Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Mother and books

My mother always reads what I recommend. She is currently spending time in the hospital. She first went in for pneumonia. Now her stay has been extended for a biopsy of a persistent infected area in one lung. So, she asked me to bring some books from the library where I work (a small Catholic school library with over 10,000 books.) She requested "Daughter of the Mountains" by Louise Rankin, her favorite book of the dozens and dozens she has read since I've worked here (in my fifth year). She says this book is so gentle and sweet that middle school students should be forced to read it to render their hormonal behavior more controllable. My mother is a hoot! The nurses told me she is ornery. They have no idea!

Anyway, I took "Officer Buckle and Gloria," winner of the Caldecott gold medal for the best in children's books in 1995. She didn't want me to leave it for fear someone would see her with a CHILDREN'S BOOK!! Oh my! But when she told me about it on my next visit, a big face of joy presented itself to me. Oh yes, children's books are all that!!

Officer Buckle and Gloria

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A favorite souvenir
These are my two girls from Ireland!

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Books on my very ambitious TBR list (*denotes read)

  • *Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever by Mem Fox
  • The Odd Women by George Gissing
  • The Zen of Fish by Trevor Corson
  • How to Get Your Child to Love Reading by Esme Raji Codell
  • The Cod Tale by Mark Kurlansky
  • In This House of Brede by Rumer Godden
  • *Joan of Arc by Mark Twain
  • Dag Hammarskjold by Elizabeth Rider Montgomery
  • The Wisdom in the Hebrew Alphabet by Rabbi Michael L. Munk
  • Children of Strangers by Lyle Saxon
  • Spiritual Writings by Flannery O'Connor
  • Nightmares and Visions: Flannery O'Connor and the Catholic Grotesque by Gilbert H. Muller
  • The Violent Bear It Away by Flannery O'Connor
  • Flannery O'Connor's South by Robert Coles
  • Wise Blood by Flannery O'Connor
  • Sylvanus Now by Donna Morrissey
  • *Vincent de Paul by Margaret Ann Hubbard
  • Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
  • A Briefer History of Time by Stephen Hawking
  • The Library at Night by Alberto Manguel
  • Readicide by Kelly Gallagher
  • *Ruined by Paula Morris
  • Say You're Not One of Them by Uwem Akpan
  • Wandering Star by J.M.G. Le Clezio
  • Silence by Shusaku Endo
  • *The Assault by Harry Mulisch
  • Kari's Saga by Robert Jansson
  • *The German Mujahid by Boualem Sansal
  • Western Skies by Joseph Conrad
  • *The Giver by Lois Lowery
  • *Imperium by Ryszard Kapuscinski

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A semester course in one book about the Soviet Union. Click on image for my review.