San Diego, CA -- Imperial Beach -- July 18, 2007

They're here all together, from Southern Utah and Michigan, for a family reunion. There are thirty of them and, at any given time, at least ten of them will be reading at once. If you were to walk into the house, said the woman in pink, you'd think it was a crime scene--everyone lying all over the place.
Left : Reading Snowflower and the Secret Fan, by Lisa See. Recently she read Object Lessons, by Anna Quindlen. If she were to write her own book it'd be about her friends and family at the beach--like now! She loaned her mother Twilight, by Stephanie Meyers, which received a lot of teasing for. It's a love story between a human and a vampire. (If I got this wrong, let me know, I'm reading over my notes two days later and now I'm not sure.)

Middle: Reading Forever, by Pete Hamill. One of her favorite books is The Greatest Man in Cedar Hole, by Stephanie Doyan, which is about the top two kids in sports and academics growing up and how later in life, they are able to be compassionate towards each other. Her daughter is reading the second book in the Little House on the Prairie series, by, Laura Ingalls Wilder, which surprises her--she never liked them growing up. She preferred Nancy Drew. Her husband's favorite book--The Divinci Code, by Dan Brown. She laughed and said it's the only thing she's ever seen him read.

Right: Reading Summer Reading, by Hilma Wolitzer. It's set in South Hampton and looks at social classes through three different story lines--a privileged society woman, a maid, and a woman who runs a summer reading group. Also in her bag is a book is Saturday, by Ian McEwan, which her husband loaned her. Inside the book he'd tucked a bookmark that reads, "Always read stuff that makes you look good if you die in the middle." The last book she gave him to read was The Kite Runner. Three years ago her son got married and she's thrilled that his wife shares her tastes in reading. They trade books back and forth. The last she gave her was The Memory Keeper's Daughter, by Kim Edwards. Her daughter-in-law gave her Jewell, by Brett Lott and they both have just finished The Way We Never Were, by Stephanie Coontz, which is a look at the not-so-idyllic 1950s, how not everyone, including minority women didn't really have it so great.

What else is the family reading? --the Mom, she's reading, as mentioned above,
Twilight, by Stephanie Meyers. The eighteen-year old nephew--1776, by David McCullough. The seventeen year old nephew--Catch 22, by Joseph Heller. Also, and I forget who-- Gilead, by Marilynne Robinson.

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