Johnny Depp Recommended Books & Reading List

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Discover and read the best books Johnny Depp has recommended. Find out what books Johnny Depp has read, and which ones have inspired and changed his life.

Johnny Depp has given his top picks for recommended books, but there is also a mix of mentions and suggestions on this reading list.

Johnny Depp

John Christopher Depp II (born June 9, 1963) is an American actor and musician. He is the recipient of multiple accolades, including a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award, in addition to nominations for three Academy Awards and two BAFTA awards.

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1. The People’s Act of Love A Novel

James Meek
Publication Date: December 4, 2006
The People’s Act of Love depicts the vulnerable coexistence of a gorgeous, independent mother raising her son alone, a cruel Czech captain and his restless regiment, and a mysterious separatist Christian sect.

Meek’s utterly captivating book, which takes place at the end of the reign of the Russian revolution, mesmerizes readers with its portrayal of human nature at its most extreme during times of conflict. In 1919, the small group of Czech soldiers marooned by the civil war and led by the insane cocaine-snorting Captain Matula, as well as “the widow” Anna Petrovna, whose passion for worldly things separates her from the pious townspeople, comprise the strange brew of humanity that makes up the remote Siberian town of Yazyk.


2. In the Hand of Dante: A Novel

Nick Tosches
Publication Date: September 1, 2003
The Divine Comedy manuscript, written in Dante’s own hand, is the rarest and most priceless artifact ever discovered. A priest recovers it hidden inside the Vatican library.

Two distinct storylines are intertwined inside this novel, one of which is set in the 14th century in Italy and Sicily and features Dante Alighieri, and the other of which is set in the fall of 2001 and has a fictional Nick Tosches as the main character. As Dante struggles to create his masterpiece and travels to Sicily in search of spiritual understanding, the historical and contemporary storylines constantly change.


3. Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America

Douglas Brinkley
Publication Date: May 4, 2010
A comprehensive historical fact and eye-opening look at the revolutionary environmental policies of President Theodore Roosevelt, an enthusiastic birdwatcher, naturalist, and the father of America’s conservation movement, are presented by historian and New York Times bestselling author Douglas Brinkley.

By preserving more than 230 million acres of wild America for future generations between 1901 and 1909, Theodore Roosevelt made conservation a global endeavor. Douglas Brinkley examines the life and accomplishments of our “naturalist president” in this ground-breaking epic biography, drawing on never-before-published materials. The fight for the American wilderness was one of Roosevelt’s most significant contributions that contributed to the foundation of the United States. It was possibly the largest presidential endeavor between the American Civil War and World War I. The Antiquities Act was passed in 1906, and the Fish and Wildlife Service was created. Such gems as Devils Tower, the Grand Canyon, and the Petrified Forest were preserved thanks to his presidential actions.


4. The Ginger Man

J. P. Donleavy
Publication Date: July 13, 2010
J. P. Donleavy’s debut book, which was first published in Paris in 1955 and was first outlawed in the United States, is today regarded as a masterpiece and a modern classic of the greatest quality.

The Ginger Man, a hilarious, picaresque classic novel about the antics of Sebastian Dangerfield, a young American misfit studying at Trinity College in Dublin, is set in Ireland just after World War II. In order to live without having to enter the endless hole of steady labor, he hardly has time for his studies, avoids bill collectors, makes love to virtually everything in a skirt, and barely has time for his studies. Dangerfield feeds his voracious thirst for women, alcohol, and general roguishness with unending charm.


5. Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates

Tom Robbins
Publication Date: May 29, 2001
As smart and insightful a book as anyone has written in a while. . . Readers are taken on a thrilling trip by Robbins. . . A joy from start to finish.

A contradiction for every occasion, Switters is an anarchist who works for the government, a pacifist who owns a gun, a vegetarian who eats ham gravy, a computer whiz who despises computers, and a man who, despite being obsessed with the preservation of innocence, is itching to deflower his high school-aged stepsister. Switters, though, is not in the least bit ambiguous. He carries more than just a gun. He’s a loaded gun. We also get to see Tom Robbins—that brave storyteller, spiritual outlaw, and linguistic breakdancer—at the height of his powers as we follow Switters’ oddly high heels through four countries, in and out of love and peril, and learn the “real” Third Secret of Fatima in the process.


6. On the Road

Jack Kerouac
Publication Date: June 1, 1999
The renowned book on authenticity and independence that best illustrates a generation is now available in a stunning new Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition.

On the Road tells the tale of two friends whose cross-country road excursions are a search for meaning and authentic experience, and were inspired by Jack Kerouac’s travels with Neal Cassady. On the Road is a book that altered American literature and influenced everyone who has ever picked it up. It was written with a blend of sad-eyed naiveté and reckless ambition and saturated with Kerouac’s love of America, sympathy for people, and sense of language as jazz.


