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Summer 2016

On My Bookshelf: Liz Thurston

a photo of books piled upCURRENTLY READING: Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter

THE THING THAT DREW YOU TO IT: I have always been drawn to history, and especially history of the Kennedy family. I knew about what happened to Rosemary, but I wanted to learn more "from the inside" — what the family knew and didn't know about her "secret lobotomy." And this was probably the start of the movement for civil rights for the disabled, which is very important.

FAVORITE BOOK FROM CHILDHOOD: Anything Dr. Seuss: The Cat and The Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, Horton Hears a Who!

YOUR FAVORITE GENRE: Definitely history, biographies, autobiographies, books based on true events. I have always gravitated to books about real-life events and people.

PEOPLE WOULD BE SURPRISED TO KNOW I'VE NEVER READ: Harry Potter!

IF YOU WERE TO GIVE A BOOK AS A GIFT TO SOMEONE, TO WHOM AND WHAT WOULD IT BE? I would give a book to my mother because as a child, I remember her reading every single night in bed and going through book after book. She set the example for my siblings and me. My mother loved fiction of all kinds. It would be a John Grisham book — she read all of them.

LAST BOOK YOU READ THAT SURPRISED YOU: Orange Is the New Black by Piper Kerman. I was surprised that I lost interest in it about halfway through and never finished it! There was so much hype in the media about the book and with the television series, but it just never piqued my interest after she was in jail. Sorry to all the OITNB fans!

YOUR READING RITUALS: I went through a period in my life when I really didn't read that much. Then I got a Kindle as a gift, and it truly has reinvigorated my desire and interest in reading. Now I only read on a Kindle!

FAVORITE SPOT TO CURL UP WITH A GOOD BOOK: Definitely reading on my bed. I also like to read while traveling and on vacation.

NEXT UP: Good question! Definitely an autobiography or biography.