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Hooray, hooray, it’s Friday Reads! Jason Heller’s review convinced me to take home Twelve Kings in Sharakhai – he usually doesn’t steer me wrong!

Editor Rose Friedman reports she’s enhoying The Mark and the Void quite a bit.

Boss Lady Ellen Silva is headed to Boston for the weekend and is taking appropriate reading: Walden. “I always find the Transcendentalists to be so inspiring and centering,” she says.

Code Switch’s Karen Grigsby Bates reports, “Just finished Elizabeth Egan’s I after resisting reading it for awhile. I liked it a lot. There were chick-lit aspects, sure, but there was an awful lot of inside info on how publishing has changed over the years. And not in a good way. She also captures the current 24/7 cycle of many workplaces, where you’re checking (and responding to) email, looking for the Next Great Idea by moving through tons of reading matter and other stuff. Everybody’s producing, but fun seems to have been written out of the equation.”

Mama Susan Stamberg keeps her artistic streak going with Keeping An Eye Open: Essays on Art.

And finally, our TV critic and resident Prince geek Eric Deggans says “I’ve been reading Alan Light’s Let’s Go Crazy: Prince and the Making of Purple Rain. Besides giving a well-reported, blow-by-blow account of how The Artist put together a movie that made a huge impact on me as a pop culture obsessed kid and a musician, the book is also a chronicle of how and why Prince had such an impact in the ‘80s. The film and soundtrack’s distillation of all that makes Prince so compelling – weirdly impulsive eccentricity, exhaustive creativity, relentless work ethic and insistence on artistic control – made Purple Rain a beautiful mess. It was also a perfect summation of pop culture at the time and this book captures how Prince pulled off the biggest success of his pop music career.“

What’s on your TBR pile this weekend?

– Petra