LAist Recommends: Editors Pick Their Favorite Books of the Year
It was a great year of new books, re-discovered books, and books we meant to get to last year but didn't. The end of the year is nearly here and before we look forward, we'll take a look back. LAist Editors share their favorite book they read this year:
Who: Zach Behrens, Editor
What: The Four-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris
Why: Inspiring words on how to improve workflow, automate tasks, and get more shit done. It's especially exciting to look at what Ferriss teaches here when relating it to a city government and how it can improve services on a lean budget for the people.
Who: Lindsay Willam-Ross, Co-Editor
What: The United States of Arugula by David Kamp
Why: Satisfied my "foodie" craving for words about how the way we eat has been changed by things like celebrity chefs, farmer's markets, food on television, ingredient sources, globalization, gourmet grocery stores, and dining out as an art form. Fascinating & delicious!
Who: Carolyn Kellogg, Editor-at-Large
What: The Keep by Jennifer Egan
Why: The two threads weave together with ruminations on power and betrayal and ghosts and guilt. And dark, dark caves.
Who: Sloane Berrent, Lifestyle Editor
What: Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Why: Great storytelling and description of her travels for a year through Italy, India and Indonesia.
Who: Adam Rose, Sports Editor
What: I Am America...And You Can Too! by Stephen Colbert
Why: I highly recommend the audiobook for any mind-numbing road trip.
Who: Callie Miller, Books Editor
What: Remainder by Tom McCarthy
Why: A fascinating tale of a man who becomes obsessed with re-creating, down to the most minute detail, elaborate events that have just happened to him. A hilarious, yet creepy lesson of a control-freak gone mad.
Who: Elise Thompson, Special Projects Editor
What: Let's Spend the Night Together by Pamela des Barres
Why: Everything you ever wanted to know and a few things you wish you didn't about backstage and the sex lives of rock stars. (Read Elise's interview with Pamela.)