Nancy Pearl talks to Steve Scher and the folks around the table about their favorite books.
We had such a good time asking this question a few weeks back, we thought we'd ask folks again to bring in a favorite book they'd saved on the bookshelf at home. We thought asking for a favorite would be a much easier choice then asking a reader to pick the favorite book, but it turns out still to be a tough choice.
Nancy’s favorite book of all time is the novel A Gay and Melancholy Sound, by Merle Miller. It’s a long book about young man recounting his life through a series of reel-to-reel tape recordings. It is a great for book clubs and was the first of her Book Lust Rediscovery Imprints available on Amazon.
Amazing that she can even answer that question, considering the thousands of books she reads. She loves the voice of the narrator, a young man who grew up with very difficult parents and had to come to terms with childhood in order to live a good life. She says, though, that it is the writing that always blows her away, and still does, after many re-reads.
Favorites From Other Folks Around The Table
The Five Languages of Appreciation In The Workplace, Gary D. Chapman
Anthill, E.O. Wilson
Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison
Love Medicine, Louise Erdrich, also, A Plague of Doves, The Roundhouse- Nancy finds them strong books that illuminate a group of people and a place. And she finds her writing just stunning.
The Tiger’s Wife, Tea Obret
The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin, H.W. Brands. Nancy calls Brands one of our best contemporary historians.