It’s Read Across America Day -- here’s what we’re reading

What exactly is Read Across America Day?

Created by the National Education Association, it's an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss.

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With that in mind, here’s a look at what our staff is reading.

"I am starting "The Girl Before" by JP Delaney tonight and hopefully will actually finish 'The Dinner' by Herman Koch before my next book club meeting. Before the Movie: A book club of sorts reads books that are being made into movies. We discuss both over cocktails. 
Yesterday I got the electronic version of 'The Girl Before' from the Dayton Metro Library. It is billed as a thriller in the spirit of 'The Girl on the Train' and 'Gone Girl' from totally different authors.
I loved those books and am hoping this new "girl" book does not disappoint."
-- Amelia Robinson, reporter and columnist,

"Sex Pistols: 90 Days at EMI" by Brian Southall, and "Those Guys Have All The Fun: Inside the World of ESPN" by James A. Miller.  
-- Jim Ingram, reporter,

"Homesick for Another World" by Ottessa Moshfegh, and vol. 16 of Barrelhouse literary mag, "The Unintentionally Grim Issue."  
-- Ashley Bethard, digital manager,

"The Purpose Room," by Heather Lindsey.  
-- Ellesse Rodriguez, intern,

"I usually juggle a few. Currently, 'American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant' by Ronald C. White; 'Moonglow,' by Michael Chabon; a book of poems, 'Tall If' by Mark Irwin; and in the car, an audiobook of 'Brave New World' by Aldous Huxley. 
The Grant bio is good – White argues much of what we've heard about Grant, such as that he was a butcher and not such a good general, are off the mark and that he was a remarkable guy. Odd fact I did not know: The general who saved the Union briefly owned 4 slaves before the war. 
I usually read new stuff from Chabon – he's a favorite and a real magician with words. This is a retelling of his Jewish immigrant grandfather's rather rogueish and very interesting life. Just started it.
Irwin is new to me, but I like him. Very oblique but touching at the right times.
With Huxley, re-enjoying an old classic I first read in middle school. Seems the times are perfect for a bit of dystopian craziness. Elegantly read by the veddy British Michael York."
-- Ron Rollins, director of digital content, Cox Media Group Ohio

“I’m struggling for ‘me’ time right now, but I spend lots of time reading with my son, Max. The Dr. Seuss collection is at the very top of our nightly reading list. He can’t get enough Dr. Seuss, especially ‘The Cat in the Hat’ and ‘Fox in Socks.’ We read them over and over and over. And we’re both OK with that!” -- Michelle Fong, digital manager,

"Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk" by Kathleen Rooney.  
-- Katie Wedell, I-Team reporter, Dayton Daily News

"Gifts of Imperfection" by Brene Brown, "Princess Diarist" by Carrie Fisher, and "Furiously Happy" by Jenny Lawson.  
-- Tabatha Wharton, social producer and reporter,

"The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism," by Doris Kearns Goodwin.  
-- Marcus Hartman, sports columnist and reporter, Cox Media Group Ohio

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