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August 9, 2017

What Are WNET Staffers Reading on #NationalBookLoversDay?

WNET staffers are as varied as their reading choices — here are some recent answers to the question: “What book is on your nightstand?”

From Lisa Overton: Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation by George Washington, possibly in reaction to watching the news all day, every day.

From Maggie Bower: I’m reading a few at once: Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel (as seen on Masterpiece!), and I also just started reading the Outlander books by Diana Galbadon.

From Chris Mather: Dead Wake by Erik Larson. I’m on kind of a historical nonfiction kick.

From Beth Calvo: I usually prefer non-fiction, and especially biographies. I recently finished ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings’ by Maya Angelou, which I was inspired to read after watching American Masters – Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise. And now I am starting ‘Born to Run’, Bruce Springsteen’s autobiography. What can I say, I am from New Jersey – it is practically required reading.

From Mark Nixdorf: I’m reading A Cruising Guide to New Jersey Waters by Captain Donald Launer. It’s an interesting read for me because I love to learn about places I may venture to with our boat, and it’s fascinating to read about the history of the waterways and tributaries of New Jersey.

From Lisa Buch: I’m currently re-reading Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace, because the first time around, I stopped reading the endnotes halfway through, and I feel like I’ve missed out. I’m also reading Hillbilly Elegy by J.D Vance. I have somewhat mixed feelings about this one, but I’m keeping an open mind and look forward to finishing it.

From Katie Lander: A friend loaned me a book about LBJ’s presidency called Indomitable Will by Mark Updegrove, which I’ve nearly finished, and I just started Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson.

From Leandro Mejia: At the moment, nothing particular, per se. I read around anything and everything that piques my interest: the classics, Scientific Frontier, The Bible, National Geographic, Scientific American Nature, The Economist, The Federalist Papers, Nature (the science journal)…

From Daniel Houston: The Wisdom of Solomon (1611 KJV Holy Bible) and From Babylon to Timbuktu by Rudolf R. Windsor.

From Annika Leybold: I’m slowly working my way through Catch-22. It’s been a bit of a slog,  but it’s a fascinating read.

From Rachel Taylor: I’m just finishing up Erik Larson’s Dead Wake about the sinking of the Lusitania.

From Kala DeStefano: For my book club I’m re-reading The Tenth of December by George Saunders. I’m definitely enjoying it way more the second time through. For myself, I’m reading Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology.

From Hanna Rioseco: Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay.

From Jonathan Kitt: I’m currently reading Parable of the Talents by Octavia E. Butler. It’s a post-apocalyptic piece that’s technically classified as “sci-fi,” but it’s remarkably realistic – and creepy considering the fact it was written in 1999, yet bears striking similarity to our current socio-political climate.

From Ed Campbell: The Hidden Reality by Brian Greene.

From Jessi Olsen: I’m reading The Sellout by Paul Beatty and Freedom is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement by Angela Y. Davis, edited by Frank Barat. Both books provide some gut-wrenching insight via satire and historical analysis into the current state of the American people, particularly the intersectional struggles for justice in Black and P.O.C. (people of color) communities.

From Kristina Kirtley: Right now I’m reading Tom Wolfe’s The Right Stuff. It’s a classic that I’ve always wanted to read, but it’s been hard for me to finish because I’m distracted by all the stories that aren’t being told. I do want to finish it, but might put it aside for the next book on my list, The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race by Jasmyn Ward. I’m also finishing up The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon, and before that I read The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin.

From Julie Daurio: I’m reading The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson – a history of the Great Migration told through the stories of three individuals.

From Kait Hoehne: Mother Night, by Kurt Vonnegut. Love the dark sense of humor.

From Celia Muller: Just finished Maggie Nelson’s The Argonauts, which is a stunningly beautiful book. I am now reading Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center by bell hooks, and also catching up on Brian K. Vaughn’s graphic novel series Saga.

From Whitney McGowan: Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad.

From Raymond Ly: Currently, I’m reading Anna Kendrick’s memoir Scrappy Little Nobody.

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