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What 6 Philadelphians Are Reading During Quarantine

By Kristin Detterline | April 14, 2020 | Culture


Looking for a new read? Look no further than these recommendations.

Nicole Cashman

Founder and CEO, Cashman and Associates

No Hard Feelings: The Secret Power of Embracing Emotions at Work by Liz Fosslien and Mollie West Duffy

“In addition to reading countless lifestyle magazines and the occasional US Weekly, I always try to have a business book in the mix. I chose this one because we get so caught up in perfecting our craft that we can forget the people. People have always been the most important and rewarding part of my business.”

Sabir M. Peele

Founder, Men's Style Pro & Freelance Brand Consultant

The Fashion Business Manual: An Illustrated Guide to Building a Fashion Brand by Fashionary

“As a small business owner that works in content creation, consulting and design collaborations with many brands, it's imperative to look at how I may need to pivot my business during these times. The Fashion Business Manual is highly visual, breaks down nuances of the industry from branding to retailing with everything in between in a highly palatable way.”

Kelly Edwards

Community Relations at Arts + Crafts Holdings

Ulysses by Ron Chernow

“When the City of Philadelphia announced another 30 days of quarantine I decided to pick up the 1,000-page biography Ulysses by Ron Chernow. Grant has always been an interesting character in American history and I find the Civil War-era through the Gilded Age to be especially intriguing. I hope it reads like a Star Spangled Banner rags-to-riches story of a president who came from nothing, won the war, rebuilt the country and led us into prosperity while fighting for equality. I also wanted to read it before the History Channel releases its special on Grant!”

J. Andrew Greenblatt

CEO and Executive Director, Philadelphia Film Society

The Sky is Falling by Peter Biskind

“I have a significant hit list of books during this downtime, many of which not surprisingly deal with the film industry. The Sky is Falling from Peter Biskind has been sitting partially read on my nightstand for a few weeks on. For anyone interested in the recent history of the film industry, I’d consider his books essential reading. Nothing captures the rise of indies and Sundance in the ‘90s like his book, Down and Dirty Pictures. Power Shift, about Creative Artists Agency, has been on my shelf for a while, as has Ride of a Lifetime, the autobiography from Disney Chairman (and former CEO) Bob Iger.”

Mark D. Kuhn IV

CEO, Oat Foundry LLC

Facebook: The Inside Story by Steve Levy

I was supposed to be in Salt Lake City for a conference with Oat Foundry’s Director of Business Development, but that got cancelled in the weeks leading up to the Coronavirus shut downs. Our backup plan was drinks with a doctor from Penn at Fitler Club, but that also got cancelled while en route to Fitler. Never ones to miss an opportunity for a negroni, we had a drink at the bar, wandered over to the theater, and happened to see some familiar faces—Chris Fralic from First Round Capital was hosting Steven Levy, the author of the book, in a fireside chat. After their affable and transparent discussion, I got to meet Steve and get a signed copy. The book is awesome. I think much of what we know about Facebook is from the movie The Social Network. This clarifies many points the movie missed and tells much, much more. It's a page turner from a legendary tech author.”

Mimi Wong

Social Media Blogger and Founder of What’s on Mimi’s Mind

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

“This book was recommended to me by a friend and I couldn't put it down. The plot was engaging, thoughtful, heartwarming, and heartbreaking. I loved how everyone had their own stories that intertwined. It is set in a picture-perfect idyllic town called Shaker Heights, but things quickly are upended by family secrets. It really dived into looking beyond the surface of what a family looks like on the outside. Little Fires Everywhere has been a hit in the media lately after being recommended by both Oprah and Reese Witherspoon. It was also recently adapted into a television mini-series by Hulu produced by Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington. I have yet to see the show yet but I heard it is just as good!”

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