Belinda Carlisle



Three works of escape, inspiration, and forgotten genius.



Out of the eclectic musical moment that was the early 80's post-punk scene, the heavenly harmonies and instantly memorable songcraft of the Go-Go's have endured longer than most. Almost overnight a pop icon, L. A. native Belinda Carlisle became perhaps indelibly associated for many with the sense of sunny possibility -- at once retro and innovative -- of songs like "Our Lips are Sealed." But her subsequent career as a globally celebrated singer demonstrated that her artistry and appeal weren't limited to such confections. Her new memoir, Lips Unsealed, unfolds the more shadowy side of her early life and career. To help mark the moment, Belinda Carlisle shared three of her favorite books with us.


Books by Belinda Carlisle




City of Djinns

By William Dalrymple


"I am a big fan of Dalrymple's books -- The Age of Kali, White Mughals -- but this is my absolute favorite. I love books on India, and this one is all about Delhi. It's fascinating, horrifying, and beautiful. The city comes alive through the stories and anecdotes. It's hard to imagine that the people and places in this book really exist, but they do."






The Law of Attraction

By Jerry and Esther Hicks


"This book changed my life. It's one of those books about how we attract everything into our lives and how we can manifest our desires, but it is the BEST of the bunch. Don't let the messenger put you off -- Esther is a woman who channels an entity called Abraham -- it's the message which is important, and whoever I have recommended this book to has been profoundly affected. It's a must-read."





Beware of Pity

By Stefan Zweig


"Hands down the best book I have ever read, by one of the forgotten literary stars of the 1930s. This disturbing novel is about a soldier who becomes romantically involved with a severely handicapped girl, out of pity. It delves deep psychologically, straight into the heart of their emotions, and it's one of the most uncomfortable reads ever. I have since become a big Zweig fan and have ordered most of his books, which are so brilliant and unfortunately completely overlooked. Will someone out there please resurrect this forgotten genius?"


April 24: "[The HST] lifted a curtain from our view of the universe, changing it so profoundly that no human can look at the stars in the same way..."

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysley Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.

Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
In the Light of What We Know

Zia Haider Rahman's mystery of a brilliant Bangladeshi mathematician's past barrels through the Ivy League, London high finance, and spy-haunted Afghanistan in a page-turning tale of exile, intrigue and the price of friendship. A Discover Great New Writers selection.

The People's Platform

Once touted as the foundation for tomorrow's digital democracy, the Internet is increasingly ruled by a few corporate giants, while millions of contributors till its fields for free. Astra Taylor looks at why the web has failed to deliver a communitarian cyberscape, and offers a compelling case for restoring its original vision.

A Private Venus

Dubbed "the Italian Simenon," Giorgio Scerbanenco (1911-1969) began his crime-writing career with books set in the USA, but quickly shifted scene closer to home, the city of Milan.  In this adventure, appearing in English for the first time, his underdog hero Dr. Duca Lamberti finds himself in the middle of a seedy, scantily clad criminal racket, where the presence of an outsider could result in death.