Brandi Carlile

The singer and songwriter on three books with unmistakable voices.

Brandi Carlile got her musical start listening to Patsy Cline and Elton John, and playing on the Seattle music scene. When the title song from her second album The Story was featured on the TV drama “Grey’s Anatomy,” listeners everywhere responded to what the New York Times called her “roomy, dark-hued and bittersweet” voice. Her latest recording, Give Up the Ghost, shows off a range of compositions and moods, from haunting to rollicking. She shared with us three of her favorite books.

Music by Brandi Carlile


Forever Young

By Bob Dylan

“I love reading this one to my niece Caroline. Even though she’s only two years old she knows it’s somehow musical and it resonates with her in a really cool way. How can Bob Dylan be so relevant through the decades? Have you read the lyrics to ‘The Times They Are A-Changin’ ‘ lately?”


Animal Farm

By George Orwell

“I know I’m late to the party on this one…but what an analogy!”


The Poisonwood Bible

By Barbara Kingsolver

“An amazing look at Africa in all its beauty and its struggle. A profound understanding of both the weight and the compassion of religious imposition.”