Shannon Miller, certified nurse's assistant, Lawrence
"'Tender Rebel,' by Johanna Lindsey. It's a romance novel, and there are about seven books in the series. It revolves around a family in England in the early 1800s."
Robert Gomez, cook, Portland, Ore.
"'College in a Can,' by Sandra and Harry Choron. It's full of information about college, your freshman year - everything."
Tolgay Figarelli, janitor, Lawrence
"'The Ruba'iyat of Omar Khayyam,' translated by Peter Avery and John Heath-Stubbs. It's a collection of poems mostly about life being very short and enjoying it as much as we can, and that what you are or who you are doesn't really matter in the grand scheme."
Robert Bogan, Lawrence resident
"'The Book of Disquiet,' by Fernando Pessoa. I had a conversation about it with a friend of mine in Seattle who is sort of like-minded, so I picked it up to see what she was reading. It seems to be a collection of fairly short pieces."
Brett Stoppel, business co-owner, Lawrence
"'Missed Fortune 101,' by Douglas R. Andrew. It's about home loans and reinvesting them instead of putting the equity back into your home."