Writers recommend: Reading across the lines
Do we read books by women and men differently? This was a hot topic in the literary world in 2013, one that raised a lot of questions without finding many answers. To bring us back together, we asked some of our favorite writers to recommend a book for us written by someone of the opposite gender — and were delighted by the results.
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Lynda Obst, author of "Sleepless in Hollywood: Tales from the New Abnormal in the Movie Business":
I read "Going Clear" (Knopf, $28.95) by Lawrence Wright in two days. Every time I drive by that huge spooky blue building on Fountain Avenue on my way home, I shudder. His vast investigative skills finally cracked the hard litigious shell around Scientology, which scared off scores of journalists before him. We now know how L. Ron Hubbard and his minions hold their followers hostage with bizarre beliefs. Wright never parodies these beliefs, but instead is fascinated by the power they hold.