Stephan Lee
July 19, 2013 AT 04:00 AM EDT

What books are you recommending?
Kate Christensen’s Blue Plate Special — it’s one of the loveliest memoirs I’ve read in a while. And if you want an awesome summer read, Brilliance by Marcus Sakey will make you happy from start to finish.

What’s a book you wish you’d written?
That’s easy: Life After Life by Kate Atkinson. She does bald humanity better than anyone else. You weep on one page and giggle like crazy on the next, and you think, ”Only one person could have written that book.” But I would have liked to be that one person!

And what was the last book you bought?
Sybil Exposed by Debbie Nathan. It’s about a particular breed of female hysteria, mythmaking, media manipulation… All my sweet spots!

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