ASSOCIATES (2011, March, v. 17, no. 3)


What book(s) are you currently reading?

To get the ball rolling I am currently reading:
‘Maralinga’ by Judy Nunn – this is a fictional story based on the real event of the British government, with Australian government approval, conducting of atomic tests in the centre of Australia in the 1950’s.

‘Moby Dick’ by Herman Melville – I have had a bookmark in various parts of this book for the last couple of years and still going. But I will complete it.

And For a bit of a diversion, I am rereading Sherlock Holmes.

Kevin Dudeney
Library Technician
Corrective Services, NSW

I am just about to start ‘Maralinga’ by Judy Nunn, I have read few of her books and have really enjoyed them, Kal, Pacific.

I have just finished ‘Echo of the bone’ by Diana Gabaldon, I have read most of her books (over a number of years) which are a series, so you would have to have read most of them to enjoy Echo of the bone, which I think is the final one in the series.

I am also in a book club and have just read ‘The sound of one hand clapping’ by Richard Flanagan.

Joy Collis
Library Resources Officer
Dept. of Treasury and Finance
Werribee Vic

My name is Kim, and I am a member of NYSLAA. I am currently reading Dennis Lehane’s novel, Shutter Island. The story takes place in the spring of 1954 on an island in Boston Harbor, Shutter Island, which contains a mental institution for the criminally insane. Teddy Daniels is an FBI agent investigating said institution on account of the disappearance of a female inmate and suspected government conspiracy.

Kimberly M. Barbato
Library Assistant
Gould Law Library

I am currently reading The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi. The Windup Girl takes place in a future where there seems to be lots of damage to foods due to gene manipulation gone wrong. Carbon fuel sources are gone. The windup girl, Emiko, was created in Japan as a graceful companion, but is now in Thailand, where the book takes place. Corruption is rampant. Spies for the big biotechnological companies are everywhere.

I’m also reading Timothy Hallinan’s older Simeon Grist series.

I like to read crime fiction, science fiction, and historical fiction. I love a bit of woo-woo in some of my tales. I like it when my three categories get combined.

Jody Crocker
Adaptive Cataloger & Dept. Web Maintainer
K-State Libraries
Manhattan KS

I’m reading Thin Blue Smoke by Doug Worgul, fiction, about the owners and employees of a barbecue joint in Kansas City, MO. Great characters and history.

Jenifer Grady

I am currently reading a book called ‘Mauve’ by Simon Garfield which tells of the true story of WIlliam Perkin who discovers how to make artificial purple dye in the late 1800’s leading to a revolution in dye making and other scientific fields. Weird but fascinating!

Holley Adams

I’m reading ‘Ghost Map’ by Steven Johnson on the netbook and ‘Seven Icelandic Stories’ on my phone. Ghost Map is about John Snow and Henry Whitehead solving the mystery of how cholera is spread, and yes, they used a map which is what drew my attention to the book. I love maps, mapping, history of maps and how they’ve been used. The Seven Icelandic Stories I chose from Gutenberg, I was having trouble choosing a book so I had a look at the list of the books most recently added. Both are interesting and well written and I’d recommend them. To make both these books easier to visualise I’ve used maps: for Ghost Map I’ve downloaded a high resolution copy of the original map and keep it open on the netbook as I’m reading and for both books I’ve used Google maps and street view. Seeing the terraces of Broad Street, now Broadwick, adds another whole dimension to my reading experience.

Reserve Bank of Australia
Sydney, NSW

I have started reading the Women’s Murder Club series by James Patterson and am also re-reading Agatha Christie’s books in order of their publication just to see how her life experiences influenced her writing.

Sandra Hooper
Library Supervisor
Torreyson Library
ALPS Area IX Regional Rep

If one enjoys British language and humor enclosed in police/detective material, the Dalziel and Pascoe series by Reginald Hill is a great read.

Carol Mayer
University of Idaho Library
Electronic Resources and Serials
Moscow, ID

I’m on book 3 of the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. I know that’s young adult (wish I was) but it’s really good and I’m having a great time reading it. Will start the new Patricia Cornwell (Port Mortuary) over the weekend. I’m also an avid reader of James Patterson, John Grisham, Dean Koontz and Stephen King.

Sharon Weber
Interlibrary Loan Assistant/Porter Henderson Library
Angelo State University
Member, Texas Tech University System
San Angelo, TX

I’ve been reading Connie Willis’s new book, Black Out, sci-fi about World War 2. Also a very trash sci-fi romance, Lord of Justice by Justice Davis .. and David Sedaris’ new short story book, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk.


Right now I’m reading the Presidential diaries of Jimmy Carter. They are a fascinating behind-the-scenes look. What is of even more interest are the present-day commentaries he makes on the diary entries. A really good read.

