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Tribune's book guru on what celebs should be reading, from Lady Gaga to Harry and Meghan

Columnist John Warner recommends books for readers. Check out his picks for celebrities.

Lady Gaga: “Goodbye Without Leaving” by Laurie Colwin

If Lady Gaga is looking for a new project after her leading role in “A Star Is Born,” let me suggest a film version of Laurie Colwin’s “Goodbye Without Leaving.” It’s the story of a young woman who drops out of school to become a white back-up singer in an all-black R&B band, Vernon and Ruby Shakely and the Shakettes. When she quits the Shakettes she must come to grips with a conventional life. It offers a wonderful mix of humor and pathos that Lady Gaga could knock out of the park on screen.

Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex: “Goodnight Moon” by Margaret Wise Brown

It’s very difficult to get any kind of news about the British royal family here in their former colony, but I believe I’ve heard tell that they are expecting a new prince or princess. All new babies should come with a copy of the greatest bedtime book of all-time, “Goodnight Moon” by Margaret Wise Brown.

Betsy DeVos: “Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago’s South Side” by Eve L. Ewing

I am no fan of current Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, but she is secretary of education, so it would be nice if she could be exposed to some deeper looks at what’s going on in our schools, for example: Eve L. Ewing’s “Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago’s South Side.”

BTS: “The Love You Make: An Insider’s Story of the Beatles” by Peter Brown and Steven Gaines

I am of the age when pop music phenomena pass by without me understanding much, but I’ve been led to believe that the Korean boy band BTS is the biggest thing since The Beatles. We’ll see if that holds up, but in the meantime, the lads may enjoy a somewhat forgotten “insider” tale (first published in 1983) of the Fab Four by friend and one-time business manager Peter Brown, “The Love You Make: An Insider’s Story of the Beatles.”

Mark Zuckerberg: “Antisocial Media: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy” by Siva Vaidhyanathan

Mark Zuckerberg is an undoubtedly smart person who is also rich and more powerful than we can possibly understand. He’d gain insight into the danger of Facebook’s power by reading “Antisocial Media: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy” by Siva Vaidhyanathan.

Kim Kardashian: “One L” by Scott Turow

Apparently, Kim Kardashian is aiming to take the bar exam to become a certified attorney, following in her father’s footsteps. To find out what she missed by skipping law school, opting instead to serve as an apprentice, she should read Scott Turow’s classic chronicle of his first year at Harvard Law School, “One L.”

Oprah Winfrey: “Trust Exercise” by Susan Choi

What’s this, someone having the gall to recommend a book to the most influential book recommender of all-time? Indeed, because I’m hoping Oprah can embrace and elevate one of our most interesting and tricky chroniclers of the American way of life. Susan Choi’s books are never entirely what they seem, and they present a wonderful challenge to the right reader. Oprah can start with her newest, “Trust Exercise.”

John Warner, author of “Why They Can’t Write: Killing the Five-Paragraph Essay and Other Necessities,” writes a weekly column called The Biblioracle for the Chicago Tribune.

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