Nile Rodgers

Great works of fiction to pass the time between legendary recordings.



First with his influential band Chic and then as a producer of hits by artists including Madonna ("Like a Virgin"), Diana Ross ("I'm Coming Out"), and David Bowie ("Let's Dance") , Nile Rodgers has left an indelible mark on music with a rhythm guitar sound that is often imitated and a groove that defies emulation. His new memoir, Le Freak, traces his life story from a sometimes harrowing childhood in Greenwich Village  to the heights of fame. This week, he chooses three fictions with the power to transport and enthrall.


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The Count of Monte Cristo

By Alexandre Dumas


"This was the first adult book that I ever read. I was seven years old when I immersed myself in Dumas's complex revenge novel set in 19th century France. It vividly deals with cruelty, kindness, slavery, murder, and redemption. It's done so compellingly I'd bet it's even better today. It's literary fine wine."





By Frank Herbert


"Science fiction, fantasy, and magic perfectly fused. Dune even teaches you a new language. It's the story of a jealous emperor's sinister plot to eradicate a popular duke and his clan by secretly supporting a rival baron in a blood feud. The goal is to gain sole control of the most precious resource in the universe, a powerful spice called melange. This book was integral hippie gear in 1969."



Treasure Island

By Robert Louis Stevenson


"The greatest tale of pirates, mutiny, and buried treasure ever. The characters, settings, and cinematic descriptions, make this the granddaddy of all buccaneer adventures. I'm not just being nostalgic because it's the first book I ever owned. This is the one book I'd want if I were stranded on a deserted island."

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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).