Thanks to some last minute help we have additional "By the Book" posts and will post those after the April break. In the meantime, today's blog features a BONUS round, inspired by the bingo game at yesterday's staff meeting!
In addition to the questions I lifted for our purposes, the "By the Book" feature also routinely includes the question "What books are on your nightstand?" For example, here is Harlan Coben's response:
Anna Quindlen’s “Still Life With Bread Crumbs,” ... and “The Stack and Tilt Swing,” by Michael Bennett and Andy Plummer...“Stack and Tilt” is a manual about how to swing a golf club, something I do often and terribly. I made the mistake of taking up golf late in life. I would have been better served taking up grinding glass shards into my eyes or removing my internal organs with a grapefruit spoon.
If you would like to participate, please include the books currently on your nightstand in the comments section below, along with any recommendations you might have.
Books currently on my nightstand:
A Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar (Joinson); The Great Alone (Hannah); The Summer Before the War (Simonson); Stay Where You Are Then Leave (Boyne); and The Stories of John Cheever. I found my old copy of John Cheever in a box while cleaning. I grabbed the others on my last trip to the RPL before it closed along with everything else. An interesting list - a book about being alone in the wilds of China, a book about being alone in the wilds of Alaska, and two books about World War I. Perhaps I had a sense of the uncertain times ahead?