I love when that happens, especially when it isn’t intentional. And it’s been happening to me over the past week with the book I just finished, and the one I just started.
I’m a bit of a political junkie, althought, admittedly, an odd one. I don’t always know who is who, (as evidenced in a recent job interview when I was grilled point-blank – and blanked – on the names of my elected officials) and I’m not always as articulate as I’d like to be on the issues.
But I love watching the players play the game, the drama and the scandals, the analysis and the punditry. And I like reading about political goings-on too, especially current events.
I spent most of the past week or so reading Anne Kornblut’s absolutely fascinating, insightful, and incredibly well-researched Notes from the Cracked Ceiling: Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin, and What It Will Take for a Woman to Win. If you (like me) are participating in the Women Unbound reading challenge, this is very worthy of your consideration. Trust me on this.
Even if you’re not participating in Women Unbound, it’s a must-read for anyone who cares about women’s issues, politics, and where our country is headed in terms of the prospect of a woman President. (After reading Notes, I’m not sure I will see this in my lifetime – although I certainly hope I am wrong about that.)
Of course, as these things go, just as I was ready to start Notes the library notified me that David Plouffe’s book, The Audacity to Win was available. I have been dying to read this and wasn’t expecting my number to come up so quickly. (I think I was 30-something.) I rushed over to get it before the third blizzard this month, and it has been on my coffee table for about two weeks now. (I needed to read Notes first because now it can’t be renewed, since someone else is waiting. Arrgh!)
Since both books deal with the 2008 Presidential election, obviously there’s going to be some overlap. And that is a good thing, I think. While reading Notes, I’ve been making a few of my own while wondering about how the same incident or strategy will be viewed by Plouffe in Audacity. I also have Game Change on hold, so my reading will be a political threesome.
I think this is kind of cool when one book sort of plays off one another. It’s my idea of fun and relaxation. Sounds strange to non-bookish types, but I’m betting some of you get it.
So, what books have you read lately that have had this kind of symbiosis with one another, either intentionally or not intentionally?
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