#THEPOOLREADS This week we're reading... 1 min #THEPOOLREADS This week we're reading... 1 min A witty and wise story by Kathleen Rooney, Bring up the bodies by Hilary Mantel and an intimate account of Obama’s White House by Alyssa Mastromonaco Added on 04.08.17 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest Email LinkedIn A witty and wise story by Kathleen Rooney, Bring up the bodies by Hilary Mantel and an intimate account of Obama’s White House by Alyssa Mastromonaco Anna James is reading… Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney This is such a treat of a book; a witty, wise and lovely read about an 84-year-old woman walking through New York on New Year's Eve 1984. As she wanders, she meets friends and strangers and reminisces about her life as the then-highest paid woman in advertising in the 30s, her now failed marriage, and her son. Rooney's writing is sparkly and wonderful, and I can't remember the last time I fell in love with a character as much as I fell for Lillian - I would have wandered with her for many pages more • BUY Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk on Amazon or pop into your local bookshop. Lauren Laverne is reading… Bring Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel I've been on a Hilary Mantel jag this month, inspired by her excellent turn as BBC Reith Lecturer 2017, and just polished off her second Cromwellian adventure Bring Up The Bodies. You might think politics 2017 is cut throat, but in Tudor times the phrase was literal. Mantel's rendering of Cromwell's life is so compelling you'll be desperate to find out how it ends, even if you already know • BUY Bring up the Bodies on Amazon or pop into your local bookshop. Sam Baker is listening to… Creativity Inc by Ed Catmull The latest in my obsession with books about little businesses that could, this tells the story of the growth of Pixar through false starts, u-turns, and ultimately success after success after success. The most heartening thing is that every box office smash started life as what Catmull, President and co-founder of Pixar, calls an “ugly baby” - Up was initially about two brothers who lived in a castle in the air, in Monsters Inc, Boo started out as a grown man (!), and, in Toy Story, Woody went through a phase of being tyrannical, entitled, egomaniac. Along the way Catmull dispenses eminently sensible, hard-won management lessons that don't feel at all preachy • BUY Creativity, Inc. on Amazon or pop into your local bookshop. Marisa Bate is reading… Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? By Alyssa Mastromonaco Imagine if your best mate worked for Obama. Imagine if she had her own office in The White House and flew on Air Force One. And imagine if she told you all the amazing, hilarious, incredible details of her job, and how she got there, over wine. This is the experience of reading Alyssa Mastromonaco, the former White House Deputy Chief of Staff's memoir. Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? is a candid account of an extraordinary career by an extraordinarily likeable woman. • BUY Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? on Amazon or pop into your local bookshop. Hannah Varrall is reading… New People by Danzy Senna This is a really engrossing, well-paced book about two mixed race 'New People', Maria and Khalil, who live in Brooklyn at the end of the 20th century. As well as focusing on issues of race and class, it examines love and lust, family, relationships... and it's darkly funny at the same time. I loved it • BUY New People on Amazon or pop into your local bookshop.