Hilary Winston

Three surprisingly earnest picks from the comedienne and author.



A writer and producer for NBC's Community, Hilary Winston was walking through a bookstore not too long ago when she found a novel written by her ex-boyfriend, containing a suspiciously familiar--and none-too-flattering--portrait of the protagonist's ex-girlfriend. She struck back with the uproarious (and only slightly vindictive) My Boyfriend Wrote a Book about Me. Here she lets her guard down and recommends three favorites while cautioning, "I think it's impossible to name your top books of all time; these are the top three books that have come at the exact right time in my life."


Books by Hilary Winston




She's Come Undone

By Wally Lamb


"I read this when I didn’t know who I was, and I was hoping the world would tell me. I was at college in Washington, DC, and even though the only thing I really loved was my comedy group, I thought I might become a serious professional who read The Economist by osmosis. I didn’t, and this book taught me no good comes from waiting for the world to tell you who you are."



The Missing Piece

By Shel Silverstein


"I'd forgotten about this story when I found it on my childhood bedroom bookshelf. I was home for Christmas right after my boyfriend of five years broke my heart. I read it cover-to-cover and cried. Shel Silverstein tried to teach me the lesson that nobody can complete you, yet I still hadn't learned it. I also hadn't learned the lesson of Sarah Sylvia Cynthia Stout Would Not Take the Garbage Out, which apparently was 'take your garbage out.'"



A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius: A Memoir Based on a True Story

By Dave Eggers


"I didn't know what this book was about when I brought it with me on a ten-hour plane trip to Turkey. I cracked it open and panicked when I started reading about his mother’s cancer because at the time my own mother had cancer. I thought two things: 1) Why couldn't I have just bought The Da Vinci Code? and 2) this is going to be a looooong plane trip. And it was, but it was just what I needed."


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.