Spring Reading

Spring is in the air and that means the perfect weather to sit in the shade and dive into a great book. If you’re looking for the perfect story to read underneath the cherry blossoms, how about one from the POGO spring reading list? We asked POGO staffers what they’re currently reading and in return got a great variety of some ideal spring time books.

Pam Rutter, Web Manager: Dragonfly In Amber by Diana Gabaldon, it is second in her Outlander series.  Can’t put it down…18th century Scotland, highlander adventures, Scottish clans, lots of kilts and a time traveler!

Neil Gordon, Investigator: Tales from the 5th Street Gym: Ali, the Dundees, and Miami‘s Golden Age of Boxing by Ferdie Pacheco. Accounts of the legendary 5th Street Gym in Miami Beach, where many world-class boxers, most notably Muhammad Ali, used to train. Fight doctor Ferdie Pacheco, Ali trainer Angelo Dundee and others who were there during the gym’s existence from the 1950’s through the 1980’s share their stories.

Chris Pabon, Director of Development: Final Crisis Legion of 3 Worlds by Geoff Johns. Its a tale of how endings can turn out to be new beginnings. And past mistakes can in the end be redeemed.

Angela Canterbury, Director of Public Policy: Who needs books when you can read bills, letters, and reports stranger than fiction!

Danielle Brian, Executive Director: I’m reading The Help by Kathryn Stockett and Prague Golem: Jewish Stories of the Ghetto.

Paul Thacker, Investigator: I usually read multiple books at the same time.  I know; it’s weird. The Last Good Kiss, by James Crumley – just a great book.  You can understand why Crumley had such a large influence on other writers.  Would recommend it to anyone. City of Bones, by Michael Connelly – another in the series about LAPD homicide detective, Harry Bosch.  Let me guess.  He gets the girl, loses the girl and solves the city’s biggest crime by ignoring his superiors, breaking every rule, and following his internal moral compass?  Even though I know this is how it’s gonna end, it’s still great reading.On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society, by David Grossman – an historical and sociological exploration of how the military trains young men to commit taboo.

Nick Schwellenbach, Director of Investigations: The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson. Original Meanings: Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution by Jack Rakove. Fighting Power: German and U.S. Army Performance, 1939-1945 by Martin van Creveld.

Danni Downing, Editor: Black and Blue, by Ian Rankin: Two teens are killed at a private school by a Scottish Army vet who then kills himself. Detective Rebus investigates to find out why.

Joe Newman, Director of Communications: Griftopia by Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone. I like what I’ve read so far. Taibbi looks at Wall Street’s crimes and misdemeanors and wonders pointedly why no one is in jail?

Bryan Rahija, Blog Editor: Homicidal Psycho Jungle Cat, by Bill Watterson.
Revisiting an old classic.

Rebecca Rotenberg, Intern: The Information, by James Gleick. Basically it is about everything and how everything is taught and communciated in our world today. Kind of a weird read at first, but tough to put down as you get deeper into understanding the message Gleick is trying to get across.

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