It may be a bit harder to get through multiple books now that the summer is ending, but for urban leaders, three recent books are worth reading even after Labor Day. Each offers some provocative insight about what's happening in American cities, why, and what we might do about it.
Summertime isn't just for swimming when you want to start and grow a profitable small business. Yes, you should recharge with a summer vacation, but you should also find ways to add to your pool of knowledge about your industry, your customers and your competition.
In Frederick Exley's A Fan's Notes, the infiltration of the world of a clinically depressed alcoholic is buoyed and enlivened by the character's intellectual strengths and sense of humor. A fun ambassador through contemporary hell.
I am not a sports fan, but that didn't keep me from loving If I Don't Six by Elwood Reid. There is something more to this book that takes it out of the sports fiction genre and brings it into the realm of literary fiction.
Author Joel Stein argues that adults should read books written for adults, and stay away from any book marketed to children and teens, while Lev Grossman offers a defense of the genre, praising its rich storytelling, descriptive clarity and more. Our take: Why not read for yourself and decide?
April 14th marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. Over the last century the disaster has spawned numerous books. Here is a collection of a dozen titles you and your young Titanic buffs may enjoy.
Oyeyemi excellently juggles a wide variety of narrators throughout the book, keeping the text always fresh; and stories vary greatly from sweet to foreboding and -- perhaps I am a tad bit sensitive -- sometimes horrifying.