You are what you read. In that spirit, AOL Jobs will feature books recommended by our staff and contributors each day for the next week or so. As the year winds down, consider one of these reads to savor in your down time or give to a reader in your life.
Reading is one of my favorite pastimes. As a child, I was a bookworm with a particular affinity for the Nancy Drew sleuth series and attribute my passion for travel and exploration to the worlds I was exposed to through books.
Three of my favorites:
By Katharine Graham
I read this rich volume after pursuing a career in journalism and enjoyed the behind-the-scenes tales of the Washington Post newsroom and decision-making as related by Katharine Graham, who became prominent as publisher during the Watergate era. It is fascinating to see the evolution of Graham from a privileged young woman and shy wife to the top position of one of the nation's most powerful newspapers. Graham is forthcoming about her insecurities when she assumed the role after her troubled husband's suicide and tells how she grew into the role and found her voice while on the job. The autobiography went on to win a 1998 Pulitzer Prize.
Bird by Bird
by Anne Lamott
For the writers in your life, Anne Lamott's treatise on the process of writing delivers the promised Instructions on Writing and Life. The title comes from her father, author Kenneth Lamott, who once instructed her brother to complete what seemed like an overwhelming homework assignment on birds by tackling it bird by bird. Lamott conveys her love of language with liberal doses of humor and liberal politics. My dog-eared copy has been read and re-read and was signed by Lamott at a reading in New York City.
The Kingdom By The Sea: A Journey Around Great Britain
By Paul Theroux
Travel writer Paul Theroux set out to chronicle the state of '80s era Great Britain by traveling along the coastal perimeter and telling the stories of what he saw and who he met along the way. The result will satisfy the most demanding armchair traveler.
What are some of your favorite reads? Please share in the comments below.