Books That Made a Difference to Christina Ricci
Look for the actress on the couch reading books rich in imagination.
O, The Oprah Magazine |
August 23, 2011
"I would reread them every summer," says Christina Ricci of the children's series featuring a deity named Aslan, a benevolent lion.
"I have given this book to so many people and reread it, I think, a million times," says Christina Ricci. "I love it because it's about surviving."
The sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll of the 1970s "always scared me," says 31-year-old Christina Ricci, who hadn't yet been born when rocker Patti Smith and photographer Robert Mapplethorpe were making music and art together, as chronicled in this 2010 memoir.
"When I was struggling with a sense of identity, this book helped me feel empowered about being a little different," says Christina Ricci. A teenager when she read the popular 1943 novel, she knew nothing about the book's polarizing ideology, nor was she drawn to its iconoclastic protagonist, Howard Roark.
"Recently, I've really responded to books that bring the magic of childhood back to us as adults," says Christina Ricci, who bought this novel about traumatized sisters at an airport, not knowing what to expect. "It was very sad, but in a way it was also uplifting because they never lost the love they had for each other."