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?"


July 25: On this day in 1834 Samuel Taylor Coleridge died of heart disease at the age of sixty-one.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.

Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
Paradise and Elsewhere

Canadian short story marvel Kathy Page emerges as the Alice Munro of the supernatural from these heartfelt tales of shapeshifting swimmers, mild-mannered cannibals, and personality-shifting viruses transmitted through kisses.


When a persuasive pastor arrives in a sleepy farm town, his sage influence has otherworldly results (talking sheep, a mayor who walks on water). But can he pull off the miracle of finding kindly local Liz Denny the love of her life?  Small wonder looms large in this charmer from Andre Alexis.

The Hundred-Year House

When a poetry scholar goes digging through the decrepit estate of his wife's family to uncover a bygone arts colony's strange mysteries, he awakens a tenacious monster: his mother-in-law. A wickedly funny take on aging aristocracies from author Rebecca Makkai (The Borrower).