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Favorites: Part One
Andrew Goldberg

Last year to celebrate the holidays we asked our co-workers what their favorite books were. This year we asked some of our favorite people from all around publishing. They were kind enough to take a few minutes in this busy holiday season to share with us. To thank them I am going to make it my goal to read all of their suggestions by next year. Throughout the week we will be sharing favorite books from our favorite people so be sure to check back for updates and let us know what your favorite books are in the comments!

Andrew Goldberg is the Managing Editor of Thesmokinggun.com.

While this has not been a banner year for me when it comes to the quantity of books I have made it through–I have read a few that are entertaining, funny, informative, and moving. By far the most useful book has been iPhone: The Missing Manual by David Pogue. But who wants to curl up with a users manual at night (especially if you don’t even have an iPhone)? The book I couldn’t stop reading was Listening Is an Act of Love: A Celebration of American Life from the StoryCorps Project by Dave Isay (full disclosure: he’s a friend). It’s for anyone who enjoys taking a peek into the lives of strangers. Compiled as part of an oral history project, it is funny and uplifting and sad (a lot to pack into one book) and culminates in first-hand accounts from 9-11 survivors. It’ll make you look at strangers on the subway a bit differently knowing that they have a story to tell. And it might make you do what I did–grab a parent or friend and make a recording to preserve your own history.

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