This week “5 Questions” were answered by Jackie Ranaldo, Readers’ Services librarian.
On your nightstand now:
I am always reading and listening to more than one book at a time. That seems to be the trend with many of us at the library. Maybe it’s a “Librarian” thing …
Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger (Contemporary Fiction/Ghost Story)
Someone Knows My Name by Lawrence Hill (Historical Fiction)
Heartsick by Chelsea Cain (Mystery/Suspense)
I Love You Like a Tomato by Marie Giordano (Italian-American Fiction)
Favorite Childhood book:
Caps For Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina – A fantastic little children’s book about a peddler who carried large stacks of men’s caps to sell. One day a monkey in a tree started stealing all his caps. I used to love reading this book with my mother. Most kids would point to the tree and try and tell the peddler about the monkey … not me … like a child watching Blues Clues, I used to think characters in books could hear me … I would never tell the peddler about the clever, little monkey …it was like our own little secret.
Favorite Author of All Time –
Book you feel you should read but haven’t yet —
Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
Favorite line from a book –
“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view–until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.” ~ Atticus Finch character from To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
Interestingly enough, I strongly believe that is what reading is all about. Books give the reader a unique opportunity to “climb inside someone else’s skin” and see the world from another point of view. I believe great literature has an amazing opportunity to teach tolerance and compassion, simply by experiencing another’s story through words.