Brandi Carlile



The singer and songwriter on three books with unmistakable voices.



Brandi Carlile got her musical start listening to Patsy Cline and Elton John, and playing on the Seattle music scene. When the title song from her second album The Story was featured on the TV drama "Grey's Anatomy," listeners everywhere responded to what the New York Times called her "roomy, dark-hued and bittersweet" voice. Her latest recording, Give Up the Ghost, shows off a range of compositions and moods, from haunting to rollicking. She shared with us three of her favorite books.


Music by Brandi Carlile






Forever Young

By Bob Dylan


"I love reading this one to my niece Caroline. Even though she's only two years old she knows it's somehow musical and it resonates with her in a really cool way. How can Bob Dylan be so relevant through the decades? Have you read the lyrics to 'The Times They Are A-Changin' ' lately?"







Animal Farm

By George Orwell


"I know I'm late to the party on this one...but what an analogy!"










The Poisonwood Bible

By Barbara Kingsolver


"An amazing look at Africa in all its beauty and its struggle. A profound understanding of both the weight and the compassion of religious imposition."


July 24: On this day in 1725 John Newton, the slave trader-preacher who wrote the hymn "Amazing Grace," was born.

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).