Sent in by Meg Brown, Exhibits Coordinator, Duke University LibrariesA few years ago I heard an interview with Nick Hornby who is a parent of a special needs child, and he was discussing his book A Long Way Down. I have been a special needs parent for 8 years and in his interview Hornby admitted to living vicariously through one of his characters; allowing her to say and feel things that we, as special needs parents aren't really allowed to admit. I have enjoyed his work in the past, so I ran out to get the book-and I will always be grateful to him for taking a heavy weight off of my shoulders.
Sent in by Jennifer DavisMy favorite book, is actually a children's book, "Stranger's Bread" by Nancy Willard. A story not to be missed.
Sent in by Roger LoydMy favorite book (the one I've reread the most) is Viktor E. Frankl, "Man's Search for Meaning" (first published in 1962, reprinted many times). It describes his experiences as a victim of the Holocaust's concentration camps, and his own version of psychotherapy, known as logotherapy. The book's earlier (1959) title was "From Death-Camp to Existentialism," a translation of "Ein Psycholog erlebt das Konzentrationslager."
Sent in by Kevin Hall
Sent in by Emily HildrethThe Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison shifted my literary focus to American Lit - specifically the literature of the Harlem Renaissance and surrounding times. Ellison writes a complex, rich, coming-of-age novel which examines American culture. Ellison's racial and social commentary is unequalled, in my opinion. I strongly urge everyong to read The Invisible Man.
Sent in by Laurie Brightly