Society Reads: What is Everybody Reading and Why?

    We asked some of our favorite bookworms: What are you reading and why?

    Alex De Leon

    Alex De Leon

    THE READER: ALEX DE LEON
    WHAT HE IS READING: Losing the Signal: The Untold Story Behind the Extraordinary Rise and Spectacular Fall of Blackberry (by Jacquie McNish & Sean Silcoff) and Anthony Bourdain: A Cook’s Tour (by Anthony Bourdain)
    WHY HE’S READING IT:Losing the Signal reads like an Aaron Sorkin drama complete with compelling characters and hubris. It’s a great reminder about how important it is to always innovate. (On Anthony Bourdain: A Cook’s Tour): I read Kitchen Confidential several years ago and loved the small vignettes [Anthony Bourdain] told stories in. This book is a follow up, post-becoming famous, where he searches for the “perfect” meal (if such thing exists). His search includes revisiting childhood favorites, street food and haute cuisine. It has forced me to think a lot about how our most memorable meals sometimes aren’t even about food at all, but the people we shared them with.”

    Junjun Ablaza

    Jun Jun Ablaza

    THE READER: JUN JUN ABLAZA
    WHAT HE IS READING: Art and Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking (by David Bayles & Ted Orland)
    WHY HE’S READING IT: “The writers explore the human need for acceptance, fear of failure, communication sensibilities between your work and yourself versus your work and the outside world. What I love about this book is that is uses art to talk about life. Specifically, it uses art and fear to talk about how our choices to have courage or not drives the degree of light you will manifest in your own life.”

    Marion Branellec

    Marion Branellec

    THE READER: MARION BRANELLEC
    WHAT SHE IS READING: The Success Principles (by Jack Canfield) and Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina (by Misty Copeland)
    WHY SHE’S READING IT: “I like reading books that can help me grow and improve and that can transport me to another world.”

    Rosenthal Tee

    Rosenthal Tee

    THE READER: ROSENTHAL TEE
    WHAT SHE IS READING: Madeleine Vionnet (by Betty Kirke)
    WHY SHE’S READING IT: “I’ve actually had this massive book for a long time already but I go back to it because it helps me sort of refresh myself stylistically whenever I feel drained as a designer and find myself wanting to relax and incorporate new elements into my work.”

    Z Teo

    Z Teo

    THE READER: Z TEO
    WHAT HE IS READING: Bringing Up Girls (by Dr. James Dobson)
    WHY HE’S READING IT: “I have a 5-year-old girl and in this complicated world, I need all the best advice to help me bring my daughter up with the right Christian values to help her navigate through life. Dr. James Dobson, being both doctor and a Christian, is someone I feel I can learn a lot from.”

    By Chino R. Hernandez

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