From Our Shelf to Yours ...
Here's what our team is reading ....
August 22, 2014
Reporter Bob Moffitt says his tastes are very eclectic this month: Lemony Snicket and the Ersatz Elevator, Robert the Rose Horse and Harold and the Purple Crayon. Can you tell he has small children? From the Member Services Department, Alison Appleyard-Gainer is reading A Young Man's Guide to Late Capitalism by Peter Mountford, and Jennifer Halm is reading A Place at the Table by Susan Rebecca White. From Insight, Jen Picard is working on Tiny Giants by Jason Sinclair Long, and Cody Drabble is reading Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. From the Newsroom, Marianne Russ checked in with The Goldfinch from Donna Tartt, while Environment Reporter Amy Quinton has two: Continental Drift by Russell Banks AND East of Eden ("I shouldn’t have to tell you who wrote that," she said). Al Gibes, Director of Digital Content, reports he is reading From Black Sox to Three-Peats, A Century of Chicago’s Best Sports Writing, edited by Ron Rapoport. Susan Damberger is enjoying Illuminata from Marianne Williamson. Afternoon Classical Host Cale Wiggins says he is working on Collected Works of Zbigniew Herbert. And from the front office, Rick Eytcheson is focused on The Death of Santini by Pat Conroy.
August 15, 2014
You know Jen Picard. She produces Insight. She reports Circus Girl & Other Stories, by local author Lois Ann Abraham, is an excellent collection of short stories. Classical host Cale Wiggins workin on The Prague Cemetery by Umberto Eco. For CapRadioReads facilitator Vicki Lorini, it's & Sons by David Gilbert. And from the Member Services Dept, Patti Stoltz is reading Taking Tennessee to Hart by Joe Stockdale.
August 7, 2014
CPR head honcho Rick Eytcheson is reading One Summer...1927 by Bill Bryson. Host Donna Apidone is raving about The Promise of a Pencil by Adam Braun. Morning classical dude Kent Teeters is working on Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brian. Catherine Stifter, who produces The View From Here series, is reading Strength in What Remains by Tracy Kidder. For Paul Adams, it's The Way of the Seal by Mark Devine AND Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Mark McKeown. Susan D is on the fourth step of Alcoholics Anonymous 12 Step Study Guide. Nick Brunner is reading Eats, Shoots and Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynne Truss. State Govt Reporter Katie Orr is reading The Boys in the Boat (about the 1936 US Olympic rowing team) by Daniel James Brown.
Exec Asst Susan Damberger is reading The Spirituality of Imperfection by Kurtz/Ketcham. Catherine Stifter, producer of The View From Here series, is reading The Patron Saint of Liars by Ann Patchett. Jennifer Halm, Director of Member Services, has been flying through The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd. Cody Drabble (News and Insight) is enjoying Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan. Robin and his book were featured in our first CapRadio Reads event, and the audio is on this webpage.
July 25, 2014
Rick Eytcheson is working on Money Blood and Revolution by George Cooper. Did you hear Tony LaRussa on NPR this morning? Ben Adler is reading his book, One Last Strike. Alison Appleyard-Gainer (Member Services) has been reading Mission to Paris by Alan Furst. Patti Stoltz (Member Services) is working on Learn Chess by John Nunn. And from the newsroom, Senior Editor Alan Ray found a fish book -- The Zen of Fish: The Story of Sushi, from Samurai to Supermarket by Trevor Corson.
July 3, 2014
Let's get the party started. Classical Host Kent Teeters has picked With Lawrence in Arabia (1924) by Lowell Thomas. Another Classical host, Luke Reinhart, is ready for Blood Line by James Rollins. Production and Recording Master Mark Jones also likes James Rollins and is reading The Kill Switch. Susan Damberger selected The Kybalion by The Three Initiates. From Underwriting, Tara Brennan is working on Firestarter Sessions by Danielle LaPorte. In the Development Department, Sarah Hoover is reading Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. And Vicki Lorini, from the CapRadio Reads team, is settled in with the not-yet-released The Children Act by Ian McEwan.
June 27, 2014
This weekend (when not at the record sale), Marketing Maven Constance Crawford will be reading The Circle by Dave Eggars. Catherine Stifter, who produces our documentary series, The View From Here, has selected Aging as a Spiritual Practice by Lewis Richmond in audiobook form. Foodie Elaine Corn says she is eating up The Humbling by Philip Roth. Operations Director Evan Matsler has designs on Murder on Bamboo Lane (An Officer Ellie Rush Mystery) by Naomi Hirahara. For Member Services Guru Jennifer Halm, it's The Postmistress by Sarah Blake. CFO Extraordinaire Jun Reina is counting on A Splendid Exchange by William Bernstein to balance his weekend. News & Info Director Joe Barr will read The Stories of John Cheever John Cheever. Director of Development Arla Gibson has Mary Coin by Marisa Silver waiting for her. Insight/News contributor Cody Drabble will be chillin' with Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem. From the Underwriting Dept, Lisa Cooper has Outlander, by Diana Gabaldon (binge reading before series begins). This just in from the newsroom: Jenny O'Mara is reading Red Mist by Patricia Cornwell.
DEVIN YAMANAKA (Afternoon News Host) IS READING ...
June 25, 2014
Naturally, one of my favorite books came from listening to the radio. Fresh Air’s Terry Gross interviewed former FBI agent Robert K. Wittman about his book Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World's Stolen Treasures, and I was riveted. Wittman explains the histories of the stolen art and antiquities, giving value to the works beyond the dollars we usually hear about. His recounting of how he personally recovered these works minces no words and is without melodrama. I credit/blame Wittman for my interest in art crime, and I compare all other art-crime books to his as the standard.
JENNY O'MARA RECOMMENDS ...
Hungry is a different twist on the chef’s memoir. Author Darlene Barnes recounts her experiences as a fraternity house cook in Washington. Who knew fraternities employed cooks? Her story about the frustrations and joys on the job and her efforts to bring local, organic food to the house is a fun read.
I love New Year’s resolutions. A fresh start toward a “new me” is invigorating. For an ambitious take on the practice, check out Gretchen Rubin’s books, The Happiness Project and Happier at Home. She describes tasks she undertook each month to improve her home, marriage, relationships and herself. Good ideas for next year…
If you, too, love coming-of-age tales, consider Catherine Gilbert Murdock’s Dairy Queen trilogy. The stories highlight the pressures faced by a teen girl who is a gifted athlete. An appealing innocence runs throughout. The first in Murdock’s series is a finalist on NPR’s thought-provoking list of top teen novels. http://www.npr.org/2012/08/07/157795366/your-favorites-100-best-ever-teen-novels
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