HORICON - Nancy Pearl lived up to her billing as a "super librarian" during a Wednesday afternoon visit to the Horicon Public Library.
The retired Seattle librarian and author of
books about the love of reading shared that love with her audience, saying "I came by my love of books honestly. I grew up doing nothing but reading. And now, speaking about good books to read - books that I think need a wider readership than they have."
Pearl's "Book Lore' and "More Book Lore" contain titles of 3,000 of her all-time favorite books, some dating back to her reading days at at seven. Citing her listing topped by the Horicon read book "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee, Pearl said "I did a real variety."
Books and authors Pearl discussed Wednesday afternoon included:
n Paul Collins - "The Trouble with Tom - The Strange Afterlife and Times of Thomas Paine."
n Mary Doria Russell - "A Thread of Grace" - "Pretty amazing story about the last years of World War II in Italy. It makes you think about what you would do under the circumstances."
n Benjamin Kunkel - "Indecision" - "Somewhat like 'Catcher in the Rye'."
n Zadie Smith - "On Beauty" - "Living in a multi-racial multi-colored world in 1922."
n Charles Mann - "1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus" - "Excellent reading."
n Mary Roach - "Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife" - "Who knows?"
n Kristen den Hartog - "Origin of Halos" - "A great book about a female athlete."
n Michael Gruber - "The Witch's Boy", M.T. Anderson - "Whales on Stilts" and Lois Ehlert - "Leaf Man" - "All three great children's books."
n Brad Matsen - "Descent: The Heroic Discovery of the Abyss" - "For armchair adventurers."
n Julie Ann Peters - "Luna" - "Young adult novel about a trans-gendered teen."
n Peter Abraham - "Oblivion" - "A terrific mystery"
n Elizabeth Crane - "All This Heavenly Glory" - "The story of a girl to her mid 30's with a happy ending."
n J.R. Moehringer - "The Tender Bar" - "About an abusive father. A good gift for a man."
n Poetry Speaks to Children" - a collection of poetry for six to 12 years with a CD.
n Judy Schachner - "Skippyjon Jones" - "A Siamese cat who believes he is a chihuahua. A wonderfully funny book. Don't miss it."
n Kevin Brockmeier - "The Brief History of the Dead." - "An amazing novel that is coming out in February.
"That is a very few of my favorite books. Most are available here in this gorgeous library. And the wonderful people working here can help you find lots and lots of books to read," Pearl said.
According to Pearl, every book tells the reader how fast they want to read. "Some of you just dash through because you want to know what happened. Some are so slow. I am not a fast reader. I find myself vocalizing. I have arranged my life so that I don't do a thing but read. I don't garden. I don't cook. Do I want to read a book or watch TV or read a newspaper? I always choose a book" Pearl said, adding "Go forth and read."