

Salman Rushdie
I would want to take a book I keep meaning to read and never seem to get to.
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Tenth of December

George Saunders
When attempting to write anything it's probably best to ask yourself WWGSD.
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Remembrance of Things Past

Marcel Proust
One of the true delights of growing older, is that every five years or so I can scarcely remember the books I've read so I can reread them with genuine surprise. With the ones like this one that are particularly lengthy, I can practically start again as soon as I have finished it and be enthralled all over again.
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