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."


April 19: "What you see first, after the starting gun's crack, is a column of bobbing runners, thousands of them, surging downhill..."

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…

Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
Poems That Make Grown Men Cry

And women too.  Luminaries from Colin Firth to Nick Cave and Jonathan Franzen chose the poems that bring them to tears, and the result is a stunning collection of poignant verse from writers like Auden, Whitman, Bishop, Larkin, Neruda and many others.  Warning: choking-up hazard.

The King of Pain

Trapped beneath his entertainment system, reality TV mastermind Rick Salter reflects on his life and tries to piece together the events of the previous evening. Seth Kaufman’s romp is an outrageous meditation on pain and entertainment in a deranged world in which the two are often interchangeable.

The Good Inn

Frank Black, frontman for the Pixies, has written a transgressive historical fiction with shades of Thomas Pynchon (focused as it is on the history of explosives and cinematic pornography), all set in a hallucinatory Edwardian Europe.