Reading has always been important to David Burrow. From the time he was very young, he saw the printed word as the primary way of learning about the world. He travelled through time and space through such works as Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House series. Even in this electronic age, reading remains fundamental--not just for him, but for every educated person. He likes reading on paper, but he also owns a Kindle that is full of digital literature.
Mr. Burrow reads primarily non-fiction books. He loves to read travel guides, through which he has journeyed in his imagination to every foreign land. He also loves books that offer new insights into people and society. The best books he has read in recent years are Our America: Life and Death on the South Side of Chicago by Lealan Jones and Lloyd Newman, which vividly describes life in the projects, Ball Four, pitcher Jim Bouton's 1970 exposť on professional baseball, and The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy, a fascinating look at the effects of international trade.
Autobiographies are among Mr. Burrow's favorite books. Among his favorites are Barack Obama's Dreams from My Father and The Audacity of Hope, Walter Cronkite's A Reporter's Life, Christopher Reeve's inspirational Still Me, Jesse Ventura's I Ain't Got Time to Bleed, Grace Slick's Somebody to Love, Andy Rooney's My War, and Rachel Robinson's tale of herself and her family, Jackie Robinson: An Intimate Portrait (in which Mr. Burrow learned the Robinsons were married the exact same day as his parents--February 10, 1946).
Mr. Burrow has also been a longtime subscriber to Time magazine and the National Geographic. He normally reads many other magazines as well, but his tastes vary from time to time.
David Burrow relaxing in his living room, with a bookshelf behind him.
Book shelves in the spare bedroom of Mr. Burrow's apartment
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