Bette Midler reveals her favorite books
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Monday, March 31, 2014, 6:30 AM
You can add â€œvoracious bookwormâ€ to Bette Midlerâ€™s storied resume.
â€œI will not buy a book online I can get in a bookstore,â€ Midler said. â€œYou can talk about Amazon all you want, it is not the same. People should not take it for granted.â€
â€œI am a reader, and I have been my whole life. I love books and I love all the romance associated with them,â€ Midler writes. â€œI even adore editors: How marvelous to be squirrelled away in some dank corner spinning literary dross into gold.â€
So what volumes in particular grace the 68-year-old musical legendâ€™s shelves?
â€œI read P.G. Wodehouse, E.S. Benson, Nancy Mitford,â€ Midler told the News. â€œI read Mark Twain with all my heart. I love Melville. This year I read â€˜White Fangâ€™ and â€˜The Call of the Wild,â€™ and I have to tell you that I cried. I hadnâ€™t cried over a book in 40 years.â€
â€œI have a real weakness for books about Hollywood girls from the South who married well,â€ Midler added. â€œIâ€™ll read any noir set in the far East. Any mystery book with the word â€˜Shanghaiâ€™ in the title, I buy it.â€
â€œI have like seven or eight books going at any one time,â€ Midler added. â€œIf weâ€™re driving in a car and my husband sees a bookstore, he knows Iâ€™m going to want to go.â€
Midlerâ€™s reissued memoir hits shelves on April 1, when sheâ€™ll also be signing copies at the Barnes & Noble in Union Square.