Pigeon in a Crosswalk

When Jack Gray turned down a producing job for Glenn Beck in favor of Anderson Cooper 360°, he was inadvertently deciding what kind of book he’d eventually write. He chose wisely. In this slight but addictive collection of funny essays, Pigeon in a Crosswalk, Gray chronicles his journey from a local news station in Boston to CNN greenrooms, gleefully dropping names from Hollywood and D.C. along the way. Even amid the celebrity dish, Gray emerges as the most compelling character throughout. Whether he’s talking about doughnut binges with Kathy Griffin, giggle attacks at Anderson Cooper’s vacation home, a run-in with the ”self-important and difficult” Barney Frank, or the many virtues of The Golden Girls, Gray’s insight and snarky, self-effacing humor make him someone you’d want at any dinner party. B+