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The Mercury News (US)
April 3, 2003

Books I Like: Tori Amos

Singer-songwriter Amos, 39, performs Friday and Saturday at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts. Her Web site is

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis (HarperCollins, $8.95 paperback). "I'm reading this to my daughter Natashya -- she's 2½ -- and she seems very much drawn to the story and the pictures. If there's a scary lady involved anywhere, my daughter is right there with it."

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West by Dee Brown (Henry Holt, $16 paperback). "All these lost voices in our history -- this book was so important in rediscovering them. I used the book as a reference work while I was writing my album 'Scarlet's Walk' last year."

Manuel Alvarez Bravo: Photographs From the J. Paul Getty Museum (Getty Museum, $17.50 paperback). "Alvarez Bravo (1902-2002) was a great Mexican photographer. I surround myself by his photographs when I sit at the piano and compose."

Owning Your Own Shadow: Understanding the Dark Side of the Psyche by Robert A. Johnson (HarperSanFrancisco, $12 paperback). "Carl Jung used the term 'shadow' to describe the unlit part of the ego, and Johnson, a Jungian analyst, discusses how to explore it and move toward wholeness."

American Gods by Neil Gaiman (Harper, $7.99 paperback). "It's about a titanic battle in modern-day America between these burned-out Old World gods and some new gods who are in charge of things like the Internet and television."

The Collected Poems by Sylvia Plath (HarperCollins, $17.95 paperback). "That's the level I'm striving for."

-- Bob Frost
Special to the Mercury News

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