Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Hot Picks

Here's a look at what readers are reading during these challenging times...

Books explaining financial issues are becoming more popular during the current economic crisis--along with thrillers and cookbooks, Reuters reported.

Kathryn Popoff, Borders v-p for adult trade books, told Reuters: "People are really thirsting for knowledge and trying to understand what's happening out there and how we could have gotten to this point in the economy."Book buyers are also nabbing thrillers for escapes and cookbooks because more people are eating at home to save money, Reuters said.


ChicChick said...

Interesting~at first I wondered "Why cookbooks?" but it makes sense if more people are deciding to eat at home. We eat at home almost all the time anyway, so I have loads of cookbooks! :)

MaureenFleming said...

I am reading "The World is Flat" by Thomas Friedman. In it Bill Gates, Microsoft founder, argues to Friedman that the "ovarian lottery" has changed--as has the whole relationship between geography and talent. Thirty years ago, Gates said, if you had a choice between being born a genius on the outskirts of Bombay or Shanghai or being born an average person in Poughkeepsie, you would take Poughkeepsie, because your chances of thriving and living a decent life there, even with average talent, were much greater. But as the world has gone flat, Gates said, and so many people can now plug and play from anywhere, natural talent has started to trump geography. "Now," Gates said, "I would rather be a genius born in China than an average guy born in Poughkeepsie." Maureen Fleming former student of Ms. Punt's class.