Sunday, May 6, 2007

Wendy's List

Here's the final list!

1. Place Last Seen, by Charlotte McGuinn Freeman - This book is a touching novel about a lost child and the search which ensues to find her. It represents me on a couple of levels. I have been involved in Search and Rescue for almost ten years now (the first 7 of those years was with a my Search and Rescue dog - Caribou- and now I'm a certified Tracker I for my county team). In addition, the child in this novel has Down's Syndrome. As a licensed Physical Therapist, I work with children and adults with developmental disability. McGuinn Freeman does an outstanding job of portraying both the search teams and the family of this little girl.

2. A Walk in the Woods, by Bill Bryson - A non fiction memoir of the author's trek along the Appalachian Trail. I am a hiker and a lover of nature, and I have a good sense of humor. Bryson's account is hysterically funny and I found that although I have never hiked the Appalachian Trail, I could relate to his escapades!

3. In The Shadow Of Man, by Jane Goodall - Non fiction book about Jane Goodall's work with chimpanzees in Gombe National Park in Africa. As a child I wanted to be Jane Goodall! I love animals and her job seemed like the perfect job to me. I was lucky enough to meet Ms. Goodall several years ago after she gave a talk at the Oakland Zoo in Oakland, California. I had a lot of things I wanted to ask her, but I was struck dumb in her presence! She is an incredible woman. My copy of this book is autographed, so I treasure it even more!

4. The Borrowers, by Mary Norton - This was one of my favorite books as a child. I loved the idea of a family of little people living under the floorboards - with my wild imagination, I could almost hear them in my own house! I actually read the entire series several times, borrowing the books over and over again from my local library. I have vowed to get a copy of this series for my home library - I can't believe I don't have it already!

5. The Hotel New Hampshire, by John Irving - This was the first Irving book I read and the one that made me a die-hard fan of his. I grew up in rural New England (New Hampshire) and I was captivated by Irving's quirky characters. I think I relate to John Irving's novels because of his character development; the way he captures the eccentricities of people; the way he demonstrates the fine balance of weaknesses and strengths. And who can resist a book about a family with a pet bear?


Lisa said...

oooohhhhh, caribou is a DOG!!! I never knew....see, I'm learning things about you already and I haven't even read your book choices yet!!!! :)

Wendy said...

Yes, Caribou is a dog (I'm strange, but not strange enough to name a child Caribou - *laughs*). People get confused by my license plate too. It is: BOUFNDU

Do you know what it means????

sally906 said...

I alway thought a Caribou was a type of deer :)

Hey I loved Walk in the woods - was the most laugh out loud book I had read for a long time. Loved his advice for what to do if you see a big bear - run, it gives you something to do with the last 5 seconds of your life - LOL

Bonnie Jacobs said...

BOUFNDU ... Do you know what it means????

Sure, it means (Cari)-BOU found YOU. Am I right?

Wendy said...

You're right, Bonnie! You'd be surprised how many people think I'm talking about some sort of weird fondue :)

Sally - if you saw the size of my dog's ears you'd know how she got her name LOL - plus it's just a cool name!

Anonymous said...

Wow, I loved the Borrowers as a child, too. Good to see you've added it as a challenge book!

Maryanne Moll said...

The Borrowers is just so delightful! I absolutely adored that book, but because I've read it while I was very young, I remember only parts of it.

Hmm. Amazon!

tinylittlelibrarian said...

I loooove the Borrowers! My parents and I still blame them when something goes missing, over 20 years after I read them. And I still think Arietty is a lovely name. :)

Dewey said...

I loved the Borrowers as a kid. And The Hotel New Hampshire is a favorite of mine, but have you seen the movie? AWFUL. I mean, a disaster! In spite of Jodie Foster.

I think I might pick the Bryson, because I too love nature and hiking.

Wendy said...

It's fun to see how many people love The Borrowers!

Dewey: I didn't see the movie - I usually hate movies made from my favorite books; they never seem to live up to the book and it always makes me angry when they change the endings!