As part of Dior's prestigious Book Tote Club, Natalie Portman, the known actress, unveils her favourite reads in a setting as refined as her selections—the Salle Labrouste room of the national library of France. This intimate gathering showcases the books that Portman slips into her iconic Dior Book Tote bag, revealing an expansive range of genres and authors, from essayists to directors and photographers.
Portman, acclaimed for her deep roles and intellectual acuity, shares her unforgettable literary experiences, featuring a diverse range of influential works. She highlights When We Cease to Understand the World by Benjamín Labatut, which explores the fringes of scientific knowledge and the complexities of the human mind. Among her selections is also Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend, offering a vivid narrative of the intricate friendship between two women in Naples.
Portman discusses Rebecca Solnit’s Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities, an inspiring examination of activism and hope, and Susan Sontag’s On Photography, which delves into the complex relationship between photography and reality. A notable discovery for Portman is Todd Haynes. American Chimeras by Judith Revault d’Allonnes and Amélie Galli, which provides an insightful look into the illustrious career of filmmaker Todd Haynes through a series of evocative photographs.