Reading for Gen X, Y and Z

NPR news show, “The Bryant Park Project” was launched Oct ’07. The goal of the daily two-hour show is to “combine the authority and intelligence of NPR with the tone and sensibility the next generation of Public Radio listeners demand.”

Since they’re trying to appeal to the younger portion of their audience, as are many libraries (Maricopa County PL just completed a marketing study of 24 to 40 year olds), it’s worth a look at the books they cover.

Yesterday, Robert Powers, the author of You Are a Miserable Excuse for a Hero talked about his book, the first in the “Just Make a Choice! Series”. Powers uses humor to illustrate his theory that most people avoid making decisions, and thus, fail to become heroes because they prefer to keep their options open.

The book is owned by just a few libraries; it looks like it wasn’t reviewed prepublication.

You Are a Miserable Excuse for a Hero

Book One in the Just Make a Choice! Series

  • Paperback: $13.95
  • Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin (May 27, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0312377347
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312377342

The show also features a monthly book club with regular online discussions. The titles that have been covered so far are:

Petropolis, Anya Ulinich, Viking — current selection

Anansi Boys, Neil Gaiman, Morrow– May

The God of Animals, Aryn Kyle, Scribner — April

In The Country of Men, Hisham Matar, Dial — March (first selection)

“The Bryant Park Project'” is currently carried by a limited number of stations (you can check here to see if it’s in your area. You can also listen to it online).

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