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On autumn weekends, we like nothing more than settling in with a good book as the afternoon sunlight slants into evening (crackling fire, tumbler of scotch and reading companion optional).

Clearly, Tina Brown feels the same way.  We asked the Newsweek and The Daily Beast editor-in-chief/author/magazine editor/talk show host—and —what books have inspired her recently.  Here, Brown shares five of her favorites with AHAlife.  Most have been published in the last month or so, and one (by Nora Ephron), you’ll have to wait a few weeks to check out; it hits shelves November 9th.  All are thought-provoking, fascinating and enlightening reads.

Bob Dylan in America by Sean Wilentz (Doubleday, 2010)
Pair one of America’s greatest historians with its greatest musician and you’ve got a rollicking read through the strange byways of Americana. Wilentz brilliantly teases out just why Dylan is so fascinating and enigmatic.
Available at Amazon.com

I Remember Nothing by Nora Ephron (Random House, 2010)
Another delightfully funny salvo from Ephron and an absolute must-read. She’s one of the sharpest we have when it comes to skewering our foibles about money, sex and everything else.
Available at Amazon.com

The Secret Lives of Somerset Maugham by Selina Hastings (Random House, 2010)
One of the most delicious writers in the last century, Maugham finally gets his due in this charming account of his indulgent life. Hastings finds out more about the man then he perhaps even ever admitted to himself and, more importantly, will send you racing back to his books.
Available at Amazon.com

Even Silence Has an End: My Six Years of Captivity in the Jungle by Ingrid Betancourt (Penguin Press, 2010)
One of the most searing memoirs I’ve ever read. Betancourt writes with incredible honesty about her years in the most harrowing captivity you can imagine. This is a testament to a truly extraordinary woman and a hero of mine.
Available at Amazon.com

Obama’s Wars by Bob Woodward (Simon & Schuster, 2010)
Like his past books, this latest from Woodward caused a political earthquake with its revelations from inside Obama’s White House. Reading this book feels like you're sitting in on a National Security Council meeting, and you'll find out what’s really happening in Washington—and who is calling the shots.
Available at Amazon.com

Curated by journalist, author and The Daily Beast founder/editor-in-chief, Tina Brown.

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