Find Out What Books POGO Staffers Are Reading This Summer

July 23rd, 2012

Photography, surfing, and playing poker are some hobbies of the POGO team, but one pastime that many of us share is reading! In contrast to the more serious and issues-focused summer reading list, some of POGO’s team members were able to sit down with the water cooler and discuss their summer literary adventures.

Abby Evans (POGO Donor Relations Manager) is reading A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

Abby’s rating: 4/5 stars

Why did you read this book?
I decided to read Confederacy of Dunces because it’s a well-known book that has been on my to-read list since I was in high school. The book was published posthumously, and was published because the author’s mother believed enough in the work to make it happen. When the book was finally published, 11 years after the author’s death, it won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1981. I find the story behind the publication of the actual book incredibly compelling.

What was your favorite part about the book?
The characters were written very well, but I can’t answer that question because I haven’t finished the book yet.

Many films are based off of books, who could you see as the lead role of A Confederacy of Dunces?
A younger John C. Reiley as the main character and Kathy Bates as the mother

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Andrea Acosta (POGO Intern) read the Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

Andrea’s rating: 5/5 stars

Why did you read this book?
It was suggested by an English professor.

What was your favorite about the book?
The combination of cynical, sarcastic, and humorous voice along with the book’s emotional depth.

Many films are based off of books, who could you see as the lead roles of the Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao?
Eva Mendes
as the mother, Belita Moreno as the grandmother, and an older Rico Rodriguez as Oscar Wao.

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Dana Liebelson (POGO’s Beth Daley Impact Fellow) read The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

Dana’s rating: 4/5 stars

Why did you read this book?
We work really close to Barnes & Noble, and I scour the bookshelves after work.

What was your favorite part of the book?
I really like her writing style; it’s ornate without being pretentious.

What is your least favorite book?
The Red Pony by John Steinbeck, it should have ended when the pony died.

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Mary Peng (POGO Intern) read Outliers by Malcom Gladwell

Mary’s rating: 4/5 stars

Why did you read this book?
A friend recommended it and I needed a book to read on my airplane trip.

What was your favorite part about the book?
The book used different anecdotes and gave readers a unique perspective on how success is achieved.

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Chris Pabon (POGO Director of Development) is reading Bond Girl by Erin Duffy

Chris’ rating: 4/5 stars

Why did you read this book?
Because I read a positive review about it in Entertainment Weekly.

What was your favorite part of the book?
During one part of the book, the main character was not eligible for a Christmas bonus from her company. Her team members pull money together and give her a bonus for the holidays.

Many films are based off of books, who could you see as the lead role of Bond Girl?
It would be either Anne Hathaway or Emma Stone.

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Neil Gordon (POGO Investigator) read The Great Santini by Pat Conroy

Neil’s rating: 4/5 stars (But I give the movie 4.5/5 stars)

Why did you read this book?
Because I saw the movie and wanted to see how the book compared.

What was your favorite part of the book?
Since I already saw the movie, the entire time I was reading the book I was picturing Robert Duvall as the main character.

Photography, surfing, and playing poker are some hobbies of the POGO team, but one pastime that many of us share is reading! In contrast to the more serious and issues-focused summer reading list, some of POGO’s team members were able to sit down with the water cooler and discuss their summer literary adventures.

Abby Evans (POGO Development Associate) is reading A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

Abby’s rating: 4/5 stars

Why did you read this book?

I decided to read Confederacy of Dunces because it’s a well-known book that has been on my to-read list since I was in high school. The book was published posthumously, and was published because the author’s mother believed enough in the work to make it happen. This is the only book written John Kennedy Toole because he committed suicide at the age of 31. When the book was finally published, 11 years after the author’s death, it won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1981. I find the story behind the publication of the actual book incredibly compelling.

What was your favorite part about the book?

The Characters were written very well but I can’t answer that question because I haven’t finished the book yet.

Many films are based off of books, who could you see as the lead role of A Confederacy of Dunces?

A younger John C. Reiley as the main character and Kathy Bates as the mother

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Andrea Acosta (POGO Intern) read the Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

Andrea’s rating: 5/5 stars

Why did you read this book?

It was suggested by an English Professor

What was your favorite about the book?

The combination of cynical, sarcastic, and humorous voice along with the book’s emotional depth

Many films are based off of books, who could you see as the lead roles of the Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao?

Eva Mendes as the mother, Belita Moreno (The actress who played the grandmother in George Lopez) as the grandmother, and an older Rico Rodriguez (The actor who plays Manny on Modern Family) as Oscar Wao.

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Dana Liebelson (POGO’s Beth Daley Impact Fellow) read The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

Dana’s rating: 4/5 stars

Why did you read this book?

We work really close to Barnes and Noble and I scour the bookshelves after work.

What was your favorite part of the book?

I really like her writing style; it’s ornate without being pretentious.

What is your least favorite book?

The Red Pony by John Steinbeck, it should have ended when the pony died

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Mary Peng (POGO Intern) read Outliers by Malcom Gladwell

Mary’s rating: 4/5 stars

Why did you read this book?

A friend recommended it and I needed a book to read on my airplane trip.

What was your favorite part about the book?

The book used different anecdotes and gave readers a unique perspective on how success is achieved

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Chris Pabon (POGO Director of Development) is reading Bond Girl by Erin Duffy

Chris’ rating: 4/5 stars

Why did you read this book?

Because I read a positive review about it in Entertainment Weekly

What was your favorite part of the book?

During one part of the book, the main character was not eligible for a Christmas bonus from her company. Her team members pull money together and give her a bonus for the holidays.

Many films are based off of books, who could you see as the lead role of Bond Girl?

It would be either Anne Hathaway or Emma Stone

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Neil Gordon (POGO Investigator) read The Great Santini by Pat Conroy

Neil’s rating: 4/5 stars (But I give the movie 4.5/5 stars)

Why did you read this book?

Because I saw the movie and wanted to see how the book compared

What was your favorite part of the book?

Since I already saw the movie, the entire time I was reading the book I was picturing Robert Duvall as the main character.

POGO Book Club

December 18th, 2008

POGO works tirelessly (mostly) to oversee the federal government.  And after spending our time at work reading reports and articles about oversight, at night, we curl up with a cup of tea and read…BOOKS on oversight.  Knowing that our readers and the people on their holiday shopping list do the same, we (of course) have a few book recommendations–in no particular order–for that very special watchdog on your list:

For the friend that is either completely shocked about the state of our economy, or the friend that saw it coming all along: Fooling Some of the People All of the Time by David Einhorn (disclosure: the book release party for this one provided another example of POGO working, uh, less than tirelessly.  And David is also giving some of the royalties to POGO). 
For the person suspicious or fascinated by Vice President Dick Cheney: Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency by Barton Gellman. 
For the friend that is still upset about security contractors in Iraq: Shadow Force: Private Security Contractors in Iraq by David Isenberg. 
For the person crying for more oversight in the War On Terror: The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned Into a War on American Ideals by Jane Mayer. 
For the friend who worries that contractors our putting American troops in jeopardy: Betraying Our Troops: The Destructive Results of Privatizing War written by POGO-founder and current Board member Dina Rasor and Robert Bauman. 
For the person that can’t get enough of lobbying scandals: Turkmeniscam: How Washington Lobbyists Fought to Flack for a Stalinist Dictatorship by Ken Silverstein (blogger’s note: extra points for ‘tude in the title). 
For the friend worried about the whole Department of Defense, from the weapons to the personnel: America’s Defense Meltdown, edited by Winslow Wheeler and prepared by the Center for Defense Information’s Straus Military Reform Project.

 

— Mandy Smithberger