August 5, 2007 When U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings gets time to read, she likes to escape reality. This summer, the former Texas education lobbyist is reading books that take her from the wilds of North Dakota to ashrams in India and islands in Indonesia.
July 15, 2007 At just 33, playwright Sarah Ruhl has already had her plays produced on the country's most important stages. But she still finds time to read Goodnight Moon. She shares what's on her reading list this summer.
June 24, 2007 Carol Stoudt, the first female brewmaster in the U.S., oversees Stoudt's Brewing Company in Adamstown, Pa. Frequent travel for work — and inspiration from her family — keeps her reading despite a busy schedule running a microbrewery.
August 27, 2006 Charles Johnson is a renowned novelist, essayist and writer of short stories. His novel Middle Passage won the 1990 National Book Award. Lately, his own reading has been directed at an upcoming historical work.
August 20, 2006 Dr. Amanda Vincent directs Project Seahorse at the University of British Columbia, conducting research on sustainable use of the world's coastal marine ecosystems. She's this week's summer reader.
August 13, 2006 Feelance writer Philip Connors doubles as a fire lookout in the Gila National Forest in New Mexico. The job lasts six months a year, and gives him a chance to peruse a fair amount of literature. He offers a few recommendations, including the novel Homeland, a series of updates provided to a high school alum newsletter and one of "the funniest things" he's ever read.
August 6, 2006 Before he opened his own place (a bar and restaurant in Santa Monica, Calif., called Father's Office) Sang Yoon served up gourmet cuisine at Michael's. As our series of summer reading chats continues, he reveals a taste for books about eats.
July 30, 2006 This week's Summer Reader segment calls on Carolyn Hax for her advice on what to read this summer. Hax makes a living off her advice, writing The Washington Post's nationally syndicated column "Tell Me About It."