Job Title: Book Buyer
On your nightstand now: Half-Drowned King by Linnea Hartsuyker, First 90 Days by Michael Watkins, Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen, Man in the High Castle by Philip K Dick, and the current issue of Harvard Business Review.
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

David Sheff’s story of his son’s meth addiction is both heart-wrenching and full of love and hope. Through David’s eyes, we experience the frustration of his son’s repeated rehab visits, the battle between loving and fearing his own son, and learning that sometimes there is no easy answer or fix but try to live day by day.
A wonderfully subtle, quirky story about the expectations placed on women to marry, have a family and, if neither of those, then at least to have a career! Keiko is different in that she enjoys the stability and structure that comes from working at a convenience store. She is one of their best workers and is recognized and praised for her consistency and focus on being an ideal employee. However, her friends and family don't understand her or how she could be happy with her life. When Keiko ends up with a live-in boyfriend, she has to figure out the right way forward in her life that will continue to bring her joy. Keiko is a lovable and memorable character living on her terms; a timely, unique story.

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