Picks and Pans Review: What I'm Reading This Summer

UPDATED 07/14/2003 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 07/14/2003 at 01:00 AM EDT

•Rob Reiner A book called The Complete Idiot's Guide to NASA by Thomas D. Jones and Michael Benson. It's all about how NASA works. The next movie I am doing is going to involve some space travel.

Jessica Simpson I was reading James Patterson's Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas on the plane and I was literally sobbing. [My husband] Nick [Lachey] was trying to comfort me. It was amazing.

•Mimi Rogers Bel Canto by Ann Patchett. Beautifully written, incredibly poetic. It's this amazing [novel] about what seems to be a horrible terrorist incident and the transformative effect music and art can have on everyone.

•Luke Wilson A book about [The Wild Bunch director] Sam Peckinpah called Peckinpah: Portrait in Montage by Garner Simmons. I'm a fan of his movies.

•Albert Brooks Hillary Clinton's book Living History. I think I already know the story, but I'm going to read it anyway.

•Christian Slater My wife gave me a book called The Way of the Superior Man by David Deida. It's a guide book and a self-help, sex-ed book. It's helped me a great deal.

•Soledad O'Brien I'm just finishing Augusten Burroughs's Dry. It's about his drug-and-alcohol rehab.

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