Nightstand confessional

class=img_thumbleft>Spending night after night in darkened bars and coming home with ears ringing is hard work. We tracked down some local venue bookers and asked what they're reading to unwind.

Under the Banner of Heaven by John Krakauer I just finished it because the Mormon religion is fascinating to me. It was really good in that it gave a lot of background history on how it all started and what the basic fundamentals of their religion are. I'm still reading Companeros, about Che Guevara's journeys through South America and when he hooked up with Fidel. It's kind of a hard read so I've been in the process of that one for quite awhile. And then I just got On Michael Jackson, which I hadn't heard of until a friend loaned it to me today. He said it tells a lot about why he's the way he is. --Kim King, Fine Line Music Cafe

Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto by Chuck Klosterman I was told this was a prerequisite to Fargo Rock City (which is next on my list). History may not reflect the X-genners as the world's greatest generation but maybe they are the most loveable slackers in our short history. --James "Taco" Martin, the Cabooze

Only The Strong Survive: The Odyssey Of Allen Iverson by Larry Platt It details his rise from underground legend to cultural icon. It's hard not to be intrigued by the life story of a player as awesome and controversial as Iverson. It's a shame he wasn't selected for the national hoops team. --Sonia Grover, First Avenue

Now I Can Die In Peace by Bill Simmons It's a collection of some of his columns he wrote for between 1998 and 2004 when the Red Sox finally won the World Series. Being springtime, all I can think about is baseball. --Nate Kranz, Seventh St. Entry

The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork by John C Maxwell This book is really good at getting you to think introspectively. It constantly challenges me in personal growth and seeking to better appreciate those working around me. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis I just finished rereading this series. I have to say that I enjoyed it much more this time through than when I was a child. It helped me remember what it's like to think "like a child." Proverbs: King Solomon This book always challenges me to stay ethical, moral & keep my focus on what truly matters in life: God, family, friends. --Mike Pappas, Club 3 Degrees

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