In the hustle and bustle of our work days, it’s easy to forget that your co-workers have lives outside of the office walls. What, you watch TV too!? I mean, it shouldn’t seem so unusual that we aren’t all strategizing and thinking about PR tactics 24 hours a day. But oddly enough, it’s easy to forget.
And so to find out more about the Cookerly crew – and in light of the gift-buying season – I polled the office to find out who’s reading what and which are the favorite books of Suite 510.
So here it is. A few of our favorites. Old and new. Solemn and silly. Fiction and non.
The Year of Magical Thinking
Her personal account of coping with grief following the death of her husband. Don’t be fooled, it’s actually uplifting and paints a beautiful image of her marriage. (Carol M.)
Complete Poems, 1904-1962
You’ll let go of the most basic of rules – even grammar. Plus, who else can get away with words like “puddle-wonderful” and “mud-luscious?” (Leslie)
Confessions of an Economic Hit Man
An insider’s look at how the private sector – especially government contractors – has worked with the U.S. government to invest in and (sometimes) exploit developing countries. (Matt)
East of Eden
Steinbeck’s efficient prose always makes for enjoyable reading, and this story of human morality is both compelling and shocking, asking as many questions as it answers. (Mike)
Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer
James L. Swanson
“It’s one of the best narratives I’ve ever read. I couldn’t put it down.” (Carol C.)
One Month to Live
Chris & Kerry Shook
An inspirational book that makes you think and will change your approach to life. (Debbie)
The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World
A combination of travel and the study of happiness. An interesting insight into how culture, political landscape and location influence our happiness. (Candace)
The Majic Bus: An American Odyssey
Not to be confused with The Magic School Bus (the children’s series about zany Ms. Frizzle and her field trips into the human body), The Majic Bus chronicles a real-life college professor’s quest to teach an American history class firsthand by taking his students on the road to some of our nation’s historical hotspots. (Sarah)
The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment
Powerful. A great book of knowledge. (Linda)
The Thirteenth Tale
A mystery involving siblings, a ghost, a fire and an unexpected twist at the end. (Suzy)
To Kill A Mockingbird
The storytelling is wonderful, the story is captivating and the characters are memorable. (Ada)
Valley of the Dolls
Glitz, glamour, drugs and drama circa 1945. The novel begins just after WWII and profiles three young rebellious and feisty women on their journey to fame and eventual self-destruction. (Amy)
Water for Elephants
It’s hard not to fall in love with Jacob Jankowski (at age 20 and age 90) or get caught up in the world of the 1930s traveling circus. (Lindsay)
Geeky? Maybe. Interesting? Always. Flip through the almanac for everything from the population of your home town, to the distance from Earth to Mars, to past NFL playoff results. (Chip)
Full disclosure: I really just wanted some suggestions for my own wish list, but in the spirit of the holidays, I’m sharing.