What Elizabeth Gilbert Reads Before Bed (Plus Other Picks)
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Rome, by Robert Hughes. Though I'm finding it challenging to read about Rome without immediately wanting to run away to Rome.
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Right now I'm reading a book called Incognito, by David Eagleman, about the human brain. I've always been interested in psychology, so learning about the things that influence our thinking is really important for me. In bodybuilding, I was known for psyching out my opponents with mind tricks. I wish I had had this book then because the stuff I was doing was Mickey Mouse compared with what's in this book.
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Everything I'm reading right now is homework of one sort or another. That's pretty typical. I'm jumping around like a grad student, writing a paper on Mary Lethert Wingerd's history, North Country: The Making of Minnesota, for this big story we're doing on the show about the Dakota Uprising of 1862.
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The Summer of 1787, by David O. Stewart. As I grow older, I am increasingly fascinated by our founding fathers—the challenges they faced, and the compromises they made, good and bad, to create a nation, have inspired us and people around the world. I wish today's political leaders, especially in Washington, would show such courage and willingness to fight for what they believe in, while also possessing an understanding of the need to compromise in order to solve the nation's problems. They all need to go off and read 1787.
Excerpted from By the Book by Pamela Paul, published October 28, 2014 by HenryHolt and Company, LLC. Copyright © 2014 by The New York Times Company. All rights reserved.