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

Julian Barnes has written a beautiful book full of observations on relationships and the hindsight that only age can bring when looking back on a relationship that ended up defining Paul’s life and the life of his much older lover.
 
 
 
 
Set in the beautiful countryside of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, I enjoyed how author Karen Dionne used the landscape in bringing to life Helena’s troubled childhood, not only in description but as a vivid portrayal of living off the grid in a sometimes unforgiving environment. Weaving present day with her childhood memories, we learn of her upbringing, her parent’s relationship, and the actions Helena chose to take when younger that put her own family in danger when her father reappears in her life.

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