By Sandy Kelly
What is a great way to refresh yourself, make time for some quiet pleasure and celebrate another school year well done??? Some great summer reading of course! Don’t you just love all the people that think you have read every best seller on the shelves simply because you are a librarian? Well, we know the truth: we love to read but there is never enough time to read just for pleasure. SO what are we reading this summer? Read on, for lots of good suggestions from your colleagues. Hit the local bookstore or get yourself on the waiting list at your local library. Summer’s upon us!
Paula Brown has already started the book at the top of my pile…Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson, about a climber who decides to build schools, one at a time, in the mountains of Pakistan… “it is riveting!”
Kathy Lowe suggests Pulitzer Prize winner March by Geraldine Brooks; think in terms of Little Women. Also on her list The Diving Bell and The Butterfly the true story of Jean-Dominique Bauby a successful and charismatic editor-in-chief of French Elle.
Maria Touet has a variety of genres to tackle. “I never had the opportunity to read Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird and I think it's high time that I did. I also plan on finishing David Halberstam's The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War, Drew Gilpin Faust's latest book, This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War, and Books on Fire: The Destruction of Libraries throughout History by Lucien Polastron. As for professional reading, I have Parker Palmer's updated The Courage to Teach and some other books on school libraries. It's true--so many books, so little time!”
Christopher Paul Curtis' Elijah of Buxton and The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs by Betty Birney are on Judi Paradis’s list. “I am also planning to read The Diary of a Wimpy Kid if I can tear it away from the kids. For my "big kid" reading life, Circling My Mother by Mary Gordon, Boom by Tom Brokaw and Eric Michael Dyson's new book about the impact of the death of Martin Luther King Jr. For more nonfiction fun (my genre), I was going to try How Doctors Think by Jerome Groopman. I am just now finishing reading Arthur Schlesinger Jr.'s memoirs and it is REALLY interesting if you are interested in recent history.”
7th Heaven by James Patterson, Riding the Dragon by Dr. Robert Wicks and Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult are waiting for Maureen Beattie-Waterworth.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali's Infidel awaits Ann Perham. Ali is the Somali-born member of the Dutch parliament who faced death threats after collaborating on a film about domestic violence against Muslim women with controversial director Theo van Gogh (who was himself assassinated). Ann also recommends A Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd by Jim Fergus
Valerie Diggs will be reading another book on my list as well, Water for Elephants: A Novel by Sara Gruen. She's also looking forward to People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks, inspired by the story of a mysterious codex known as the Sarajevo Haggadah. Also on Valerie’s pile is Zipporah, Wife of Moses: A Novel from the Canaan Trilogy by Marek Halter.
No surprise Gerri Fegan will be reading Julie Andrews' Home, which she herself had autographed, by Julie Andrews at the ALA conference last summer. “Also, I have never read McCullough's John Adams.”
And finally, I am looking forward to starting Bill Bryson’s The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir. The picture on the cover alone in enough to draw in anyone who was born in the fifties…nothing like a little humor for a day at the beach.
Enjoy your summer reads.
|Last Updated ( Saturday, 24 May 2008 )|