Wednesday, April 2, 2008

What's Your Favorite Citywide Reads Book?

The Highest Tide copies are flying out of the library. We hope the entire community is gearing up for our best Citywide Reads yet. But before we begin this year's program, we are curious what you thought of previous programs. What was your favorite Citywide Reads book?

Were you riveted by a glimpse into Mao's China in Dai Sijie's Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress for our first Citywide Reads effort?

Did you feel the pride of Santa Monica when we read local author Christopher Isherwood's Berlin Stories, the fictionalized account of his experiences as a young man in Berlin during the period that led up to World War II?

In 2005, did you find Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner, the story of the relationship between two boys of different social statuses, to be compelling?

Did you enjoy following the adventures of nine-year-old Oskar Schell as he attempted to learn more about a key found in his deceased father’s closet in Jonathan Safran Foer's Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close?

Were you swept up into the world of beautiful artist Clare and dashing time-traveling librarian Henry De Tamble in last year's The Time Traveler's Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger?

Or did you love them all?


Anonymous said...

I liked the Foer book the best so far. Going to read this year's book next week.

Anonymous said...

I think that THE HIGHEST TIDE is perfect for Santa Monica because while telling a touching and sometimes hilarious story, it encourages us to look carefully at what we're doing to our oceans. I think that readers of all ages will respond to the book's charmingly flawed young narrator, as he describes the gorgeous diversity of sea life around him and the impenetrability of adult thinking

Mary Menzel, Director, California Center for the Book