Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese: the first book read by my book club. A fabulous read that has also taught me the joy of sharing books and found family.
The Scarlet Letter; it was the first book I read where I realized the layers a story could contain, and that felt like magic.
My favorite answer is my husband’s answer: “my second favorite character.” But my favorite character might be Grady Tripp from Wonderboys, or Arthur Less from Less, or Nordstrom from The Man Who Gave Up His Name, and all those men need a big martini and a good nap.
Food science, ethnic cuisine, chaos
Nancy Drew and the Secret of the Old Clock. I still love Nancy! A strong female character with a great group of family and friends, helping people, solving mysteries, and driving a blue convertible! Goals!
I can’t pick a favorite but I would love to have a chat with Ian Fleming. What range… James Bond and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang!
My favorite character is the horse in Fallen Land… so…hay.
Watership Down by Richard Adams
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
I’d make Anne Eliott from Jane Austen’s Persuasion some toast and jam. She is so busy taking care of others and she needs someone to put her needs first for a change.
Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney is a gorgeous children’s picture book about traveling the world, living simply by the sea, and leaving the world a more beautiful place. As a kid, the illustrations and ideas inspired the way I dreamed about my life. Now, it reminds me that underneath all the big dreams, the little things like beautiful lupines are what make all the difference.
Besides writing and books, I love trying new restaurants, becoming a regular, learning about wine and whiskey, dancing at home, running outside, spending time with friends and family in the slow hours of the afternoon, and anything BBC. I love seeing live theatre, listening to a musician’s music until I know everything they’ve ever done, and watching movies once it’s dark. Also, Little House on the Prairie and Survivor. Forever.
The Miracle of Mindfulness
Assistant Kitchen Manager
The Aeneid! It made me realize that I want to work towards getting a masters in classics!
All That’s Left Unsaid by Tracey Lien
Most books have made some kind of impact on me. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern and The Book of Delights by Ross Gay are a couple.
Human sexuality and relationships! I’ve read several books on the topic (including my staff pick, Tell Me What You Want by Justin Lehmiller), and I’m starting grad school in Fall of 2022 to begin my journey towards becoming a licensed sex therapist.
The Round House by Louise Erdrich
Melodrama by Lorde, Reality TV, and some tasty pasta
The Ethical Slut
One book that changed my life, in the fact that it was one that impacted my love for reading while growing up, was The Castle in the Attic by Elizabeth Winthrop.
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
Sabriel by Garth Nix – My mom used to take us to the library once a week, and this was the first book I found which truly made me realize what fiction could do. Not only were the characters incredibly vibrant, the world Garth Nix built was immersive and absorbing.
Mesopotamian History, Military History, Middle Eastern History
If You Feel Too Much by Jamie Tworkowski
My Side of The Mountain. It inspired one of many of my runaway attempts.
Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
Boy, this is tough. I think the first book that comes to mind is The Saturday Night Ghost Club.