8 Classic Books Creative People Love

Tilda Swinton, Laura Linney, Bill Gates weigh in
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 19, 2016 11:17 AM CST
8 Classic Books Creative People Love
A woman reads at a stand at the Book Fair in Frankfurt, Germany on Oct. 19, 2016.   (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

Need a last-minute gift idea for the reader in your life? The New York Times might be able to help you out. It's compiled the favorite classic novels of "eight creative people," who previously named the 10 books they'd want with them on a desert island on OneGrandBooks.com. Their picks:

  • Tilda Swinton, actress: The Complete Essays by Michel de Montaigne
  • Bill Gates, entrepreneur: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Marlon James, writer: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

  • Kim Gordon, musician: Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  • Kehinde Wiley, painter: Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez
  • Maggie Nelson, writer: The Golden Bowl by Henry James
  • Sloane Crosley, writer: Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
  • Laura Linney, actress: Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Check out the Times to see what these creative types had to say about their picks, or check out the Times editors' best books of 2016. (More books stories.)

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