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Thursday, May 2, 2013

What are "People" reading?

People: There's nothing like a good nonfiction book to lift the veil on unfamiliar worlds.

Last Train to Memphis by Peter Guralnick
I’m not even the biggest Elvis fan, but this bio is beautifully written in a style that makes you feel like you personally know him. You also start to understand how R&B and country artists mingled with visionary producers to create rock 'n roll.

Dandelion Growing Wild by Kim Jones
A former US marathon champ, Jones grew up in the Pacific Northwest in a family plagued by dysfunction, poverty and mental illness. Her memoir of survival and triumph is told with humor and inspiration. You don't have to be a runner to love it.

Heads in Beds by Jacob Tomsky
Ever wanted to slip a twenty to a hotel staffer for an upgrade but felt too awkward or shy to do so? You won't after reading this book. An amusing insider's look at the hotel industry, written by a veteran of the biz, it shows you how to get the most for your money. And free mini bar goodies, too.

The best Young Adult fiction has plenty for grownups to love, from no-holds-barred romantic passions to page-turning plots (only some of which feature vampires). See below for a few that have us in thrall – and let us know what you're reading!

Just One Day by Gayle Forman
This novel about good girl Allyson's impulsive decision to spend a day in Paris with a cute actor she's just met makes me wistful for the college summer I spent backpacking through Europe. But then I remember how my shoulders felt lugging that pack around…and I surrender to the voyeuristic pleasure of Allyson's story about how travel can transform us.

Divergent by Veronica Roth
I loved the Hunger Games series, so I'm reading Veronica Roth's books about teens in post-apocalyptic Chicago. It's a cool concept and there's lots of action. Plus there's going to be a movie starring Shailene Woodley – and Theo James was just cast as her love interest!

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