What’s in a stack o’ books?
What’s in your stack o’ books? ID ours and win a ticket to Nantucket Book Festival’s (www.NantucketBookFestival.org/events) Pig Roast!
Short stack, double stack? Themed or random? Stacked or shelved? We’re talking books, of course.
I love looking at what books people read... Like with music and art, I think you can tell a lot about a person by looking at their collection... In honor of the upcoming Nantucket Book Festival, I took a little walk down memory lane about how important books have been to me...
I like books. I like the feel of books. I like to keep my books. I re-read books. Some years ago, I realized that I wouldn't actually get in trouble for writing in my books, so now I write in books.
A childhood bookworm, many of my childhood memories [certainly the most regular] involve books. Every Saturday morning, I'd ride my bike to the library for a couple glorious hours, browsing through the stacks and chatting with LouAnn, the children's librarian in a very collegial (or so I thought) manner. Selections in hand, I’d bungee cord the entire stack on the back of the bike's rat trap (did I just date myself?)… Afterschool and weekends, I was more likely found reading in the perfectly formed ‘seat’ in the Hawthorne tree in the front yard than playing with friends or my brother.
Certain books feature on my life timeline… Little Women: my first 'grown up' book. When I first pulled it down from the shelf over the piano, I put it right back because a) it had no pictures and b) it had a lot of big words. At first, I chastised my mother for not having more books with pictures in the den, but she turned it around and convinced me to give it a try. Oh boy, I was off and running… At ten, I was introduced to my favorite book. I had the chicken pox, and she brought Gone With the Wind home (in hindsight, it was brilliant, because it kept me quiet for five days straight…). I kept that book on my bed stand until high school graduation and would open it at random and read enough to fall asleep.
I was obsessed…. I perfected reading-while-walking-to-school-without-tripping. At night, I read with a flashlight under the covers. At times, I was so lost in a book, I wouldn't hear conversations in the room. I used to read MY books during class lessons (just prop your school book on the desk so the teacher sees that cover and use it to shield your book. Presto! Worked for a little bit each time.) She always busted me though… Not until I substitute-taught after college did I understand how obvious rapt attention in a social studies book, of all things, was a red flag something was amiss to a grade school teacher...
I wonder... Is it possible to know a little - or a lot - about someone and match the personality to the book piles? In honor of the Nantucket Book Festival, the Nantucket Chronicle team has shared photos of their books. Can you figure out who is who? Must answer on the Chronicle page for a prize!
Contest: Be the person to correctly pair (Follow the link to the full article on the WWW.NANTUCKETCHRONICLE.COM page) the most of the 14 photographs with their 'owners' (See below for list of the 13 of the Nantucket Chronicle captains + Meghan Valero, one of the Nantucket Book Festival’s organizers), to win a FREE ticket to the Nantucket Book Festival’s Pig Roast at Cisco, Sunday, June 17th, 2-5 pm! There are 14 names (listed below) and 14 photos. ID the photographs in the order they are shown on this page... Click HERE for a link to the Captain bios, which might help!!
Bonus: recommend YOUR favorite book! Us bookworms are always looking for a good read...
1. Barbara Gookin (Island Manager for the Chronicle)
2. Beth English (Chronicle Dining Captain)
3. Bill Ferrall (Chronicle Happening Captain)
4. Georgen Charnes (Chronicle Dining Captain)
5. Georgia Raysman (Chronicle Founder)
6. Hilary Newall (Chronicle Home & Garden Captain)
7. Jason Bridges (Chronicle Wellness Captain)
8. Meghan Valero (Co-Founder of the Nantucket Book Festival & Pig Roast Ticket Donator!!)
9. Missy Holden (Chronicle Dining Captain)
10. Peter Brace (Chronicle Soundings Captain)
11. Rachel Dowling (Chronicle People & Pets Captain)
12. Rob Ranney (Chronicle Real Estate Captain)
13. Sara Boyce (Chronicle Arts & Entertainment Captain)
14. Burton (Spruce) Balkind (Chronicle Soundings Mate)