I’m also reading any one of the three mystery series I frequent, waiting for the new one to come out. Luckily, there’s a new one in my Hannah Swenson series due this week!!!!!!

Finally, I’m in the middle of the owner’s manual of my new Blu-Ray DVD player. Guess which one of these is the hardest! LOL!!

Mary Kalnin
Univ. of Washington

Great question on a snowy day, which is every day around here. I enjoy science fiction and nonfiction told as a story.

I just finished reading (listening on CD) the Hunger Games by Suzann Collins, a teen trilogy (Hunger Games; Catching Fire; Mockingjay) about post apocalyptic American, divided into the decadent “haves” and the worker populations that support the “Capitol.” To remind the populace of the war they lost against the Capitol, each year two children are chosen from the “districts” to fight to the death in an arena of modern and deadly technical weapons. The hero of the story is Katniss Everdeen (don’t you just love the name?) and her unwitting role as the mascot of the revolution. Well written, but shocking look into torture, psychological twists and relationships.

Also listened to The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot on CD. An excellent book. This is the story of the genetic discovery from the gene known as HELA. It tells the story of the Lacks family, and how their mother’s DNA became the first cells that never stopped growing, long after her death. It highlights the many medical discoveries resulting from HELA cells, and the medical communities disregard for privacy due to naivete and medical progress.

I’m reading another wonderful teen fantasy author, Patricia McKillip, The Bards of Bone Plain. I have loved some of her prior titles (eg Winter Rose; The Book of Atrix Wolf), and the story she weaves is wonderful, but it’s not holding my attention like her other books. Her style is mystical and descriptive in language and phraseology; lovely imagery. It moves back and forth between the ancient times and follows Nairn, who we believe is destined to be The Bard, and a young princess and fellow student of music who are finding artifacts opening magical information to The Bard’s life.

Allison Sloan
Senior Library Associate
Reading Public Library
Reading, Massachusetts

I’ve been reading: The shack : a novel / William P. Young. Christmas at The Mysterious Bookshop : ’tis the season to be deadly : stories of mistletoe and mayhem from 17 masters of suspense / edited by Otto Penzler. The kenken killings : a Puzzle Lady mystery / Parnell Hall. The great typo hunt : two friends changing the world, one correction at a time / Jeff Deck and Benjamin D. Herson.

Tina Gunther
Library Technician
Biola University, La Mirada CA

I like reading about what other people are reading! So here’s my list…

Sarah Vowell. The Wordy Shipmates. Sort of creative nonfiction. Fascinating and irritating at the same time. I really don’t care that her knowledge of the Pilgrims prior to writing about them consisted of a “Happy Days” episode in which Fonzie was the great friend of Native Americans, and I don’t want to read the plot summary of the episode. Humor is an important part of history, and I like irreverance, but I don’t care for smart-alecks. There’s a smugness there, and arrogance, that I find off-putting. This stuff won’t last. I’m still slugging away at this one.

The Adams Family Correspondence, v.9: 1790-1793. Gotta love those Adamses. Just finishing this. I’m still collecting juicy quotes. I liked this series so much I bought the first two volumes.

McLynn, Frank. 1759: the Year Britain Became Master of the World. I love books that lead you to ideas or other books. This well-written Anglo-centric work talks about British history, and about cultural history and the ideas that were then in vogue. I now understand Burke’s distinction between the beautiful and the sublime and run into references to this idea all the time, as in the Adams letters. I’ll never use “sublime” the way I used to.

Would also recommend William Hogeland’s “Declaration,” especially for anyone interested in Pennsylvania history.

Susan Gilmont
Library Tech III
Guin Library
Hatfield Marine Science Ctr
Oregon State University

Normally I am a crime fiction and sci-fi junkie, but currently I am reading:

1. Echoes of Memory, vol. 5 It is a small publication by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum(USHMM) in Washington DC that has emotional personal stories of Holocaust survivors who volunteer at the museum.

2. Memorable Moments and Memorable Years This is also a small publication from the USHMM. It includes moving stories/comments from visitors, employees, interns and volunteers at the museum.

NOTE: I am reading these because my daughter has an internship with the National Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC, thanks to her outstanding history teacher.

3. Sherlock Holmes for Dummies / Steven Doyle. A fairly typical “for dummies” book, but the subject is one of my favorites.

I just finished:

1. We have met the enemy : self-control in an age of excess / Akst, Daniel. No plot to spoil here. It is heavy with psychology and philosophy, but a great read about our desires, self control (and lack of it) and how we have come to the point we are at.


NVCC – Medical Campus
Virginia, USA