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We asked staff, trustees and patrons for the name and some information about their favorite books. We would love to hear from you too! Send us an email with the title of your favorite book and a reason why you enjoy it so much.

Chris Bliss chose: The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy - This is a perfectly written book about Victorian and Edwardian England. I found the characters unforgettable and I loved them all.

Warren Lucas: Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck - This story of two migrants is simple but enjoyable with depth and symbolism.

Simone Loeffel: Charlotte's Web by E.B. White - This is the perfect book for all ages. It is a masterpiece of fantasy fiction.

Courtney Stark: A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini - I loved the storyline and the emotion. A Thousand Splendid Suns is the succcessor to Hosseini's wildly popular book about Afghanistan, The Kite Runner.

Peggy Leder: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell - I loved this authentic love story abou the Old South. It remains my favorite book.

Susan Moyer: The Help by Kathryn Stockett - This is the best book I've read in a long time! help

Mary Rubini: The Help by Kathryn Stockett - I agree with Susan! The Help chronicles the lives of black domestic servants in Mississippi in 1962.

Carolyn Reznick: Goodbye to All That by Robert Graves - Graves wrote this account of his childhood and time in the trenches of World War I in 1929, ten years after the end of the war. It is considered to be one of the best memoirs of World War I and expresses his profound dissolutionment with war. It has been compared to Tim O' Brien's autobiographical account of the Vietnam War, The Things They Carried.

Karl Zuk: Still Alice by Lisa Genova- A wonderful and moving essay on alzheimer's disease.

Mary Ann Pashigian: Citizen Vince by Jess Walter - Evocative of Richard Russo - great character development.

Jean Goldsmith: The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston - Brilliant, evocative writing and an unusual inside/outside look at a lesser known part of a Chinese woman's experiences. Interestingly, it includes the legend that Disney's Mulan is based on. woman_warrior

Beth Tessler: The Last Bridge by Teri Coyne - The family dynamics kept my interest.

Pat Stepanovic: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen - My favorite book of all time; a great story with a wonderful use of language and subtlety.

Emily  Burt: The Good Earth - Beautifully written and informative.

Diane Balch:  Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf - I loved this book because you get to experience all the thoughts in a person's head for one day.

Tina R.:  M*A*S*H  by H. Richard Hornberger - Much better than the TV show!

Tim Purdy: The Builders of the Bridge by David Barnard Steinman - about the Brooklyn

Mari Kennedy:  All of Dennis LeHane's books - Great characters and beautiful prose.

LM:  Lord of the Rings  by J.R.R. Tolkien- It has an unpronounced beauty that tugs at the heart and depicts a lost time of innocence.

Mary Pat Campbell:  Goedel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas Hofstadter - Beautiful linking of music, logic and art.

Alex Brewer:  A Fan's Notes by Frederick Exley - "That long malaise, my life..."

Ty Togonon:  Animal Farm by George Orwell- Animal Farm depicts the Russian Revolution in an easy to understand format.

Jean Goldsmith: A River Runs Through it  by Norman Maclean and The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston - both of these books are brilliantly written with genuine insights and totally compelling story-telling.

Debbie Lubitz: Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett - rich in detail, wonderful full character development and a compelling story.