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The New York Public Library honored novelist Annie Proulx and “Eloise” illustrator Hilary Knight during its annual Library Lions benefit on Monday. While literati, celebrities and fashion folk climbed the marble staircase, WWD took the opportunity to find out what they’re reading now.

“When You are Engulfed in Flames,” by David Sedaris.
— Rachel Roy

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“The Seven Mountain-Travel Books,” by H.W. Tilman. “Tilman was an active mountain climber in the mid- to late-Twenties.”
— Honoree Annie Proulx

“The Paris Years of Thomas Jefferson,” by William Howard Adams.
— Charlotte Moss

“The Gathering Storm,” by Winston Churchill.
— Ray Kelly

“The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family,” by Annette Gordon-Reed. “It’s about the slave children fathered by Thomas Jefferson.”
— Susan Fales-Hill

“Imperial,” by William T. Vollmann.
— Fran Lebowitz

“God Is a Bullet,” by Boston Teran.
— Bryant Gumbel

“The Lost Symbol,” by Dan Brown.
— Henry Louis Gates Jr.

“Free for All: Joe Papp, the Public and the Greatest Theater Story Ever Told,” by Kenneth Turan.
— Nora Ephron

— Frank Langella

“The Trump Card,” by Ivanka Trump; “It’s Your Time,” by Joel Osteen and “Our Choice,” by Al Gore. “They’re all on ‘The View’ this week.”
— Barbara Walters

“Wolf Hall,” by Hilary Mantel.
— Nancy Kissinger

“I’m, like, totally not reading anything right now, which I know sounds really stupid. I got ‘The Road Less Traveled’ for my birthday and loved it.”
— Leighton Meester

“The Search for Modern China,” by Jonathan Spence.
— Henry Kissinger

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