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What they’re reading now

Real estate pros share picks for books on the Holocaust, love and duty and the world of longshoremen

January 01, 2016

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Royce Pinkwater
CEO, Pinkwater Select

What are you reading right now?

I am currently reading “Washington Square,” written by Henry James in 1880. Love and heartbreak weave throughout the book.

What spurred you to read that book?

I love reading historical novels, as you learn what happened long ago through the eyes of the characters, sometimes with far more detail and accuracy than a history book. New York takes on a key role in the story, as the characters live in the affluent society of our city at the time. The grand homes are an important backdrop. The fascinating thing is that the most coveted property in New York in 1880 is still the most sought-after now.

Has anything you read in it stuck with you? Would you recommend it to others?

For those who love great writing, you cannot do better than Henry James. What sticks with me is the vividness of the descriptions; you feel you are right there with the characters, walking in their homes, driving their carriages. The other is that the issues of life do not change. Fathers and daughters, love and emotional conflicts are the same today as then.

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