Nia Vardalos: TOP TEN BOOKS


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Nia Vardalos rose to fame with the release in 2002 of My Big Fat Greek Wedding, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Writing, a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, and a Screen Actors Guild Award. She is also a best-selling author — in 2013 Vardalos wrote “Instant Mom” about her experience adopting her daughter. Of the book and its power, she told the New York Times, “almost every day we will get a letter, a tweet, a Facebook post or meet someone who will say, “I read your book, and we have adopted a child.”” 

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


My Brilliant Friend

Elena Ferrante
This is the first book in a fascinating series of four novels that will make you want to hold on tight to your own brilliant best friend.
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The Kite Runner

Khaled Hosseini
I reread this book every few years to remind myself about the human necessity for family, the searing pain of betrayal and the cleansing power of being good.
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Never Let Me Go

Kazuo Ishiguro
The dystopia proposed in the writings of Mr. Ishiguro is at once achingly bleak and endlessly optimistic. Also, this is the most romantic book I’ve ever read.
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Fun Home

Alison Bechdel
Ms. Bechdel’s autobiography is an unflinching view of the secrets within families that can scorch adolescence and stunt any and all growth.
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Tell Me Again About The Night I was Born

Jamie Lee Curtis
As I watched my daughter’s delighted face as I read her this book, I would send a silent “thank you” to the brain and heart of Jamie Lee Curtis. This is a story that celebrates the excitement an adoption brings to a family, while still normalizing the experience for all children who love to know about the moment they arrived to make a family whole.
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Lady Oracle

Margaret Atwood
At a young age, I fell in love with the "second wave feminism" writings of Ms. Atwood. I learned that female characters could be written as flawed, because we are, dammit.
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White Teeth

Zadie Smith
With her unique combination of detached irony and a clear love of language, Ms. Smith captures the angst of assimilation in this story of immigrant identity in the diaspora.
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John Williams
I usually shy away from books that are so much about the male experience, but I continually marveled at Mr. Williams's ability to rivet the reader, and found myself audibly groaning at the lack of choices made by dear, sweet, myopic Stoner.
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Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar

Cheryl Strayed
Every letter is a balm for the cut from which you didn’t know you still bled.
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A Prayer for Owen Meany

John Irving
This is the best book about God — even if you don’t believe in her.
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