“What they’re reading” appears as an occasional series in MinnPost’s Book Club Club section. We’re asking well-known and not-so-well-known Minnesotans to tell us about the books they’re reading and recommending to others — and why.
Doug Grow, MinnPost journalist:
“Yogi Berra, Eternal Yankee” (I always wanted to grow up to be Yogi. But I couldn’t hit.) Also “Deep Survival,” for a small book group I’m in.
What am I recommending: “We’re Gonna Win Twins,” of course. [MinnPost note: Grow is the author.] Additionally, an incredible book called ‘Evolution of God.’ (It’s a little heavier than ‘We’re Gonna Win Twins’).”
Dave Beal, MinnPost business writer:
A couple of books I recently read — published late winter or early spring of this year and definitely among the best, if not the best, of the growing stack of financial meltdown books — are “The Big Short,” by Michael Lewis, and “The End of Wall Street,” by Roger Lowenstein.
Lewis, who used to work at Salomon Brothers, quit the Street to write about it — most famously in “Liar’s Poker.” In “The Big Short,” he takes us deep into the lives of the handful of short-sellers who bet against the housing market when it was still booming. In doing so, he tells a fair amount of the saga that led to the meltdown, largely by describing the subprime niche of the housing market. He is so good in doing this that you almost come to cheer the typically hated short-sellers, who won big because they had the good sense to see through the prevailing belief that housing prices would never fall. For most of this spring, “The Big Short” has topped the NYT’s best-seller list.
I’m about to read Jim Lehrer’s latest novel, “Super,” which is a thriller, in the tradition of “Murder on the Orient Express,” about bad things happening on the Santa Fe’s Chicago-to-L.A. Super Chief back in the train’s glory days.