Elvis Costello Shares the Books That are Most Important to Him

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Famous singer/songwriter Elvis Costello has a way with words. His songs are often darkly funny and filled with stories. Not only is he a magician with words when it comes to songwriting, but Costello recently added author to his list of achievements, proving once again just how much of a wordsmith he truly is. Unsurprisingly, he’s also a reader at heart and told New York Public Library some of his favorite literary cautionary tales.

The Pat Hobby StoriesF. Scott Fitzgerald (Benediction Classics, 2011)

Adolf Hitler: My Part In His Downfall, Spike Milligan (Viking Books, 2012)

My Last Sigh, Luis Buñuel (Vintage Books, 2013)

For the full post on Costello’s favorite books, visit NYPL.org.


Beth Wasko is a lover of all things books, TV, movies and music. She’s obsessed with traveling, photography and scrapbooking. When she’s not at her day job, she’s catching up on the latest “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” news (read: drama!). Known as “The Real G.G. [Gossip Girl]” by her nearest and dearest, this former New York City gal is always looking for the next new adventure, even if it means it’s within the pages of a novel.

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