There’s nothing like a good nonfiction book to lift the veil on unfamiliar worlds. This week our staffers are getting enlightened about Elvis Presley, marathon running and what really goes on behind the scenes in hotels. Got a book that’s taught you something fascinating lately? Let us know below!
Amber Sexton, Photo Editor
Her pick: Last Train to Memphis by Peter Guralnick
I m not even the biggest Elvis fan, but this bio is beautifully written in a style that makes you feel like you personally know him. You also start to understand how R&B and country artists mingled with visionary producers to create rock ‘n roll.
Donnamarie Barnes, Photo Editor
Her pick: Dandelion Growing Wild by Kim Jones
A former US marathon champ, Jones grew up in the Pacific Northwest in a family plagued by dysfunction, poverty and mental illness. Her memoir of survival and triumph is told with humor and inspiration. You don’t have to be a runner to love it.
Rennie Dyball, News Editor
Her Pick: Heads in Beds by Jacob Tomsky
Ever wanted to slip a twenty to a hotel staffer for an upgrade but felt too awkward or shy to do so? You won’t after reading this book. An amusing insider’s look at the hotel industry, written by a veteran of the biz, it shows you how to get the most for your money. And free mini bar goodies, too.
Check back every Thursday for another round of staff picks, and see more book reviews each week in PEOPLE magazine, on newsstands now. Plus, check out last week’s “classics worth cracking open” and more book club finds here.