Friday, March 16, 2012

What We’re Reading, 3/16/2012

On our iPads and in our inboxes this morning: foreclosure, the 40-hour work week, and the strange ties between vasectomies and NCAA basketball. Here are some recommendations from the Kiplinger staff.

"Bring Back the 40-Hour Work Week," by Sara Robinson (Salon). Just in time for the weekend, a new argument for why working fewer hours makes us happier and more productive. Quips web editor David Muhlbaum: “Should I feel guilty for having read this at work?”

"Can It Be … the Recovery?" (The Economist). “The Economist cover story confirms what The Kiplinger Letter has forecast,” says political editor Ken Bazinet. “Yes, there is a global recovery, but it’s not exactly a scorcher.”

"Housed," by Aimee Phan (Guernica). The daughter of a Vietnamese refugee loses her house — and her mother’s American Dream. “After getting turned down for loan modifications, I realized I was not afraid of the possibility of our bank or creditors calling us, demanding their money,” Phan writes. “I was scared of my mother.”

"Young Adults OK With Moving Back Home," by Elizabeth Shell (NewsHour). NewsHour’s Business Desk has a handy take on Pew’s “Boomerang Generation" report, which found that three in 10 young adults have recently lived at home — and three in four of them felt okay about it.

And to end with a little levity — it is Friday, after all! — J.K. Rowling is no longer a billionaire, and more men get vasectomies during March Madness.

As always, please tweet us your reads!

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