POGO Summer Reading List

Looking for some reading material to accompany you on an August vacation? Why not consider some of the titles on the POGO summer reading list?

Believe it or not, POGO-nauts occasionally find time for literature outside the usual IG and GAO reports.  Here’s a look at what certain POGO staffers are reading (along with a description of the book in staffers’ own words):

Danni Downing, Editor:
Lindbergh, by A. Scott Berg
An in-depth biography of Charles Lindbergh. It’s a long book, but is fascinating and well-written.

Mandy Smithberger, Investigator:
Finally trucking through the Sonora Review. There’s a short story about a woman dealing with a guy who wants to live in a suitcase.

Adam Zagorin, Journalist in Residence:
The Girl Who Played with Fire / Flickan som lekte med elden, by Stieg Larson
Translated from Swedish—free-ranging crime saga set in Scandinavia.

Chris Pabon, Director of Development:
Currently reading the New Krypton Series by Geoff Johns — a story of what happens when a man of two worlds is forced to choose one, and do what he can to prevent instigators from both sides hell bent on harming each other.

Neil Gordon, Investigator:
The Humbling, by Philip Roth
A short novel (150 pages) about an aging actor who is going through a personal crisis because he has lost his chops. Roth’s recent books all deal with the ugly side of getting old. It’s kind of depressing, but they’re all great reads nonetheless.

New York, by Edward Rutherfurd
A massive novel (800 pages) that traces the history of several New York families from the 1600s to today. Lots of real history is interwoven throughout the story.

Abby Evans, Development Associate:
Vanishing Point: Not A Memoir, by Ander Monson
A collection of essays that serve as a meditation and exploration of the self that question and play with the definition of memoir.

Pam Rutter, Web Manager:
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, by Stieg Larsson
Just started so still too early to tell what’s going on!

Angela Canterbury, Director of Public Policy:
Just picked up Little Bee (Chris Cleave), but don’t expect to read it until I hit the beach after recess.

Danielle Brian, Executive Director:
Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger
I’m only in the beginning so can’t tell you what it’s about yet. But it’s the first selection in my new book club of Alex, Emma and me. On a fun note—there was a passing reference to the women “looking like Smith women”—wondering what he meant by that!

Bryan Rahija, Blog Editor:
How We Decide, by Jonah Lehrer
A fun survey of the science behind human decision-making.

See also:  Read ‘em and Weep

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2 Responses to “POGO Summer Reading List”

  1. Laurenon 05 Aug 2010 at 10:10 am

    I’m reading A Separate Peace with a student, never had to read it in school for some reason. So far, makes me want to watch the leaves change in New England. : )

  2. C.Yeeon 10 Nov 2010 at 8:50 am

    @Bryan — Should the words “fun” and “survey” ever be used in the same sentence, much less next to each other? Throw in the word “science”. . .

    Charlotte – (of same mind)

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