CRRL My Librarian: Beyond Toni Morrison
A compilation for readers interested in titles similar to the works of Pulitzer Prize winner Toni Morrison.
CRRL My Librarian: Gals with Gravitas
Chick Lit, a genre appealing mainly to women, is characterized as having a female protagonist. All of the titles on this list of fiction books meet that description, plus have the added allure of a riveting, profound story.
CRRL My Librarian: Photography from Multiple Angles
A list of photography books on such varied topics as shooting landscapes, portraits, and close-ups; an overview of lighting and composition; and various projects to increase proficiency and creativity.
While I’ll read most anything, I’d have to say that women’s fiction is probably at the top of my list. Think Ann Patchett, Anne Tyler, Anna Quindlen (no, your name doesn’t have to be a form of “Ann” to qualify as one of my faves), Barbara Kingsolver, and Sue Miller. But, I also love Tom Franklin - Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter (about an outcast accused of a comely teen’s murder in the Deep South), and I just finished Station Eleven, an apocalyptic novel where 99% of the world’s population succumbs to virulent flu.
And, then there’s my obsession with everything related to the Great Outdoors - Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail and The Last Flight of the Scarlet Macaw. Finally, stories - both fiction and non-fiction - about foodies set my heart racing. If you haven’t picked up Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise, trust me, you’ll ADORE it!!
Working in libraries for over half of my life has given me MANY years of practice when it comes to matching each person with the perfect book choice. And, nothing gives me greater pleasure than having those same people return to gush enthusiastically about their custom-selected titles. I’m pretty certain I can find something for you that will complement your reading tastes and, hopefully, have you clamoring for MORE!