Celebrity Picks: Mara Wilson's Favorite Reads of 2016

Mara Wilson_AuthorPhoto_credit to Ari Scott_AuthorPhotoChild actors have a way of getting stuck in suspended animation in our minds. For Mara Wilson, it's just a matter of whether she's Matilda to us, or the cute little girl in "Mrs. Doubtfire."  In actuality, she's neither. She's a playwright, an NYU grad, and she's living in Queens. She's also a writer.

In Where Am I Now?, Wilson's essays chronicle her journey from child star to relative (though not unwelcome) obscurity. Along the way, she touches on life and loss, and finding your way in the world as a young woman. You can see her favorite reads of 2016 below, and look here for more celebrity favorites. Or you can learn more about the Amazon Books Editors' picks for the Best Books of the Year.


Mara Wilson's Favorite Reads of 2016

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This One Summer by Jillian and Mariko Takami

This beautiful, evocative graphic novel perfectly captures the feeling of summer, as well as that of being a child and stumbling into adult problems you can’t yet understand.

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Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

An eloquent and passionate book about race in America, written with urgency and clarity. A necessary read.

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The White Album by Joan Didion

Joan Didion understands California like nobody else. As a veritable Valley Girl myself (the San Fernando Valley, not Didion’s Central Valley), I haven’t yet found anyone else who can write so clearly and unsentimentally about our odd, mythical home state. She makes the familiar seem ominous, and at the same time, writes plainly about what should be horrifying. It was difficult for me to choose just one of her books, but this one is in a class of its own.

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