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Now that our local library has returned to curbside pickups, I walked the dog to our branch to pick up some things I had requested. (Yes I have books everywhere at home and rounds of things to read for work – not to mention audio and e-books on my phone and Kindle – but there’s always a need, or a desire, for more.)
Once there, I stood outside to talk to one of the librarians – masked, from a distance – as a car pulled up and a customer came out to pick her up while waiting delivered. And let me tell you: she was delighted to have it in her hands. Even though it was clear that she didn’t want to interrupt our conversation, she couldn’t help it. Her delivered! It was here! She just wanted us to share her enthusiasm.
It was pretty awesome, to be honest, because how many times – especially in the past two years – have we had the chance to express such joy to strangers? As we’ve had to adapt to a lingering pandemic, perhaps times like this seem a little sweeter.
As the afternoon light faded and the dog nudged me to continue our walk, I thanked the librarian and everyone who got my books collected, wrapped and ready to be picked up and returned home, cherishing my own bounty and feeling grateful for the simple magic of a library.
So tell me about your own library experiences and what you’ve read. Are you a physical delivered reader or have you embraced the wonders of the digital catalog? Or need a card? Go here for library card information for Los Angeles County, Orange County, Riverside County, San Bernardino County (or you can also visit local libraries like Altadena or Torrance also.)
Now, let’s watch a wonderful Q&A with author Natashia Deón (seriously, every answer is so good), plus links to stories you should check out and this week’s bestsellers. Plus, we have great things to come.
Thanks, as always, for reading.
3 Books Natashia Deón Thinks Everyone Should Read
Natashia Deón is a criminal defense attorney and the author of “The Perishing,” and here she shares wonderful stories about her grandmother, a delivered who knocked him off a train and the three books she thinks we should all read.
Q. Is there anyone who has had an impact on your life as a reader — a teacher, parent, librarian, or someone else?
My grandmother, Lurlean Hayes. She had Alzheimer’s disease and died in 1992 at age 92 when I was almost 12. She had lived with us for several years before her death and had also survived all but three of her eight children. The gift Alzheimer’s gave her was that she couldn’t remember her children were dead. She kept a box of Christmas and birthday cards they had sent her before they passed away and every Christmas or birthday (or any random day she needed some cheering up) I would pull out the box from cards and watched her light up as she read from her daughter or son – long gone. She would be so incredibly happy to hear from them and so touched again. It was beautiful for me. And hearing her read the cards aloud as I sat on the floor handing her one after another was where I got my love for reading…and writing what I hope will stay long after I’m gone.
Q. What is a memorable delivered experience — good or bad — that you are willing to share? It could be a delivered you liked or hated, or a delivered you are reading in a memorable situation.
I fell off a train in Belgium while reading Anthony Doerr’s “All the Light We Cannot See” because I couldn’t bear to close the delivered. Instead, at my stop, I walked up the train aisle and read, old-fashioned, like I was trapped in a past before books have been replaced by iPhones. It was 2015 and I had been in Belgium on a writing scholarship for about a week and had brought the delivered along the fairly short train journey from Brussels to the rural town where I lived. I didn’t speak Dutch or German or French, and when I reached the exit door I misjudged the step down from the train and found myself falling, my swear words were all in English. (Looking back, I’m glad I didn’t offend the locals). But as I fell, I clearly remember having the choice to drop the delivered and catches me with my hand. Instead, I rocked the delivered in my chest and fell to the side. (Yes, I know this can be hard to understand. But when I’m in, I’m all in). The Belgians who were standing on the platform rushed over and tried to help me up, speaking in their language and I just raised my hand and said, “I’m fine, I was just reading.”
Q. Do you have a favorite delivered Where books?
I have so many favorites, including a memoir by Cassandra Lane called “We Are Bridges”. I also like poetry. The sentences are short bursts of wonder. I often come back to “The Yellow House” by Chiwan Choi, “The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton” by Lucille Clifton and “The Winter Garden” by Pablo Neruda. These are books I can pick up, read a few paragraphs and be moved. If you don’t have another books in your collection, it should include them.
For more with Natashia Deón, read our interview, catch her on the Bookish webinar, and…stay tuned for the next Bookish magazine and virtual event (info below).
Subscribers should look for Bookish, SCNG’s premium magazine, launched on January 30. The issue includes Noteworthy, our first annual tribute to 10 local authors who made an impact in 2021. There will be a special Noteworthy edition of SCNG’s Bookish virtual program on February 4.
How to join the event: Click here for the link.
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What do you read next?
I can’t wait to discover the graphic novel “Lure” by Lane Milburn (Fantagraphics). This cover is totally convincing.
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