Charles Duhigg

Addictive reading selected by the author of The Power of Habit.



New York Times investigative reporter Charles Duhigg's debut work of nonfiction, The Power of Habit, catalogues the habits of successful people and offers tips for establishing beneficial routines and breaking the ones that hinder us. When we asked him to recommend three favorites, he replied with this fascinating trio of wide-ranging books.


Books by Charles Duhigg




By John Hersey


"When Hersey's nonfiction account of the bombing in Hiroshima appeared in 1946, it set a narrative bar that has never really been surpassed. The beauty and deep humanity of this book, chronicling an atomic explosion through characters touched by the blast, is so powerful that, even 60 years later, it's impossible to look away. Every journalist, I think, hopes to write a book like this: something that makes an event so real that it becomes unforgettable, and gives the deaths and decisions surrounding that tragedy permanent weight."




By David Mitchell


"Some books are great because they're well told. Some books are amazing because they're so creative and clever. But the best books are surprising. The first time I read this book I was in Cairo, completely out of place and constantly feeling at odd ends. Mitchell inspires that same sense in readers -- and then he delivers something wonderful."



Red Sky at Morning

By Richard Bradford


"I'll be honest: this isn't a great book. Some of the plot points don't make sense, and the characters can strain credulity. But I'm from New Mexico, where it takes place, and there was a time in my life when I had no idea what I really wanted to do, and whenever I was in a strange town, I would buy a copy of this book in a bookstore, and it made everything okay again. I haven't read it in years. I take that as a good sign."

April 23: " 'A job,' the woman repeated again, smiling, as if I hadn't heard her. 'Would you like one?' "

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysley Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.

Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
In the Light of What We Know

Zia Haider Rahman's mystery of a brilliant Bangladeshi mathematician's past barrels through the Ivy League, London high finance, and spy-haunted Afghanistan in a page-turning tale of exile, intrigue and the price of friendship. A Discover Great New Writers selection.

The People's Platform

Once touted as the foundation for tomorrow's digital democracy, the Internet is increasingly ruled by a few corporate giants, while millions of contributors till its fields for free. Astra Taylor looks at why the web has failed to deliver a communitarian cyberscape, and offers a compelling case for restoring its original vision.

A Private Venus

Dubbed "the Italian Simenon," Giorgio Scerbanenco (1911-1969) began his crime-writing career with books set in the USA, but quickly shifted scene closer to home, the city of Milan.  In this adventure, appearing in English for the first time, his underdog hero Dr. Duca Lamberti finds himself in the middle of a seedy, scantily clad criminal racket, where the presence of an outsider could result in death.