5 Questions about books

Readers’ Services librarian, Lisa Jones, answers “5 Questions about books”:

A Favorite Childhood Book: The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams.  I recently read this with my own daughter and it bought back lots of memories.  It is truly a timeless classic.

Your Favorite Book of All Time: That’s a tough one, but I would have to say To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

Book You’ve Faked Reading: The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan.  It was my book club’s monthly pick and after reading a few chapters, I skipped to every other chapter and finally read the last two chapters.  Although, I remain eternally grateful to Ms. Friedan and Ms. Steinem.

Favorite Line from a Book: I have a few but one of my favorites is actually from the Shakespeare Play Othello: “Who steals my purse steals trash; tis something, nothing; Twas mine, ‘tis his, and has been slave to thousands; but he that filches from me my good name, robs me of that which not enriches him, and makes me poor indeed”. A college professor of mine started class with this line one day and its meaning has stayed with me through both my personal and professional life.  In a nutshell:  money, property and the like can always be replaced but once your good name and/or reputation is tarnished or taken from you, it can be difficult if not impossible to get it back.  In essence, stay true to yourself, your core beliefs and values and the rest will somehow fall into place.

Book you feel you should read but haven’t yet: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith.


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