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What is the favorite book you remember as a child?
The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury really knocked me out when I was thirteen—great stories with poetic use of language. I remember reading The Martian Chronicles and The Golden Apples of the Sun by Bradbury soon after that and finding the same alluring combination of good storytelling with skilled use of language. I also really enjoyed reading The Hobbit and the The Lord of the Rings trilogy in high school.
What is your favorite book today?
My favorite recently read book is the novel All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. A book I’ve read and enjoyed several times is One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
Tell us about your current book in 10 words.
Man overcomes child abuse and nightmarish marriage, finds true love.
What are you reading right now?
I’m reading the 2015 O. Henry Prize Stories. Other recent books include Fortune Son by John Fogerty, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, Shotgun Lovesongs by Nikolas Butler, Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff, and The Goldfinch by Donna Tart.
What books do you have on hold at the library?
Euphoria by Lily King.
Least favorite book you've read this year?
I thought The Goldfinch was going to be one of the best books I’d ever read, but it fell apart at the end, in my opinion.
Favorite book you've read this year?
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. Great story with brilliant use of language.
When do you do most of your reading?
Print books on my days off. Audio books while I’m commuting to work.
Literary fiction, memoir, and crime fiction.
What would make you not finish a book?
If I lose my trust that I’m in the skilled hands of an author who can deliver on his/her promises.
Less than Human follows an unconventional path, arranged as much by theme and association as by chronology. These stories take many forms, from driving narrative to lyrical reverie, at times evoking mythic overtones, and this variety, along with an unflinching confrontation with the conditions and consequences of childhood abuse, create its own form of suspense--in what direction will this book take us next?
While the zookeeper threw apples into the makeshift pool and coaxed the elephants to swim to retrieve them, he recited a long string of facts. These awe-inspiring creatures have 150,000 muscles in their trunks and they can use this appendage to suck up to 15 quarts of water at a time, which they then squirt into their mouths. Also, he said, elephants can hear with their ears, trunks, and feet. In addition, these captivating mammals are believed to have the same level of intelligence as dolphins and non-human primates and they can feel grief, make music, show compassion and kindness, mother one another’s infants, play, use tools, and recognize themselves in mirrors.
When some of the elephants exited the pool, they used their trunks to throw dirt on their backs.
“Dad, what are they doing?” Ben asked.
“Putting on sunscreen,” I said.
The boys giggled.
The zookeeper continued to lecture, but we tuned him out and focused solely on the elephants as the great gray wrinkly creatures with the small dark eyes and long eyelashes and formidable, floppy ears shaped like the African continent bobbed and swayed in the hot July afternoon. Perhaps the boys’ minds wandered briefly to Babar, one of their favorite books about an anthropomorphized elephant, just as mine may have flashed briefly upon the proverbial elephant in the room at home, but our thoughts quickly returned to the magnificent elephants and our simple but immense male joy.
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