Welcome to Shelf Life, ELLE.com’s books column, in which authors share their most memorable reads. Whether you’re on the hunt for a book to console you, move you profoundly, or make you laugh, consider a recommendation from the writers in our series, who, like you (since you’re here), love books. Perhaps one of their favorite titles will become one of yours, too.
The Parks and Recreation actress, who starred in the second season of HBO’s The White Lotus, has dozens of acting and producing credits to her name, including Emily the Criminal, Happiest Season, and Ingrid Goes West. Future projects include Operation Fortune with Jason Statham and Hugh Grant and Marvel series Agatha: Coven of Chaos with Kathyrn Hahn at Disney+.
The Delaware-born, L.A.-based Plaza, who Timecalls “the stealth-weapon actress of our era,” was named after a song by 70s California soft rock band Bread; did competitive Irish dancing (her mom is Irish, her dad Puerto Rican), interned at SNL after taking film production at NYU; did improv and comedy at Upright Citizens Brigade; has a production company called Evil Hag Productions; has two rescue dogs named Stevie and Frankie; can make fake credit cards; can read tarot cards and cast a moon spell in Megan Mullally’s backyard; fell asleep on fellow Delawarean President Biden’s couch when he was VP.
Likes: witches (she apprenticed with one in Tennessee), Halloween, movie theaters. Good at: softball. Bad at: naps. Curl up with one of her picks.
Lost Children Archive by Valerie Luisielli. [It was] the book my character, Harper Spiller, read in White Lotus and I read in real life at the same time… in sync with shooting and tried to time out to finish as it was ending… long five months.