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The Divine Ms. Bookworm

Bette Midler reveals her favorite books
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Monday, March 31, 2014, 6:30 AM


You can add “voracious bookworm” to Bette Midler’s storied resume.

“I have to live next to a bookstore,” Midler told the News. A longtime New Yorker, Midler is particularly fond of the shops on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.

“I will not buy a book online I can get in a bookstore,” Midler said. “You can talk about Amazon all you want, it is not the same. People should not take it for granted.”

The Divine Miss M is gearing up to release a book of her own, a reissue of her 1980 memoir “A View from A Broad.” In the new introduction, Midler opens up about her love of all things literary.

“I am a reader, and I have been my whole life. I love books and I love all the romance associated with them,” Midler writes. “I even adore editors: How marvelous to be squirrelled away in some dank corner spinning literary dross into gold.”

So what volumes in particular grace the 68-year-old musical legend’s shelves?

“I read P.G. Wodehouse, E.S. Benson, Nancy Mitford,” Midler told the News. “I read Mark Twain with all my heart. I love Melville. This year I read ‘White Fang’ and ‘The Call of the Wild,’ and I have to tell you that I cried. I hadn’t cried over a book in 40 years.”

“I have a real weakness for books about Hollywood girls from the South who married well,” Midler added. “I’ll read any noir set in the far East. Any mystery book with the word ‘Shanghai’ in the title, I buy it.”

“I have like seven or eight books going at any one time,” Midler added. “If we’re driving in a car and my husband sees a bookstore, he knows I’m going to want to go.”

Midler’s reissued memoir hits shelves on April 1, when she’ll also be signing copies at the Barnes & Noble in Union Square.

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