Otis Library Asks:
What are you reading?

Book reviews and best sellers lists are all well and good, but sometimes the best books are those you hear about from word of mouth. With that in mind, the Otis Library asks “What are you reading?” Add their recommendations to your own reading list! Remember to ask at the Information Desk if you need help locating one of these books.

Our reader this month is:
Patty Small
President, Friends of Otis Library

My love of libraries started in my childhood. I was a library latch key kid (before it was improper!), and many librarians were my second mothers. I was raised by my father, who was an English Major, and he loved reading books and was a very fast reader. I was, as a child, a slow reader, and still am. Hence my love of audio books!

I recommend: True Compass by Edward M. Kennedy. I loved this book. It brought me back to my childhood. My aunt worked for a law professor at Yale who was very close to the Kennedy clan. Some of the same tactics used by the elder Kennedys were used at our evening meals.

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch. A very moving book. I’ve recommended this book to many people, and in fact gave it away as a Christmas gift to several friends. I believe this is a “must read” for any family in today’s world.


The Help by Kathryn Stockett is one of the few books I’ve read and seen the movie!

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar by Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein

In a Fisherman’s Language by Captain James Aruda Henry

I also like the simple holiday reads of Richard Paul Evans and Mitch Albom.

On the list of future reads:
I’m drawn to memoirs, and enjoy people’s personal stories. I recently heard a review on Faith Middleton’s radio show (I love her book review program!) of An Improvised Life: A Memoir by actor Alan Arkin. That is on my list of upcoming books to read, along with Generosity Unbound: How American Philanthropy Can Strengthen the Economy and Expand the Middle Class by Claire Gaudiani. Also, What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank by Nathan Englander, and two books by Daniel J. Levitin, This is your Brain on Music: The Science of Human Obsession and The World in Six Songs: How the Musical Brain Created Human Nature.




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