Boston, MA -- August 28, 2007

Meeting this reader was exciting for two reasons. One, because it was the first time on the trip that I encountered a San Francisco author! --Mary Roach. And two, because she was overlooking the swan boats, which I'd wanted to see ever since I read a book called The Trumpet of the Swan, by E.B. White, about a mute swan born in Montana whose father steals a trumpet from a Billings music store and, Lewis, plagued with guilt, tries to pay for the stolen trumpet in his adulthood by playing with the swan boats in Boston.

She just arrived in Boston and will be doing the AmeriCorps for a year. Her brother left this book at her house.

Recently she read One Day, All Children: The Unlikely Triumph of Teach for America and What I Learned Along the Way, by Wendy Kopp, the book about Teach for America, and The Ear, the Eye and the Arm, by Nancy Farmer, which she’d read in the sixth grade.

She’s doing City Year, where she’ll mentor kids in an after school program.

Books she recommends--The History of Love, by Nicole Krauss; House of Spirits, by Isabelle Allende; and One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

She read The History of Love when she was in Nicaragua for two weeks. It was one of the books her friend brought along. It’s about people coming together because of a book that was written and there's a wonderful surprise…it’s so honest, frank. And there’s elements like worry about family members, and an ending that brings everything all together.

What she likes about Boston, or will like—she’s from the suburbs and likes that it’s a city and that it’s a city with parks.


Cesar said...

rock on!. awesome book choice

Anonymous said...

that's my book