7. Big Sur

Jack Kerouac
Publication Date: February 26, 2019
As he recovers from his carefree youth and unexpected popularity, Jack Kerouac faces head-on some of his most severe mental health problems, including a growing alcoholism and addiction problem as well as feelings of dread and insecurity. He faithfully keeps track of his constantly shifting mental states, which come to a head in a potent religious experience.

Following a trip to northern California and the onset of a midlife crisis, Jack Kerouac wrote Big Sur sometime after his most well-known works. For many weeks, Kerouac lived with friends in San Francisco and in a cottage in Big Sur, California. He spent two weeks writing this story after getting home. Big Sur was described as Kerouac’s “masterpiece” and “one of the great, great masterpieces of the English language” by critic Richard Meltzer.


8. The Master and Margarita: 50th-Anniversary Edition

Mikhail Bulgakov
Publication Date: May 3, 2016
The legendary 20th-century masterpiece of satire and fantasy is now available in a 50th-anniversary Deluxe Edition in a freshly updated version of the widely praised Pevear and Volokhonsky translation.

The Master and Margarita is a literary masterpiece that surpasses all others. The Devil emerges out from the shadows one spring afternoon and makes his way toward Moscow, leaving a path of fire and destruction in his wake. Two separate yet interconnected portions of Mikhail Bulgakov’s imaginative, humorous, and harsh satire of Soviet life are combined; one is situated in modern Moscow, while the other is in ancient Jerusalem. Both are packed with real, imagined, mythical, and amazing people. The Master and Margarita, which was first published in 1966 and 1967 but was really written during the worst of Stalin’s rule, became a literary sensation and stood for the independence of the arts and the soul for all Russians.


9. A Season in Hell & Illuminations

Arthur Rimbaud
Publication Date: August 9, 2005
Visions of torment have intrigued writers for centuries, as shown in Dante’s Inferno and Sartre’s No Exit. Arthur Rimbaud’s A Season in Hell, which the poet wrote when he was nineteen, is an astounding illustration of the struggle with self in that extensive literature of pain.

Visions of torment have intrigued writers for centuries, as shown in Dante’s Inferno and Sartre’s No Exit. Arthur Rimbaud’s A Season in Hell, which the poet wrote when he was nineteen, is an astounding illustration of the struggle with self in that extensive literature of pain.


10. Les Fleurs du Mal: The Flowers of Evil

Charles Baudelaire
Publication Date: May 16, 2016
This dual-language book of the iconic collection of poems by Baudelaire has been the go-to translation for discerning readers all around the world since it was initially released in 2016.

The majority of Baudelaire’s poetry, which was produced between 1840 and his death in August 1867, is gathered in Les Fleurs du mal: The Flowers of Evil. It was significant in the modernist and symbolist movements when it was first published in 1857. Though it generated a lot of controversies when it was first published and had six of its poems deleted for its immorality, it is today regarded as a significant piece of French poetry. Les Fleurs du Mal contains poetry that regularly veers from the norm by employing oblique imagery and novel formats.


11. The Rum Diary: A Novel

Hunter S. Thompson
Publication Date: November 1, 1999
The Rum Diary, a New York Times Notable Book and national bestseller by Hunter S. Thompson, is a magnificent love story of resentment, betrayal, and ferocious sensuality set in the Caribbean. It stars Johnny Depp.

The Rum Diary, begun in 1959 by twenty-two-year-old Hunter S. Thompson, is a beautifully twisted love story of envy, deceit, and violent alcoholic desire in the late 1950s Caribbean boomtown of San Juan, Puerto Rico. The narrator, freelance writer Paul Kemp, is pulled irresistibly to a seductive, enigmatic lady and is soon pushed into a world where corruption and get-rich-quick schemes reign supreme and everything (even murder) is permitted. This sparkling humorous adventure, exuberant and wild, young and energetic, presents a fictitious journey as engrossing and outlandish as Thompson’s Fear and Loathing volumes.


12. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream

Hunter S. Thompson
Publication Date: May 12, 1998
This cult classic of gonzo journalism is the finest account of drug-soaked, foggy-headed, roaring good times ever put to print.

Raoul Duke and his attorney, Doctor Gonzo, arrived in Las Vegas to chase the American Dream via a drug-induced haze, all the while ruminating on the collapse of the 1960s countercultural movement. Thompson’s most renowned work is notable for its gruesome portrayals of illegal drug usage and its early perspective on 1960s culture. Thompson’s extremely subjective combination of truth and fantasy, which he pioneered, was dubbed “gonzo journalism.”


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