03/28/2011 at 01:00 AM EDT
"The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee. It's a biography of cancer, all you ever wanted to know, and cancer touches everyone's life. An unbelievable book."
"Every year I reread The Autobiography of Malcolm X. As you get older and he gets older, you relate to different things. It's the power of change that's resonating with me now."
"I'm reading a really funny novel called After Claude by Iris Owens. It's from the 1970s. It's this acerbic, hilarious tale told by this hilarious, acerbic narrator."