Bruce Springsteen lists his 28 favourite books

Bruce Springsteen has compiled a list of his 28 favourite books.

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Bruce Springsteen has compiled a list of his 28 favourite books.

The American musician publishes his first ever children’s book this week in the form of Outlaw Pete, a picture book telling “the story of a man trying to outlive and outrun his sins”. It’s based on Springsteen’s song of the same name.


Now, speaking to the New York Times ahead of that literary release, Springsteen has discussed the books that have had the most profound effects on his life. He reveals that The Wizard of Oz was the first book he ever read and that he’d invite Philip Roth, Keith Richards, Leo Tolstoy and Bob Dylan to an imaginary dinner party.

You can read a list of Springsteen’s favourite books below, via Brainpickings:

Moby-Dick by Herman Melville


How To Live: Or A Life Of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer by Sarah Bakewell

Lonely Hearts Of The Cosmos: The Scientific Quest For The Secret Of The Universe by Dennis Overbye

Love In The Time Of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Leaves Of Grass by Walt Whitman

The History Of Western Philosophy by Bertrand Russell

Examined Lives by Jim Miller

American Pastoral by Philip Roth

I Married A Communist by Philip Roth

Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

The Sportswriter by Richard Ford

The Lay Of The Land by Richard Ford

Independence Day by Richard Ford

A Good Man Is Hard To Find And Other Stories by Flannery O’Connor

Mystery Train: Images Of America In Rock ‘n’ Roll Music by Greil Marcus

Last Train To Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley by Peter Guralnick

Chronicles by Bob Dylan

Life by Keith Richards

Sonata For Jukebox by Geoffrey O’Brien

Soul Mining: A Musical Life by Daniel Lanois

Too Big To Fail by Andrew Ross Sorkin

Someplace Like America: Tales From The New Great Depression by Dale Maharidge

The Big Short by Michael Lewis

The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Great Short Works by Leo Tolstoy

The Adventures Of Augie March by Saul Bellow

The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz by L Frank Baum


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