Atlantic City, NJ -- August 26, 2007

Reading California Girl, by Patricia Rice--some good summer reading that her husband picked up for her. What they like about New Jersey--they live close to the shore and nature. Usually they go to other beaches, but decided to try this one today.

Her husband's favorite book--I didn't take his picture, but picture a man draped in an American flag towel--Papillon, by the Frenchman Henri Chariere-- a true story of a man charged unjustly, and sent to Devil’s Island near Guiana, a penal colony. He read the book when he was a teenager and was engrossed. It was moving. The inhumanity, and then the triumph of escaping. He read in an English translation. It’s an interesting story. A fellow at work gave it to his Dad to read.

He was reading Close to Shore: The Terrifying Shark Attacks of 1916, by Michael Capuzzo. It takes place on the Jersey shore. Hasn't kept them out of the water, though. I told them about how the (far and beyond) bestseller at the Grand Canyon bookstores that I visited on my trip was Over the Edge, Death in the Grand Canyon, by Michael G. Ghiglieri and Thomas M. Myers. They print a new edition every six months. People really want to know what could have killed them on vacation.

Her favorite books--Tolkien’s The Hobbit and the LOR series. She enjoyed reading it to her kids, who were, at that time, too young to read it on their own. Now they’re all young adults.

She hasn’t read anything good lately. She’s been busy--her life is active. She volunteers.

He recently read Had Enough?: A Handbook for Fighting Back, by James Carville, a democratic political strategist.

If she were to write her own book—it would have to be a reinforcement of good over evil. She likes the type of positive feeling in life and anything that would convey that attitude.

He would write a story of the first American Pope.

They are proud of their state, of their Jersey tomatoes and corn, that there’s so much agriculture in the southern part of the state. Cranberries and blueberries
That’s why it’s called the garden state.

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