Book picks from our Friday Guests

Roundtable guests come prepared to answer, “What are you reading or have recently read?”

Star Tribune political reporter Rachel Stassen-Berger: “I, Claudius,” by Robert Graves.

Goff Howard vice president Mike Zipko: “The Fallen Angel,” by Daniel Silva.

Political science Prof. Barbara Palmer: “The Bean Trees” and “Pigs in Heaven,” by Barbara Kingsolver, and “The President’s Club,” by Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy.

Kerri never misses a chance to find out what books and blogs might expand our scientific knowledge. Today’s science guests obliged.’s science editor Maggie Koerth-Baker recommended “Rabid: A Cultural History of the World’s Most Diabolical Virus,” by Bill Wasik and Monica Murphy, and blogs curated by Scientific American.

Nature chief correspondent Ivan Semeniuk suggested “Critical Mass: how one thing leads to another,” by Philip Ball, and “Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water,” by Marc Reisner. If you’re interested in keeping up with Mars rover, read Emily’s blog at The Planetary Society.