Saturday Coffee Table: Money Talking Weekend Reading

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Money Talking host Charlie Herman and regular contributors Joe Nocera of the New York Times and Rana Foroohar with Time magazine tell us what they’re reading this weekend.

Charlie Herman will try to finish the novel Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon. “The thing is -- yes it’s about fathers and sons and it’s about relationships – but it’s also about a small business trying to confront what happens when a large, successful business comes in...That’s something we see here in New York City all the time. We worry about those stores that are going out of business; the ones that we never go into and never buy anything from and at the same time don’t want them to go away.”

Rana Foroohar has been busy reading quarterly earnings reports this week, but she did find time to pick up Ruchir Sharma’s Breakout Nations. “Like many people he has been bullish on the growth prospects of the U.S. relative to the rest of the world for some time, but he was first. He wrote this book a year ago, he was out ahead, and he’s got a lot of interesting things to say so anyone who’s in the investment community should pick it up, too.”

Joe Nocera will be reading The Power Surge by Michael Levi, an energy expert at the Council on Foreign Relations. “He’s a pragmatist. He doesn’t buy into the pieties of the right or the pieties of the left. He thinks about practical solutions, what works, what doesn’t, what makes sense, and where we’re truly headed in terms of energy.”