Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, January 23, 2017
Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, January 16, 2017
A couple of his favorite authors are Ken Follett and John Grisham.
He is visiting Australia from England and says that if you go to a pub in London chances are it'll be an Australian who'll serve you a pint.
Other vacation reading he's brought along is The Search, by C.P. Snow, which is about the life of a scientist, written in the 1930s, and was a gift from his Mum. He'll also read a book about World War I, another Christmas gift.
Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, January 09, 2017
One of her favorite authors is Geraldine Brooks, who won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2006 for her book March. March is a re-telling of Little Women from the perspective of Mr. March, who is called away to participate in the American Civil War.
Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, January 02, 2017
Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, December 26, 2016
When he does read for fun, one of the genres he likes is sports autobiographies. He read Hitting Back: The Autobiography, by Andy Murray, a tennis player from his home country, Scotland, who became number 1 in the world this past November. He also enjoyed reading Four Men in a Boat: The Inside Story of the Sydney 2000 Coxless Four, about the 2000 Olympics and Great Britain's rowing team, by Tim Foster, Rory Ross.
Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, December 19, 2016
Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, December 12, 2016
He is reading Strange Shores, by Arnaldur Indridason. He got it in one of the free libraries that look like birdhouses.
Something good he read recently was The Instructions, by Adam Levin. His favorite author is Mikhail Bulgakov. He's read almost everything Bulgakov has written. A couple that stand out are Heart of a Dog, Master and Margarita, and a biography of Molière.
Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, December 05, 2016
Late Saturday night I was on my way home, my flight was delayed, and I was hoping it wouldn't be delayed even more. I was pacing up and down concourses in the airport trying to stay awake, frustrated that the wireless at the airport was too finicky to let me upload a new library book to my Overdrive account, when one of my favorite people sent me a link to an article entitled The Need to Read, by Will Schwalbe. Even reading the title of buoyed me up, even though I couldn't read the article in its entirety because I don't subscribe to the Wall Street Journal. The following afternoon I realized that if you do a search for the article instead of following the link, you don't need to be a subscriber. Check it out, and check back for a reader next week. Happy Thanksgiving!
Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, November 28, 2016
Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, November 21, 2016
these novels, which I found on Wikipedia.
Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, November 14, 2016
Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, November 07, 2016
His favorite book is The Sands of Time, by Sidney Sheldon. It's an adventure romance about nuns who flee a Spanish convent when it is raided by the Spanish army. He started reading it when he was in San Quentin, and didn't finish. He said the superstition is, if you don't finish a book you start in prison, you'll be back. He did finish it later, and not in prison, impelled to keep reading not by superstition, but because it was a good book.
Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, October 31, 2016
Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, October 24, 2016
Usually I remember to take a photo of the cover of the book. This time I forgot. I think it was the ear buds. I always feel a conscious that I'm interrupting someone who is wearing earbuds, and want to make the conversation as short as possible. I did ask him if he had a favorite book or a favorite author, but he hesitated before answering, and then explained that he didn't want to give an answer without taking time to think about it. Most people are initially stumped when I ask them this question, and some give an answer, but it's always a tense moment. It's a big question they aren't expecting. I wonder, how many of the people who are able to give me an answer think of a different answer after we finish talking.
Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, October 17, 2016
Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, October 10, 2016
Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, October 03, 2016
On Mission Street
His favorite book is The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho, because it's about the journey. I asked him if life's journey is a part of his talks and he said yes. He told me that part of his own personal journey has been standing still when faced with adversity. Sometimes it's about just not taking a step backwards.
Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, September 26, 2016
His current favorite writer is Anne Carson, an award winning Canadian translator, poet, and essayist, who has a background in the classics.
Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, September 19, 2016
One of his favorite books is The Things They Carried, by Tim O'Brien, about what the soldiers carried with them in Vietnam. He said he usually does not like reading books with lists, but this book wasn't just a book of lists. It talked about the soldiers' whole lives.
Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, September 12, 2016