Unfortunately, I currently do not have the wit nor the time to create a fake list of what they're reading and buying, however amusing that might be.
Amazon has these Purchase Circles for what people in a city, state, country or even company are buying. They are interesting for curiosity's sake, but not much more.
But Amazon has the list of what books employees at the New York Times Company are really buying. No. 5 is the keeper. Well, actually No. 2 is pretty much where it's at now, too. And No. 3 shows that employees might be thinking about more thrifty times a little way down the road.
Hmm. Maybe there's more to this than I thought. Could the life you're living subconsciously work toward your book purchases?
Obviously, there are limits. If you're dirt poor, you ain't buying books, period. If you're on the edge of poor or know you have too many books already, you head to the library. But heading to the Library in NY may not be a great option; zipping through metal detectors and half a million people per day and the pretzel vendors at the front door. Oy.
(Sorry, got a little carried away there. No, I've never been to the NYC Library. Any of them.)
This list of books is uniquely popular at The New York Times Company, as compared with the rest of the country:
1. Master of the Senate: The Years of Lyndon Johnson
2. Krakatoa : The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883
3. How to Cook Everything: Simple Recipes for Great Food
4. Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World
5. Atonement: A Novel
6. I Don't Know How She Does It: The Life of Kate Reddy, Working Mother
7. Live from New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live
8. Bush at War
9. Life of Pi
10. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Book 5)