This week, Donna Litke, Reference Services librarian, answers some of our questions about books.
What have you recently read?
I just finished reading Donald Miller’s, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years. While creating a screen play about his memoir with 2 movie producers, Don Miller learns the elements of what makes a story interesting. When they start fictionalizing Don’s life for film, he realizes if he applies these elements to his real life, he can live a better story. We go through the process with Miller as he does just that. This book is written with great humor, insight and wisdom.
What’s sitting on your night table?
I read and loved Dropped Thread: What We Aren’t Told, a few years ago and was thrilled to find another collection Dropped Threads 2: More of What we Aren’t Told. These books are written by a cross-section of Canadian women, who write short stories about truths they had never shared on subjects they hadn’t written about before. Some of the experiences are instantly recognizable; others are bound to provoke debate or inspire the reader to examine their own lives more closely.
What is your earliest book memory?
The first book I remember goes way back to Harold and the Purple Crayon series. I thought it was great how Harold would create his own story based on his drawings. I still do like that idea of drawing what you need.
Most important book you’ve read?
Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl. The title is misleading, it’s for women as well as men. This book examines the role human spirit plays in survival. I recommend this book as “the book” for anyone looking for a way to cope with any difficult lesson life has handed them. It can be read cover to cover or by sections.
What is your favorite character in a book?
Almondine is a beautifully written character, from The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblowski. It’s clear Almondine is written by someone who has lived with and understands animals and the role they play in our lives. This book is a must for anyone who has had an animal in their life that they have loved. Although the story leaves the reader with some open questions, it’s well worth the read just to experience Edgar’s relationship with his dog Almondine.