Today, Rosemarie Birofka, Circulation Clerk, answers “5 Questions About Books“:
What is the last book you read?
“Nickel and Dimed: On Not Getting By in America” by Barbara Ehrenreich. What an eye-opening book into the world of minimum wage earners and their daily struggle to barely make ends meet. It will have you thinking twice when big box stores like Walmart get a social conscience and say they are “providing jobs” (and healthy food). It may have you reconsider how you tip and what you actually donate to your local food pantry. There are enough facts to feel informed, not overwhelmed. If you are into heated discussions this would be a title to introduce to your Book Club.
What is your favorite book of all time?
That would definitely be “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” by Betty Smith. Despite the family’s poverty and Francie’s devotion to her alcoholic father you never feel pity for the family. There is strength and wisdom that comes from their adversity. The story takes place in Williamsburg. I spent a lot of time there as a kid with my cousins so the streets (some were still cobblestone) and the neighborhood are very familiar to me. I think that was the real draw for liking the book so much.
Do you have a favorite non-fiction book/author?
I really enjoyed, “Into the Wild” by Jon Krakauer. Although it is found on a lot of high school summer reading lists do not pass it up. It is about a privileged young man who forsakes everything to roam the West and eventually live in the Alaskan wild. If you have a free-spirit the story will tap into those feelings.
I also read, “Under the Banner of Heaven” by Krakauer. He has an uncanny way of choosing and writing about true stories that read more like fiction than non-fiction. Next up, will be his book, “Into Thin Air”. Maybe he should get a little more creative on titling a book but, nonetheless, a great author.
Is there a book you like to give to people as a gift?
After reading, “Clapton: The Autobiography” by Eric Clapton, I find myself giving this to friends and family who enjoy the early music of the 60’s. It’s the usual rock ‘n roll rise to fame…a nobody, a somebody, drugs, a comeback…but the references of other musicians and groups is really what makes this book enjoyable. You’ll go back and double check the dates on your albums to follow the timeline.
Do you have a favorite place to read?
I really do like to read in my comfy rocking chair but I’m usually out like a light after a few paragraphs. So I sit in the very bright kitchen on the uncomfortable kitchen chair…
-posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services