Summer Reading From The Jerry Brown Collection

One of my favorite things about our campaign office is the mammoth bookshelves lined with literature from Jerry’s personal collection. Working late last Friday, Jerry took a quick break to peruse his library with Maggie and me.

As he lent us books to read (Noam Chomsky for Maggie, Gore Vidal for me, although he doesn’t necessarily agree with the views of either writer), he told us we should all be teachers to everyone around us. Look for opportunities to both mentor and be mentored, he said.

With that in mind, here are some of my own favorite picks from The Brown Collection:

  • The People’s History of the United States, By Howard Zinn. The classic volume that tells the story of our country from the perspective of America’s working, poor, and minority classes.
  • Memoirs of a Geisha, By Arthur Golden. My favorite book when I was a teenager; a compelling novel about a geisha working in Kyoto during World War II.
  • Labyrinths, By Jorge Luis Borges. A collection of fantastical tales by the famed Argentine writer.
  • Longitudes and Latitudes: Exploring the World Before and After September 11, By Thomas Friedman. Columns and observations from the New York Times columnist, providing a comprehensive album of his perspective during the years surrounding the tragedy.
  • The Maltese Falcon, By Dashiell Hammett. A vivid detective novel set in 1920s San Francisco.
  • The Unbearable Lightness of Being, By Milan Kundera. I’m currently rereading this philosophical Czech love story for the third time.

Got any of your own recommendations? Leave your comments below; there’s a good chance I can find the book within Jerry’s collection.


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