Francoise Renoir just issued a meme about what books influence our lives. It's a little bit late because I was taking care of my niece, aka the Little Pistol. It's always tricky to talk about books, because your taste might not be like any other person's, or they might look at your picks and say, sheesh, that's a sucky book she's talking about. However, I'll take a chance and put it out there.
1. One book that changed your life: Oh, this is a hard one. Believe it or not, it's a little book called From Anna by Jean Little. It's the story of a little girl named Anna who goes with her family to Canada. She's always been known as Awkward Anna, the dumkof, the one who couldn't do anything right. She gets her eyesight checked and she's nearly blind. She goes to a special school and her life changes. I think I loved this book because I went through some of the exact things Anna did (only mine was a learning disability) It proved to me if Anna got through so would I, and I clung to that hope.
2. One book that you’ve read more than once: With my favorite books, I try to reread scenes to get how the writer did it, how he/she set the scene. One of these books was Forever by Judy Blume. I've re-read this one several times to see how Blume did it, show this contraversial story yet never talking down to her readers.
3. One book you’d want on a desert island: Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott. I heart this book so much. Anytime I am stuck on something writing wise, I open this book again and Lamott's writing is a calm voice to my worried nerves.
4. One book that made you laugh: The Princess Diaries, Meg Cabot-I was reading this on BART once and there was one part when Mia was talking about how she unplugged the televison set after Princess Diana died because she was so upset, then had to figure out how to plug it back in so she could watch something on the Sci-Fi channel.
5. One book that made you cry: Spilling Open, Sabrina Ward Harrison-there was something so raw and honest about what she wrote that made me cry.
6. One book that you wish you had written: A Little Princess, Frances Hodgon Burnett
7. One book that you wish had never been written: Like Francoise, who am I to judge what shouldn't have been written? Well, I'll be a bit snarky. Scarlett by Alexandra Ripley. It just wasn't necessary to find out what Scarlett did when she went back to Tara.
8. One book you’re currently reading: Alice Waters and Chez Panisse, Thomas McNamee-Alice Waters is one of my heroes. She walks her walk and talks her talk. Seeing the back story with Chez Panisse is amazing.
9. One book you’ve been meaning to read: Sophie's Choice, William Styron-someday I'll be brave enough and read this one.
10. One book you recommend to almost everyone: Usually if I read a great novel, I recommend it to people right away. The one book I've been recommending to all writers is How To Be A Famous Writer Before You Die, by Ariel Gore, for people wanting a good novel The Liar's Diary by Patry Francis, and all the Olivia books by Ian Falconer.
Causes Jennifer Gibbons Supports
Gilda's Club, Greenpeace, Rosie's Broadway Kids,Westwind Foster Family Agency, Amber Brown Fund, Linda Duncan Fund for Contra Costa Libraries