One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt. It was
chosen as part of the “New Voices” committee (see previous answer). I cried
like a baby, which is always the sign of a great book. The best thing about
this book is there is no fairy-tale ending. The ending will drop your jaw, and you’ll be thankful. It’s
hard to find an honest book that shows children they can’t always get what they
Are you a fiction or nonfiction
person? What’s your favorite literary genre? Any guilty pleasures?
all the way. Every now and then a nonfiction title catches my interest and I’ll
read it in its entirety (The Tiger by
John Vaillant). I can’t say that I have a favorite genre. I have to read so
many books so I know what to stock in our Children’s departments that it’s hard
to know what my favorite genre is anymore. Do children’s books count as a
genre? No, but I’ll take it. As for guilty pleasure, I read Twilight. Twice. Please don’t tell
What book had the greatest impact
used to buy me books all the time when I was a child; he loved to see me
reading. When I was 9 years old he gave me a copy of Lois Lowry’s Anastasia at Your Service, and inscribed
it to me, with all his love. My uncle passed away shortly after giving me that
book. Almost 20 years later, I met Lois Lowry here at the book store, and
brought in that same beat up copy. She also signed it, with “after all this
time”. It is the one book that I could never live without. It makes me smile
and cry just thinking about it.
What is your ideal reading
experience? Your reading habits?
reading experience is curled up on a couch surrounded by pillows and my purring
cats with a big fat mug of coffee within arms reach. My reading habits vary,
but I have the bad habit of reading while walking, which leads to angry Miami
drivers honking at me as I cross streets deep in a book. I also never by a
purse if it can’t fit a book in it.
Do you prefer a book that makes
you laugh or cry? One that teaches you something or distracts you?
I’m so sensitive and can cry over almost anything (Pixar movies!), I prefer
books that make me laugh. Distraction is always nice. Too much new information
in one book tends to feel like a text book and I can’t always retain all the
written by Chelsea Handler has made me laugh so hard I cried. My husband read
me the first chapter of Chelsea Chelsea
Bang Bangwhile I was driving, and I had to pull over because I couldn’t
see through all the tears that my hysterical laughter was producing.
If you could meet any writer, dead
or alive, who would it be? What would you want to know?
King. I’d want to know if he would sign the giant stack of books I had with me
(between my husband and I, we own everything he’s ever written). Honestly, I’d just want to grab a beer
with him and just chat.