My extended family is rather large. We are spread across the country and beyond. It’s rare that all of us are in one place so we share a lot of information via a family text thread.
We’re using the thread much more as we shelter in place and share ideas for ways to make the best of it.
All of us are readers, a product of witnessing first hand my mother’s favorite pastime. It’s a decent-sized list and with a fair amount of variety; contemporary and classics, lots of helpful non-fiction, some literature and a few page turners.
What we’re reading:
Age of Swords: Book Two of the Legends of the First Empire by Michael J. Sullivan
“…an epic journey of magic and adventure, heroism and betrayal, love and loss.” – from Goodreads.com
Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer
“…the awakening of a wider ecological consciousness requires the acknowledgment and celebration of our reciprocal relationship with the rest of the living world.” – from Goodreads.com
Changing Minds: The Art and Science of Changing Our Own and Other People’s Minds by Howard Gardner
“Harvard psychologist Howard Gardner explains what happens during the course of changing a mind – and offers ways to influence that process.” – from Goodreads.com
Drive Your Plow over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk
“…a provocative exploration of the murky borderland between sanity and madness, justice and tradition, autonomy and fate.” – from Goodreads.com
The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See
Set within the all-female diving collective from the Korean island of Jeju, it’s the tale of two friends told, via reflection, through two decades of Japanese occupation, WW II and the Korean War, a tale of family, friendship and the choices we make. – Goodreads.com
ABOUT JOHN FOSSETT. John is locally known as the Adult Services Librarian at the Bainbridge Island Library. Since 2014, he’s been broadcasting on BCB: The Voices of Bainbridge Island – eventually hosting a podcast focusing on cultural events. John also hosted and produced Art and Artists on Bainbridge (although he’s currently on a hiatus). John now focuses a lot of his time organizing (and volunteering) for Library sponsored events, such as Island Film Group, Tuesday Career Center and WorkSource, Tuesday Book Group, quarterly poetry readings, and the quarterly BI Modern Quilt Guild gatherings. He also works closely with Bainbridge Prepares: monthly classes held at the Library and Three Days of Preparedness, Books on Tap: Literary Trivia held each month at the Treehouse Café, Island Film Group (now in their 11th year, held on the 2nd Wednesday at the Library), Arts & Humanities Bainbridge, community events at the library, and Historical Museum at the Library (a program he started with BIHM in 2018). Read John’s full profile by author, Margaret Millmore – The Island Wanderer.