Whether you’re by the pool, in a hammock or at the beach, summer is a great time for reading. In the interest of passing along some great tips, we asked four of Hartman Simons’ most avid readers which books they’re currently plowing through and if they would recommend those books to others. Here’s what they had to say.
“Right now, I’m reading 'Steve Jobs' by Walter Isaacson. Fantastic book about … wait for it … Steve Jobs.
I’d very much recommend it. It’s one of the best biographies I’ve ever read. Jobs was an extremely colorful, non-establishment guy who was wildly successful by the establishment’s standards.”
“My last book was 'The Art of Racing in the Rain,' which I read after our beloved family dog passed. Many people recommended the book for dealing with that situation, and it was phenomenal.”
“I’m currently reading David Baldacci’s latest paperback, 'Zero Day.' Baldacci, believe it or not, is a former real estate lawyer – he practiced briefly with the Washington D.C. firm that merged into Holland & Knight in the early 90s. I like his writing so much I used to read some of his old leases while I was at H&K – even his condemnation clauses were page-turners.”
"I am in the middle of a couple of things. With my commute being about 30 minutes, I usually listen to a book on CD on the way to and from work. Typically I go with lighter fare on audio with a strong plotline so I don’t lose the thread while in Atlanta traffic. Right now I am listening to John Kellerman’s mystery novel 'Victims' and recently listened to Lian Hearn’s 'Across the Nightingale Floor.'
On the nightstand I have a couple of things, too. I just finished 'Two Rings: A Story of Love and War' by Millie Werber, which I reviewed as a member of the author selection committee for the Atlanta Jewish Book Festival coming up in November. It’s a true story about a Holocaust survivor and her first love, who didn’t make it through the war. I also plan to read 'I Am Forbidden' by Anouk Markovits, which is a potential fiction selection for the book festival.
With my love of comics and comic art, I am excited about the new book on Georgia artist extraordinaire Jack Davis, called 'Jack Davis: Drawing American Pop Culture.' Jack is really an American treasure, and I am excited to see this compilation of his work from his early days with Mad Magazine to covers for Time, Sports Illustrated and TV Guide, and a host of his other work, including iconic images of the Georgia Bulldog."