Reading Iberia, A Great Land as Experienced by a Master Writer, by James A. Michener, in preparation for possibly moving to Iberia, located in the southern part of Spain, where she would do social work. She grew up in the Midwest but, in addition to the Bay Area, has lived in Mexico and South America. She enjoys living in new places.

Her favorite book of all time--The Hobbit, by Tolkien. She says that it's almost a parent book of Harry Potter, that J.K. Rowlings took a lot of things from it and also from, she's discovering, Star Wars, which she's now reading for the first time. For instance, the seeker ball and chess pieces that move by themselves.

Another favorite book--The Phantom Tollbooth, by Norton Juster and Jules Feiffer. In the sixth grade her teacher started reading it to her class, but, when another teacher tattled to the principle--apparently its literary value wasn't thought to be estimable--her teacher was forced to stop reading it. When she picked it up as an adult she was surprised by not only how good it was, but also things that she understood more with perspective. For instance, the land of the doldrums, where people moved very slowly. When you're a kid you just think it's funny that people move so slow but as an adult you realize, these people are depressed!