"My family and friends frequently recommend books, and that's where I get my reading list. I've recently read Devil in the White City by Erik Larson, You Cannot Be Serious by John McEnroe, Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There by David Brooks, and A Voyage for Madmen by Peter Nichols."
"When I was a child, The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien were my favorite stories. Now I'm reading them with my son—and he's enjoying them as much as I did. I've also been reading Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons. They're fun, fast-reading novels. I wanted to find out what all the hype is about!"
Eva Nogales ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF MOLECULAR AND CELLULAR BIOLOGY University of California, Berkeley, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
"I am reading El Quijote (Don Quixote). It has been 400 years since the first edition, and I got the most recent version, which is annotated, from the Cervantes Institute in Spain. I'm also reading a historical novel, from a collection called El Capitan Alatriste, about a former soldier who became a hero of Spain's 16th-century imperial wars. This collection was recommended to me by another HHMI investigator—Carlos Bustamante."
Randy Schekman PROFESSOR OF MOLECULAR AND CELLULAR BIOLOGY University of California, Berkeley
"I like history, particularly biography. I recently finished American Prometheus, about Robert Oppenheimer. I'm just starting 1776, by David McCullough. I'm also a sucker for Garrison Keillor, who is my favorite humorist. This summer I read his Lake Wobegon: Summer 1956, and one of his short-story anthologies."
Photos: Matthews: Paul Fetters; Niswander: Jason Tanaka Blaney; Nogales: Roy Kaltschidt/Lawrence Berkeley National Lab; Schekman: Barbara Ries