Job Title: Book Buyer
Favorite book when I was a child: Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle and Socks by Beverly Cleary
My top five authors: Anne McCaffrey, Anne Lamott, Margaret Murie, Anthony Trollope, and Terry Tempest Williams
Book I’ve faked reading: Not too many…I admit when I haven’t read something. Maybe Moby Dick
Book I am an evangelist for: Perdido Street Station by China Mieville and When Women Were Birds by Terry Tempest Williams
Book you’ve bought for the cover: Summer Dragon by Todd Lockwood
Book that changed my life: When Women Were Birds by Terry Tempest Williams, Traveling Mercies by Anne Lamott.
Book I most want to read again for the first time: Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Book I’d take with me to a desert island: Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway
Favorite quotation: “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” -Mary Oliver
Song that has played the most on my MP3 player: Acrobat by U2
Best way to spend a weekend: Being outdoors bird watching or bike riding, spending time with my partner, and walking my dog.
Your go-to pick for movie night: Anything by Alfred Hitchcock
Favorite vacation destination: Any National Park; Crater Lake is one of my favorites
Window or Aisle: Either, just not in the middle!
What is the first giveaway that a book is going to be good: If there is a character that I want to get to know better…
Best TV or Movie adaptation of a book: Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
Book character you would like to play in a movie: Evie O’Neill from Libba Bray’s The Diviners, although I’m probably too old.
Website you have spent the most time reading: New York Times

Cathy's Recent Reviews

Based on a real reform school in Florida that was in operation for over 100 years, Colson Whitehead has written an engaging story about race in the 1960’s Jim Crow south. Ellwood and Turner are two boys who become friends when they end up at the reform school and who approach life very differently, one trying to live up to the ideals of Martin Luther King, Jr and the other who has learned to preserve his life any way he can. The story weaves through how they learned to survive at the reform school and then many years later in adulthood still living with the aftermath of their treatment at the school. This story will stick with you long after you’re done.
Daisy Jones & the Six defined the 70’s rock scene! What, you haven’t heard of them? Written about a fictional band from the 1970’s and in an interview format that makes it hard to put down. If you love reading music biographies, give this a try.

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