2012 Reading is Fundamental!!! Round 1

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

I once had a sociology professor whose office was floor to ceiling bookshelves. Any time you dare entered his domain, he would suddenly say something like "Over in that corner, third shelf down, there is a book by ****. Grab it, read it, get back to me..." I was constantly amazed. The book may have been written some fifty years prior or two months before, but inevitably,the text could be woven into the next assigned paper. It amazed me that Dr. North could tell you exactly where the book was in his office. He was a well read man, to be sure. One term, I took it as my personal challenge to record every book he referenced in his lecture. In a total of twenty lectures or class discussions (not including times that I may have spaced out or drifted off to sleep) I was able to track six hundred distinct entries. He provided Author, title, and synopsis! All his notes were handwritten with blue flair pens. I was impressed then and I am impressed still today. Dr. North was one of the 'older' professors on campus.

Many years I resolve to track the books that I read. Noting Titles, authors, and synopses! I have yet to meet that resolution for any given year. Now that I have reason to blog (and get three SparkPoints a day for blogging emoticon) I have decided that I will dedicate at least one blog per month to books read. Below is the first in the series....

emoticonBennett, Tricia. 2007. Polly Brown: A Modern Day Oliver With a Twist. Creation House: Lake Mary, Florida.
Part allegory, part reminiscent of Oliver Twist, this is the story of a young orphan. Polly connects with a tramp who came to the orphanage begging for food. He leads her on a journey of self discovery. In the process she learns that circumstances need not define her, and that she would not be left orphaned.

emoticonArdalan, Davar. 2007. My Name is Iran: A Memoir. Henry Holt and Company: New York.
Davar Ardalan, senior producer with NPR News shares family history and memories of three generations of women living between Iran and America. The stories shared date back as far as 1927. Ms. Ardalan shares her own memories of growing up in Iran, being married and living in Revolutionary Iran. She also shares glimpses of her mother and grandmother's lives. All three generations had spent part of their lives in Iran and part of their lives in America.

emoticonCastillo, Linda. 2009. Sworn to Silence. St Martin's Paperbacks: New York.
Kate Burkholder serves as Police Chief in Painter's Mill, Ohio, a small Amish/English community. The community is rocked by a series of brutal murders that remind all involved of a series of murders that had taken place sixteen years earlier. During the first series of murders, Kate is a member of the Amish community. Now she is the Chief of Police. She is determined to stop the killing but must come to terms with her past to do so.

emoticonLebra, Joyce. 2009. The Scent of Sake. Harper Collins: New York.
The story centers on Rie, the sole heir to the House of Omura a well established family of sake brewers in the early 1800's. A time and a culture when women had no place in the family business. Rie's parents arranged a marriage with a 'second son' from another brewers family. The expectation was that Rie would relinquish control of the business to her husband and that the business would continue in the control of the men of the family. From her parents generation to the generation of her grandchildren Rie opts to influence the family business in numerous ways.

emoticonMansfield, Stephen. 2003. The Faith of George W. Bush. Charisma House: Lake Mary, FL.
Mansfield presents the relational and practical faith of President George W. Bush. He describes the evolution of the President's faith and his journey from aristocratic playboy to President of the United States.
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    I love to read as well. Am in the library at least once a week. Right now I'm on a fantasy novel kick, but I also enjoy the occasional detective/suspense and spy novels. One of my favorite novelists of all time is Dick Francis. He writes stories set in the English Horseracing scene. Each novel incorporates a different aspect. But, that's not what makes them fascinating. His characters are so real and believable and you just fall in love with them and how changes that happen in their lives cause them to grow and become more self aware. I have read all his books at least 4 to 5 times over the past 20 years and I'm sure I will again.
    2875 days ago
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    2876 days ago
    I love this! What a great idea! You've given me something to think about and an idea or more for the next books I'll be looking to check out at the library. I planning on going there today before I read your blog. Nice timing ... lol emoticon
    2878 days ago

    I remember signing up for summer reading programs as a youngster (pre-teen years) at the local library. I never "won" because I would check out my 15-30 books, read them, return them, and THEN remember I was supposed to write them down on a sheet. Most of the time I could only remember the name and author of 5-10 of them.

    Your professor SERIOUSLY impresses me with that level of recall!
    2878 days ago
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