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Feature Wed Aug 11 2010

What We're Reading: Cartoon History of the Universe, Part 2

What We're Reading is a weekly column that asks Chicagoans about the books they're currently enjoying (or not).

Jonathan, 26, options trader

Lives in River North

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Cartoon History of the Universe, Part 2 by Larry Gonick

What's it about (in 20 words or less)?

An integrated history of the world in cartoons -- this volume includes ancient China, India and Rome.

What drew you to this book?

I have been reading a lot of history lately, and I read about this online somewhere.

What kind of person would you recommend it to?

Anyone interested in world history -- particularly a kid. I wish I had read a book like this when I was younger.

Who's your favorite author right now?

Roberto BolaƱo

What's your favorite place to read in Chicago or its environs?

Argo Tea.

And Jonathan wants to add...

I have trouble sticking to one task so I am halfway through about five books right now. The others are The Decline and Fall of the British Empire by Piers Brandon, Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, The Innocence of Father Brown by G. K. Chesterton (free on the iPad), The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (long-term project that I read on my phone's Kindle app).

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