November 16th, 2012

Consider this pre-Thanksgiving edition of Friday Reads to be an appetizer, if you will.

During the Hurricane Sandy reprieve Justin compulsively watched two seasons of Dr. Who. In that spirit he’ll be picking up Charles Yu’s How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe for the weekend.

Having finished How to Change the World by John-Paul Flintoff, one of the forthcoming May 2013 books in Picador’s School of Life series, Gabrielle has moved on to its accompanying title, How to Find Fulfilling Work by Roman Krznaric.

Krznaric’s book is “a guide for helping you take your working life in new directions, and for bringing your career and who you are in closer alignment.” While I already find my work fulfilling, I’m loving the bits of social history mixed throughout. For instance, Krznaric says, “Although the search for a fulfilling career has only become a widespread aspiration in the West since the end of the Second World War, it has its roots in the rise of individualism in Renaissance Europe.”

When I leave work today the chapter “A Short History of Career Confusion” is waiting for me.

Both Alaina and Elianna have the ARC of Anna Stothard’s Orange Prize Longlisted novel The Pink Hotel on tap for the holiday week. The book will be released as a paperback original in April of next year.

Alaina: I’ve only just gotten started on the book, but I recommend this extremely entertaining essay by Stothard in the Daily Mail, in which she discovers that one her childhood literary idols was actually her mother’s lover.

Darin is reading Truman Capote’s Answered Prayers, purchased on impulse because of the new cover! And in preparation for our sales conference, Little Century by Anna Keesey.

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