This weekend our staffers are losing themselves in nonfiction that opens up new worlds

September 05, 2013 05:15 PM

What would it be like to live in 1920s Paris? Work on an oyster farm? Be Orson Welles?

This weekend our staffers are losing themselves in nonfiction that opens up new worlds.

Let us know what you think of our choices – and what you’re reading.

Sydney Berger, Intern
Her Pick: A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

As an aspiring writer who recently spent time in Paris, I’ve become enamored with all books related to the City of Light. Allow yourself to fantasize with this classic memoir of Hemingway’s days as a young expatriate writer living on Rue du Cardinal Lemoine in the 1920s. “If you’re lucky enough to have lived in Paris ” he writes. You’ll wish you could go back in time and join him.

Leslie Baldwin, Account Manager
Her Pick: Shucked by Erin Byers Murray

It s the true story of a lifestyle editor in Boston who realizes she wants to explore her passion for food, so she gets a job working as an oyster farmer for a year. The book gives you amazing insights into the hard work that goes into sustainable ocean farming. It also makes you reconsider what you do every day and wonder if you’d ever take a bold step like Murray’s to pursue something you love.

Tom Gliatto, TV Critic
His Pick: My Lunches With Orson: Conversations Between Henry Jaglom and Orson Welles edited by Peter Biskind

In the long, inactive autumn of his life, legendary filmmaker Orson Welles allowed his friend, director Henry Jaglom, to tape their conversations over lunch at Los Angeles’s Ma Maison. His talk is full of Hollywood history and gossip (Welles was no fan of Woody Allen, whose “particular combination of arrogance and timidity sets my teeth on edge.”) But it’s also sadly deflating: Welles was constantly brokering – and, perversely, unbrokering – deals for new projects that would all, in the end, amount to nothing more than talk. Fascinating stuff.

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 coming-of-age novelsand more great book finds here.