The Park Bench is a film in which two people reveal their inner lives through the books they read.

Here is a list of favorite books from the Cast & Crew.

Write to us and tell us your favorite book, or a book you enjoyed most growing up, 

or anything book-related.

Gareth Taylor (Cinematographer)

Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

It's a classic for a reason.  Who doesn't relate to the alienated, hard-drinking, chain-smoking flunkie, Holden Caulfield?  

Ann LeSchander (Writer/Director)

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier.

This is the first book that made me understand the pleasure of reading.  It has it all - suspense, mystery, passionate romance, and ghosts in the attic!

Nicole Hayden (Emily)

The Glass Castle:  a memoir by Jeanette Walls

A great storyteller, she spins this personal yarn with enough humor to make it fascinating, not depressing.  What a strange, unconventional life!  It teaches us how resilient we can be.  I loved it.  


Arceili Cesar (Mateo's mother) 

La Casa de los Epiritus (The House of Spirits) by Isabelle Allende

It is full of magical realism!

Ken Jones 

Let the Right One In by John Ajvde Lindqvist 

A very different look at a classic vampire story that foregoes the romance in favor of a human interaction.

Beau Bonness (Bennett Davis) 

Walden by Henry David Thoreau

His foresight as Industrialism emerged in his backyard was beautifully told in such minute detail.

Mary Fink 

The Mummy by Anne Rice

It has a little bit of everything and keeps your interest from beginning to end.  Very intriguing!

Vikram Weet

The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Helps me keep the absurdity of life in the proper perspective, and provides the world with two invaluable pieces of advice: always keep a towel with you, and don't panic.

Kieran Mulligan

The House of Hades by Rick Riordan

Because it's a cliffhanger!

Shannon Tool

Love by Toni Morrison

It shows the truth of the two girls' love.

Nikki Bohm

The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux

I love how this book teaches us of love, acceptance and tolerance and giving a chance at love to those the world has turned its back on!

Bernard Freeman

Palace Walk by Naguib Mahfouz

Masterful sentences of intense passion and depth.  I read it 10 years ago and still dream of it.

Jeremy Valdez

Bless Me Ultima by Rudolfo Amaya

It's perfect.

Friends of The Park Bench - Favorite Books

Ella Raziel (Emily's sister) 

Matched by Ally Condie

I love the romance in it!

Also I love Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life because I love the friendship component.

Yumi Iwama

Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt

The author of this memoir finds humor in the most dire circumstances and makes eating an egg a fascinating story.

Michael S.

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

Lifelong unrequited love.  Also, as a kid, I lived in Genoa and Rome, 1961-63, in the period covered by the early part of the story.

Gracie Craig-McFalls  

The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall

I love the characters, her writing, the story and basically everything.  I have read the entire series billions of times!

Michele Benish 

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

It makes me feel the meaning of Christmas and life.

Lindsay Douglas 

The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

I'm a hopeless romantic!! (P.S.That's why I loved THE PARK BENCH!)

Angel Thompson (Producer)

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

Grim but fascinating. This book introduced me to my favorite genre - true crime.  I've been a fan of it ever since.

Dan Raziel (Composer)

We'll be Here for the Rest of our Lives by Paul Shaffer

It's subtitled "A Swingin' Show Biz Saga" which pretty much sums it up.  Paul's been everywhere in the music scene and he writes about it with great wit.  Plus he's Canadian like me, so it gets preferential treatment.

Jason Challinor

Post Office by Charles Bukowski

Bukowski rocks!