His new book is The Godfather Effect: Changing Hollywood, America, and Me.
Santopietro's response to my recent query about what he has been reading:
I’m usually in the midst of three books: one fiction, one non-fiction, and a separate book for commuting on the subway (I live in NYC and am on the C line, recently voted the worst line in the entire system for the third year running--slowest trains, oldest trains, dirtiest, and least intelligible announcements. Ahh- the joys of New York. A good book is definitely necessary…)Visit Tom Santopietro's website.
Stephen Sondheim: Look, I Made A Hat. Turns out Sondheim is as good a writer as he is composer/lyricist, which is saying a lot. Smart, witty, and filled with painstaking (and fascinating) detail. Reading the book is like taking a master class in songwriting, musical theatre, and American pop culture, with the smartest and toughest professor you ever had.
Amor Towles: The Rules of Civility. Intricately plotted, but most of all noteworthy for the beauty of the language. Echoes of Fitzgerald (and a bit of John O’Hara) but a voice all the author’s own. Towles possesses an extraordinary style which he maintains from start to finish.
Louis Auchincloss: Woodrow Wilson. Part of the Penguin Lives series, this very slim (125 pages) book nonetheless manages to explore and explain the enigma of Woodrow Wilson--the man Auchincloss terms “the greatest idealist who ever occupied the White House.”
Writers Read: Tom Santopietro (November 2008).
The Page 99 Test: The Godfather Effect.