Recommended recreational reading

Now that you're an expert at managing those must-reads, you'll have plenty of time for your want-to-read list. Here are some recommended titles.

Patrick Suskind's perfume: The story of a murderer "was a real attention-grabber. It was about a place in time and characters like I've never come across." - Kalman Ruttenstein

“Three of my favorite books of all time: Patriarchs and Prophets by E.G. White, God and the new Physics by Paul Davies, and the world almanac and book of facts (for all the information and trivia in one compact volume). Okay, these may not be my favorite three books, but they have provided me with a great deal of inspiration and/or information relevant to life and a plausibly accurate depiction of reality and the nature of the universe.” — W. Sherman Rogers

Frank McCourt’s Angela’s Ashes, for “the humanity of it and the way he would draw the characters realistically but nonjudgmentally.” — Nanette Brown

John Grisham’s The Last Juror “was a lot of fun. I think it would make a boring movie — it’s not shoot ’em up, but it’s a [good] character study.” — Luis Estevez

The Piano Tuner, by Daniel Mason, “has some of the most visual writing. It made me feel like I've been [where the novel takes place].” — Cynthia Park

“The central character in Robert A. Heinlein’s Time Enough for Love is essentially immortal. He’s lived for thousands of years, and, because of his age, he’s grown wiser. That’s a concept that’s always intrigued me.” — John Buchanan

“Better than any self-help or management book, Barbara Ehrenreich’s Nickel and Dimed is a powerful reminder to treat all people — whether waitress, employee, or family member — with respect and dignity.” — Patrick Kowalczyk