Friday Reads: The End of Growth and Grace


Here at, we love talking about books and what we’re reading and loving right now. In our weekly feature, Friday Reads, we give you a behind-the-scenes look at what Cityline guest experts and staff members are reading, as well as sharing the current picks of some of our viewers. This week, we’re taking a peek at the bookshelves of Winston Sih and Jenny Stranges!

Winston Sih, our tech expert, has just begun reading The End of Growth by Jeff Rubin (Random House Canada). This best-seller follows Why Your World Is About to Get a Whole Lot Smaller, and discusses globalization, what happens as commodities continue to soar, and what that means to the growth of the economy. “It’s impressive to read about the bold arguments Rubin presents,” Winston says. “Rubin presents an argument that governments are getting it wrong, and that growth in the economy will come to a grinding halt. Not only is this read great for those interested in the economy, but ideal for those who like learning about the ever-evolving world we live in.”

Jenny Stranges, one of our unit assistants at Citytv, has just finished reading Grace: A Memoir by Grace Coddington (Random House Canada), creative director of Vogue. Jenny was enchanted by this book; here’s what she had to say about it:

Much like with television, I knew that behind the scenes of fashion there’s an entire world that we rarely have access to. The documentary The September Issue released in 2009 gave us a snippet of life inside Vogue, and showed us a character responsible for much of the iconic photography in the magazine, and who is brave enough to stand up to Ms. Anna Wintour: Grace Coddington. Ever since that film, I’ve been sort of fascinated with Grace as a professional and a personality.

The book was everything I hoped it would be – part biography, part rise-to-fame, part behind-the-scenes. Coddington’s passion for fashion photography was palpable, and her words had a way of uncovering the layers of a seemingly superficial world. The insight into the industry was invaluable. Of course, there was profuse name-dropping, but that’s to be expected in a book written by a head-honcho in the fashion industry.

The book was a touch expensive – I’d attribute that to almost hundreds of photos included in the pages – but absolutely worth it for the fashion and photography lover alike.

What are you reading this Friday? Tell us in the comments what books are currently residing on your bedside table, and we might include your pick in next week’s Friday Reads!