What's on your nightstand?: Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.)

What’s on your nightstand right now?
Bad Money by Kevin Phillips.

What magazines do you read regularly?
Time, Newsweek, Business Week, The Economist — whatever the previous passenger left in the seat-back pocket of the airplane.

What’s your guilty-pleasure read?
Sudoku — there’s no reason to feel guilty, but sometimes I hide the book in a magazine.

Which books have influenced your political philosophy?
Almost everything Upton Sinclair wrote; Silent Spring by Rachel Carson.

Which book about Washington should every member read?
Homo Politicus by Dana Milbank, Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin, Politics Lost by Joe Klein, and The House Ethics Manual.

Which author do you most often reference?
Winston Churchill, Dr. Seuss.

What is your favorite novel of all time?
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou.