Lupita Nyong’o. Photo: Vulture and Getty Images Bookseller One Grand Books has asked celebrities to name the ten titles they’d take to a desert island, and it’s shared the results with Vulture. Below is actor and children’s book author Lupita Nyong’o’s list.
The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
The book I have read the most times. I love the decadent melancholy of it. I also love the delicate relationship between Gatsby and his unrequited love, Daisy. My favorite sentence from the book is when Daisy says, “What’ll we do with ourselves this afternoon? And the day after that, and the next thirty years?” Now that is restlessness and privilege if I ever heard it!
$17 at One Grand Books
Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Americanah is a dramatic romance and a coming-of-age story, a class narrative, and a comedy of manners. I first read it in 2013, and I was struck with how exactly I related to Adichie’s depiction of the contemporary African immigrant experience. She captures it, expresses it, analyzes it, and celebrates it. It’s a story begging to be experienced visually.
$16 at One Grand Books
An Exaltation of Larks, James Lipton
A book on collective nouns that I read from often, and I wish more people knew about it. I am madly in love with collective nouns! They make language so colorful and ticklish. I love throwing them into casual conversation.
$20 at One Grand Books
Not Quite Narwhal, Jessie Sima
I love the whimsy of both the story and the illustration. It’s a story about being the odd one out, adoption, and belonging, and it tells it so gently and sweetly.