This is the second in a series of readers' favorite books sent to us in March.
The people published here will receive a $25 gift certificate to Joseph-Beth Booksellers
of Lexington, thanks to the sponsorship of Kentucky Living and Joseph-Beth Booksellers.
If these or other books interest you, you can look for them at a Joseph-Beth store,
or call (800) 248-6849, or visit the Web site at www.josephbeth.com.
Our Country in Poem and Prose
- Eleanor A. Parsons
Published in 1899, this is a history of our country very cleverly formulated
with works by such authors as Longfellow, Whittier, Hale, Holmes, Pierpont,
Lincoln, Grant, and others dating back to the early 1700s. It was presented
to my mother in 1911 for perfect attendance in school. She loved it and memorized
almost every poem and could still recite them until her death in 1990. I now
cherish it as a memento to her.
Alene Martin, Elizabethtown
Nolin Rural Electric Cooperative
- Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
I like this book because it sort of reflects me. It is about a young boy and
the bond he has with his dog. It displays the stubbornness and determination
we all show when someone or something we love needs help. It relates to real-life
experiences in a town that reflects the real world.
Blake Durrett, Campbellsville
Taylor County Rural Electric Cooperative
- Cynthia Rylant
Like the girl in the book who lost her mother when she was young, I also lost
my grandmother. This enlightening book tells what it is like to lose a family
member, and what it is like to cope with their death.
Katie Heath, Spottsville
Kenergy electric cooperative
The Catcher in the Rye
- J. D. Salinger
This book opened so many windows in my mind. It made me look at the common,
everyday things and not just take them as fact because my friends or parents
have told me to. Maybe this seems like just another teenager who hit that rebellious
stage, but to me it is a defining moment in my life.
Jyll Hampton, Corbin
The Hotel New Hampshire
- John Irving
This is the book I turn to when I'm unhappy or bored, looking for inspiration
or looking for hope. Part of the book's charm is its mix of sentimentality and
black humor, and its complicated and often absurd plot. The strong characters
love and genuinely like one another. Despite the pain in the book, it is full
of laughter, adventure, and high spirits. "So we dream on," Irving
writes toward the book's conclusion. "Thus we invent our lives." This
dreaming and inventing is a bear hug when I need it most.
Rebecca Bailey, Morehead
Fleming-Mason Energy Cooperative