Get some inspiration for your next read from the authors and readers who gave us a glimpse of what’s waiting on their nightstands.

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Get some inspiration for your next read from the authors and readers who gave us a glimpse of what’s waiting on their nightstands.

Nightstand | March 20th, 2015

Peter Swanson’s Nightstand

Peter Swanson

The books on my nightstand are a motley crew of all-time favorites, books I hope to read, books I failed to read, and books I’ve finished that haven’t yet made it back to the bookshelf.

Currently, there is a copy of Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis. This is my favorite book of all time, one I’ve read many times, and I like to keep it close to hand. I have many copies, but there is almost always a copy on my nightstand. Next to Lucky Jim is John Updike’s Too Far to Go, a collection of stories that chronicle the marriage of Joan and Richard Maple. I love this collection, and can always re-read any of the stories.

Nightstand | March 8th, 2015

M. Lewis Lerman’s Nightstand, author of “Beware the Sheep”

AuthorPhoto_MLewisLermanMy nightstand is an amalgam of utility and sentimentality: its interior is stuffed with yellow legal pads and pre-sharpened pencils, and its flat mahogany surface – though occasionally tidy – is typically overrun by drained coffee mugs and lavender candles, knotted-up headphones and an ever-changing pile of slim paperback novels. 

Nightstand | January 12th, 2015

Claire Fogel’s Nightstand


Claire (Callan) Fogel is the author of Blackthorne Forest, the first book in The Blackthorne series.  She shares the reads she is curling up with when she isn’t writing.

Nightstand | December 15th, 2014

Ann Lewis Hamilton’s Nightstand


I saw a photo of a bed once – a platform bed with bookshelves lined all around the bottom. Who cares if the bed is uncomfortable? The ability to lean over and grab a book, any book, without having to get out of bed? Nirvana.

The table beside my bed isn’t very big. There’s enough room for a lamp and only a book or two – any more and our spiteful cats would knock them over. Right now there’s a Daily Guideposts Devotional 2014 – something my mother would send me every Christmas and after she passed away, I started getting it myself, because it was a lovely way to remember her. Below that is Colleen McCullough’s Caesar, from her Masters of Rome series. I’m a sucker for a book series and after I read The First Man in Rome, I had to zip through the rest. Caesar was my favorite and it’s still by my bed. Tempting me to read the entire series again.

Nightstand | December 10th, 2014

Inspiring ‘Bridging the Gender Gap’ by Lynn Roseberry, Ph.D.


Lynn Roseberry, Ph.D., is the co-author, together with Johan Roos, Ph.D., of Bridging the Gender Gap: Seven Principles for Achieving Gender Balance, showing how leadership can play a role in producing or closing the gender gap in leadership. 

When I began working with Johan on Bridging the Gender Gap, I had read hundreds of books and articles on feminism and gender-related issues. There are plenty of books, like Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In and Gloria Feldt’s, No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power, addressed to women who want to pursue leadership, but none that answered the question, “If all the people who say they support gender equality mean what they say, why are most leaders still men?” I mean, really. Most people say they support gender equality and think that men and women should be treated as equals. So why don’t we have far more female leaders than we do now? I wanted to write the book that answers that question.