Hartford, CT -- August 27, 2007

Reading No Lesser Plea, by Robert K. Tanenbaum.

Her favorite books of all time—Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, also I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelo.

What would her book be about? The tears and the need for laughter.

She was born in Jamaica and grew up in Stamford. What she likes about Hartford--it’s soon to be the place to be. The city is being rebuilt, there are lots of things to do—like going the Antheneum, a world class art museum…they’re building an inner city youth center next to the Health Service on Hartford Avenue to get kids off the streets. There are lots of Jamaican restaurants. She recommends Russells, downtown. It has an eclectic menu—Jamaican food with a twist. She likes the jerk sandwich.

Right now she’s also reading The Da Vinci Code and Hamlet. Her mom taught her that, for every Nancy Drew you read, you’ve gotta read a classic. When she was young she read Dickens, Alice in Wonderland, Huck Finn….

Books that have helped her go through times of her life? I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and Black Beauty, by Anna Sewell--she’d always wanted a horse.

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