Bookseller One Grand Books has asked celebrities to name the ten titles they’d take to a desert island, and they’ve shared the results with Vulture. Below is American Ballet Theater’s principal dancer JamesWhiteside’s list.
Fosse by Sam Wasson
Bob Fosse is one of my favorite choreographers. This book is a dark and fascinating biography of the man who gave us Cabaret, Sweet Charity, and Chicago, among others.
This novel explores the oft-confusing social mores and prejudices of humankind, all while following a Mars-born human male’s first trip to Earth. I found it incredibly relevant to the America that I’ve grown up in.
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
This provocative work should be required reading, as it challenges everything one thinks one knows about the history and future of humanity. I was riveted, irritated, and ashamed. The author’s catty tone also makes this an amusing and eye-opening read.
This lyrical tale of two friends in cultural heyday New York City elicits nostalgia for a time I didn’t even experience firsthand. As an artist, this story speaks to me on many levels and inspires me to be honest, shameless, and creative.