December 03

Making a Book List & Checking It Twice

Nothing sounds as good as snuggling up with a bestseller this holiday season. We asked our staffers what they’re reading to give you a few ideas for your Christmas list. And ping us your top tomes so we can add ’em to ours.


Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things that Happened

“Allie Brosh, author of Hyperbole and a Half, has written the best description of depression I have ever read. Her willingness to laugh at terrible situations brings a new light to an oft misunderstood subject. She’s witty, unusual, and sort of my hero.”

—Katie Pitts Olson, assistant editor


Ender’s Game

“The movie was intriguing and made me want to see what other principles the book taught about leadership and self- awareness. It also has an action-packed plot so it should be a nice read.”

—Trevor Carver, writer


To the Rescue: The Biography of President Thomas S. Monson

“I’m so impressed by what President Monson has achieved in his life and how humble he still remains. I’m looking forward to learning even more about him and finding ways to make myself better.”

—Spencer Wright, writer



“Dan Brown’s books are great! They keep the reader guessing until the last minute. I’m hoping this book will be a page-turner like the rest.”

—Spencer Ngatuvai, writer


Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

“Both heart wrenching and inspiring, Half the Sky outlines the difficulties women around the world face when seeking access to healthcare and education. I read this book nearly two years ago but am reading it again this holiday season to inspire me to be a better global citizen in 2014. The fact that it’s penned by two of my fave New York Times journalists is a plus.”

—Megan Bingham, editor

For more Marriott Alumni Magazine book picks, read The Great Escape in the Summer 2010 issue.