FFL Review: What we've read (and loved!) in 2010

As you might suspect, many of the librarians and support staff at the FFL share a common obsession: reading.  As we begin a new year I thought it would be fun to look back at some of our staff favorites. For more staff recommendations, stop by the library and check out the staff favorites section by the information desk! (Note: not all of the books listed below were published in 2010, just read by our staff in 2010)

Ashley Sperber, Clerk: “Best book, hands down, for me was "Hunger Games" (well, the whole trilogy was the best).  This set of books is written with stark beauty, exploring the depravity and the humanity of the human race in an extreme society.  It stunning in it's depth of emotion and simply one of the best trilogies written in years.  I might be laying it on thick, but it's the truth!”

Bobbi Hampson, Curator, Motto Sheet Music Collection: “I loved the Cookbook Collector by Allegra Goodman.  The literary references (part of the story takes place in a bookstore) were fun to identify and I loved the characters.  They were real people to me and I wanted to meet some of them.  And the romance touched my heart strings!”

Laurel Flanagan, Executive Assistant: “I really loved The Help. It is a fast read and I love when the underdog wins! Also good read: The Disappearing Act of Esme Lenox, a real wakeup call about how far women have come.”

Katie St. Laurent, Clerk: “Loved the entire Hunger Games series, loved Will Grayson, loved the Scott Pilgrim books. I am currently loving Packing
for Mars.”

Brenda Shea, Director of Community Relations: “I read “Eating Animals” by Jonathan Safran Foer and it opened my eyes to the reality of factory farms.  It’s not a book advocating vegetarianism, which surprised me.  It’s a well-written story about a new dad researching where his new baby’s food was coming from.  This process took him on an unbelievable journey exposing unsettling facts about the entire food industry.  Safran Foer reflects on early memories of sharing meals with his grandmother, and writes beautifully with humor and honesty about his family and their traditions, and his quest to get to the bottom of things.”

Ellen DuPree, Director of Reference and Information Services: “One of the surprisingly best books I read in 2010 was  “Tinkers” by Paul Harding. It contains no car chases, internet crimes, or sweaty scenes of any kind. It is a small book from a small press that leaves a large impression on the reader who enjoys good writing. Themes of sons and fathers, love and home, nature and health and the end of life are explored for a man who tinkered with clocks and had a father who was a tinker with epilepsy. If you enjoy David Frost, Henry David Thoreau, or Marilyn Robinson  you will not be wasting time with this 192 page Pulitzer prize winner.”

What are your favorite reads from 2010? Stop by the FFL and let us know!