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Speaking Volumes: Patrice Matamoros

Pittsburgh Marathon Race Director Patrice Matamoros's reading interests range from philosophical ruminations on running to a certain popular "hardcore Harlequin romance" franchise you may have heard of…

She recommends:

E.L. James, Fifty Shades of Grey

When literature student Anastasia Steele interviews successful entrepreneur Christian Grey, she finds him very attractive and deeply intimidating. Convinced that their meeting went badly, she tries to put him out of her mind – until he turns up at the store where she works part-time, and invites her out.

Unworldly and innocent, Ana is shocked to find she wants this man. And, when he warns her to keep her distance, it only makes her want him more.

But Grey is tormented by inner demons, and consumed by the need to control. As they embark on a passionate love affair, Ana discovers more about her own desires, as well as the dark secrets Grey keeps hidden away from public view …

- Arrow Books

George Sheehan, Running & Being: The Total Experience

A New York Times bestseller when first published in 1978, it quickly earned its title as "the philosophical bible for runners." And it has stood the test of time.

It tells of an educated man's mid-life return to the world of exercise, play and competition. A book filled with beautiful observations and analysis of his new world — "The world the other side of sweat," as he used to call it, where one can uncover the truths that lie deep within each of us. If you are a fan of George Sheehan's work or if you have just heard about him, you should give this book a good read. Running & Being is considered to be Dr. Sheehan's signature book.

- The George Sheehan Foundation

David Schwartz, The Magic of Thinking Big

Millions of people throughout the world have improved their lives using The Magic of Thinking Big. Dr. David J. Schwartz, long regarded as one of the foremost experts on motivation, will help you sell better, manage better, earn more money, and — most important of all — find greater happiness and peace of mind.

- Fireside Publishing

Speaking Volumes is a weekly conversation on books and reading. The program airs on 90.5 FM Mondays during Morning Edition, and Wednesdays during Essential Pittsburgh.