Staff Reading: May 2007

Matt Borondy: A couple of books I tore through recently that were really enjoyable, well written and informative (but not incredibly "literary") were Chasing Cool, a new book about marketing by Noah Kerner and Gene Pressman, and Don't Make Me Think, a classic on user interfaces (and writing for the web) by Steve Krug. I'm also happy to report that I finally finished The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell. Right now I'm working through Frances Moore Lappe's Diet for a Small Planet and surfing about 50 websites a day.

Robert Birnbaum: The Pesthouse by Jim Crace; The Unknown Terrorist by Richard Flanagan; Fellow Travelers by Thom Mallon; The Dirty Life and Times of Warren Zevon by Crystal Zevon; the reviews of god is not Great by Christopher Hitchens (I'm not sure as much as I like reading Hitchens, that the subject really interests me); the various articles by Michael Connelly (LA Times), Pat Holt (Holt Uncensored #398) and Mikimoto Rich (NYT) on the (imperiled) state of newspaper book reviewing; "The Return of the Idiot" by Alvaro Vargas Llosa in Foreign Policy; the (almost incomprehensible) instruction manual of my digital camcorder; the umpire guidelines and rules for the Newton MA Central Little League

Drew McNaughton: Collapse by Jared Diamond; The God of Animals by Aryn Kyle

Alexandra Tursi: I've been lost in Paul Auster lately - read The New York Trilogy and Oracle Night. Now I'm reading City of Illusions. Others on my nightstand are The Bastard of Istanbul by Elif Shafak and Mergers & Acquisitions by Dana Vachon, which I'm told is a Bright Lights, Big City for our generation. I'm also hoping to start Absurdistan by Gary Shteyngart because I loved The Russian Debutante's Handbook.

Jane Friedman: I just finished Baby Love by Rebecca Walker; currently reading The Post-Birthday World by Lionel Shriver and Thank You for Arguing by Jay Heinrichs. More interesting is what I'm editing -- a humor book forthcoming from TOW Books this September: Really, You've Done Enough: A Parents' Guide to Stop Parenting Their Adult Child Who Still Needs Their Money But Not Their Advice (by Sarah Walker).

Ross Simonini: The Autobiography of Red by Anne Carson; Galatea 2.2 by Richard Powers; The Palm Wine Drinkard by Amos Tutuola

Summer Block: I am (shamefully) reading Scott Turow's mystery novel The Burden of Proof -- I ran out of books while backpacking around Japan and found a free copy at the Kyoto Visitor's Center.

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