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A Bruce Springsteen Contest: Which Two Books?

By Jesse Kornbluth
Published: Apr 04, 2010

They met at the gym. He allegedly said she had “the best ass” there. And then, according to the New York Post, Bruce Springsteen had an “inappropriate” relationship with 45-year-old Ann Kelly, wife and mother of two — and a dead ringer for Bruce’s wife. Now the Kellys are getting divorced. Among the allegations from Kelly’s husband: “The wide-ranging chats Ann had with Springsteen got into politics. When the blue-collar hero and liberal icon learned that Ann was conservative, he gave her two books to read.” We probably won’t find out which books Bruce may have given Ann. (I’m thinking Woody Guthrie, by Joe Klein, and Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States.) But it’s fun to speculate. Send me the names of two books you would have given your gym squeeze if you were The Boss. The author of the entry that amuses me the most gets a copy of Perfection: A Memoir of Betrayal and Renewal, in which Julie Metz discovers her dead husband’s massive infidelity, or Laura Munson’s This Is Not The Story You Think It Is, about a strained season in her marriage.