Recently, Barbie director Greta Gerwig made the news for having the biggest opening in a weekend for a female director. But when Gerwig isn’t directing, she can be found with a book in her hands. Keep reading for a list of Greta Gerwig’s favorite books to read!
Is there a Barbie Sequel?
Many people are wondering if Barbie will have a sequel. Gerwig has said that she doesn’t know as of yet. When asked about a sequel or about a franchise around the Barbie movie, Gerwig responded, “At this moment, it’s all I’ve got.”
“I feel like that at the end of every movie, like I’ll never have another idea and everything I’ve ever wanted to do, I did,” she added. “I wouldn’t want to squash anybody else’s dream, but for me, at this moment, I’m at totally zero.”
Fans of the movie will have to wait before they find out if Barbie’s adventures will continue. In the meantime, you can check out Gerwig’s favorite books below!
Barbie Director Greta Gerwig’s Favorite Books
- The Idiot by Elif Batuman
- Middlemarch by George Eliot
- Nightwood by Djuna Barnes
- To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
- Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- The Death of the Heart by Elizabeth Bowen
- The White Album by Joan Didion
- The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson
- The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy
- Lives of Girls and Women by Alice Munro
An Old Soul
Gerwig’s list contains a bunch of classics as well as recent novels. Her selection is a great balance and she has some stand out picks such as Americanah and The Argonauts. Her novels have inspired her work and with these amazing books as her favorite, it is no surprise to see her recent success.
Middlemarch by George Eliot
“Glorious, sprawling, generous. It makes you wish you had not judged characters so quickly and that you could grow old with all of them. I read somewhere that it is a novel for adults, and it is, truly. It is a book I hope to read at every decade of my life, because I think each time it will have something new to teach me.”
To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
“A classic for a reason. My mind was warped into a new shape by her prose and it will never be the same again. The metaphysics she presents in the book are enacted in a way that allowed me to begin to understand that corner of philosophy.”
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
“In this book, Ms. Adichie has constructed a full-on romance that has the addictive power of a Jane Austen novel but with the specifics of life in Nigeria, as well as life in the United States as an immigrant. I fell in love with Ifemelu and Obinze in a way that I haven’t felt since I was a child reading novels for the first time.”
That wraps up this list of Greta Gerwig’s favorite books. How many of these books have you read? Let us know in the comments below!