Weekend 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 be doing some listening this week in lieu (or perhaps in addition to) some reading. It's a radio story from the podcast Planet Money called "I Know I'm Supposed to Follow My Passion. But What If I Don't Have a Passion?" about a recent college grad who is trying to figure out what to do with his life. "He graduated about two years ago from an Ivy League school and he asks the prominent economist Tyler Cowen 'What should I do? I don't have a passion, where do I go?' And so Cowen basically met with him and two other economists to figure out 'How important is passion?'"

In advance of a reporting trip to China in June, Rana Foroohar will be reading The Party: The Secret World of China's Communist Rulers by Richard McGregor. "It is I think the best book I've ever seen written about the Chinese Communist party and its inner workings. Very few people know anything about how the party really operates, but he gets in as deep as I've seen anyone do working in English."

Joe Nocera will be traveling to China on the same reporting trip as Foroohar in June. He's reading with the book Dreaming in Chinese: Mandarin Lessons in Life, Love, and Language by Deborah Fallows. "Deborah Fallows is a linguist and she lived in China for three years...and her way of exploring China was through its language, talking to people and learning about language and learning about China linguistically. And it's supposed to be a very funny book and it's supposed to be a very interesting way to come at China."