Since Anne Hathaway won a Critic’s Choice award last night and has been nominated for an Oscar for her role in Les Miserables this week, we decided to add the honor of being our second “What They’re Reading ” celebrity to her growing list of accolades. Anne’s favorite book is The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgsen Burnett.
Though Frances Hodgson Burnett wrote more than forty books, none remains so popular as her miraculous and magical masterpiece,The Secret Garden. In the book, Mary Lennox is sent to Misselthwaite Manor, on the Yorkshire moors, to live with her uncle after her parents die of cholera. There she discovers her sickly cousin Colin, both love no one because they have never been loved. They are the book’s spiritual secret gardens, needing only the right kind of care to bloom into lovely children. Mary also discovers a literal secret garden, hidden behind a locked gate on her uncle’s estate, neglected for the ten years since Colin’s birth and his mother’s death. Together with a local child named Dickon, Mary and Colin transform the garden into a paradise bursting with life and color. Through their newfound mutual love of nature, they nurture each other, until they are brought back to health and happiness.
Anne Hathaway is an American actress and musician. She came to prominence after playing Mia Thermopolis in the Disney film The Princess Diaries. Since then, Hathaway has starred in dramatic films such as Brokeback Mountain, The Devil Wears Prada, Becoming Jane, Alice in Wonderland, Love and Other Drugs, The Dark Knight Rises, and Les Misérables, for which she was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.