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 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.