What’s on your bookshelf/kindle/Ipod this month?
Here are my February/March reads:
Nonfiction: Nomi Prins “It Takes A Pillage.” Prins, who worked for investment banking firms for ten years (Goldman Sachs, Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers), is a rollicking muckraker now. If you want insider information about the run-up to, as she calls it, the Second Great Depression, this is pretty good. It’s practically an encyclopedia of who did what and when. She is a self-proclaimed liberal who believes in wealth distribution, which sounds bad if you’re a Republican, but her 5-point plan for reforming the banking system has even conservatives nodding their heads in agreement that she’s got it about right.
Her new book is an historical novel based on the first Great Depression:
(It’s on my reading list.)
Escapist Fiction: Justin Cronin’s “The Passage”, an absorbing page-turner, if you have the time (800 pages). How to describe it? A “Twilight” book for adults? Inspired by his daughter’s request that he write about a girl who saves the world, Cronin’s book has the feel of legend, in a post-apocalyptic, sci-fi adventure setting. It’s not as dark as a Cormack McCarthy novel, but the first 100 pages were bleak enough that I almost put it down. Glad I didn’t.
What’s your book of the month? I love feedback and suggestions and am always looking for a good read.