On the nightstand

By Piper Jones Castillo
Published May 18, 2007

For her new book If They Only Listened to Us: What Women Voters Want Politicians to Hear, Melinda Henneberger, political editor of the online Huffington Post, talked with 234 women in 20 states, blue and red.

What's on your nightstand?

A Tale of Two Cities.

Have you always been a Dickens fan?

I'm reading this now because of a recent trip to Paris. The visit put me in the mood for the French Revolution.

Are you interested in any contemporary authors?

I know most women don't like Philip Roth (Everyman), but I am an exception.

Who inspired you to become a writer?

My Uncle Bob. He was a lawyer, but he also was an unpublished playwright. He gave me things to read when I was very young, like when I was 3. He encouraged me to bat around my ideas.