“I am just starting ‘Operation Mincemeat,' by Ben Macintyre. … It is a true story about a ploy the Allies pulled on the Germans; I think the British came up with the idea: They planted a dead body with false information — saying they were going to invade Greece and Sardinia instead of Sicily, which is where the invasion really took place. It's a spy thriller, but it is true, and I am enjoying it.
“Alan Furst has written quite a few spy books. He creates an atmosphere that sounds authentic. I've recently read two of his: ‘The Spies of Warsaw' is set in pre-war and into World War II in Poland. It includes a lot of danger and foreboding. The other book by Furst is ‘The Foreign Correspondent' and is about a writer who gets sucked into the intrigue. The writing in these books is better than is usual for this type of story.
“I did not finish ‘Shock of Gray,' by Ted Fishman. He writes about the graying of the species, stating that, as cultures become more affluent, the birth rate goes down and the population ages. I got the gist of what he was saying but wasn't interested enough to finish it.
“When I was in late elementary school, I became fascinated by some sports books. They were full of what it was like to be on a team and about family life, among other subjects — and covered many sports. They were fiction, and that's when I found out Indiana was basketball crazy. I grew up in New York state, you know. Reading those books was a pleasure. They were good!”