1. One book that changed your life The Diary of Anne Frank. I found it tucked away in the secretary at my family’s cottage one day and asked my mom if I could read it. She hesitated, knowing the content of the book and that I was only a few years younger than Anne when she started her diary, but ended up letting me.
I sat on the back beach in an Adirondack chair with the book in my lap and fell head-first into her world, a world that I didn’t know ever existed until then. Her story absolutely changed my outlook on life and how I viewed and treated other people.
2. One book you’ve read more than once She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb. God, I love Dolores. I read it around the time of my mother’s liver transplant and it was the only thing that kept me from going right off the deep end.
3. One book you’d want on a desert island Besides How to Get the Fuck Off Of a Desert Island? The Complete Works of Shakespeare wouldn’t be too bad for me to have kickin’ around because there’s quite a bit of Shakespeare that I haven’t read yet, and I’d have time on a desert island, wouldn’t I? I also wouldn’t mind having Fall on Your Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald with me either. That book is fucking amazing.
4. One book that made you giddy Andersen’s Fairy Tales, especially the story The Tinder Box. My father used to read it to me and I loved every second of it. I used to get so wound up at the end when the soldier struck his tinder box three times and the three dogs appeared to save him from being hanged that I couldn’t sleep.
5. One book that you wish had been written The Straight-Up Goods on Childbirth and Afterward, with sections that have titles like Yes, You Probably Will Crap Your Brains Out During Delivery, Birthing Your Placenta: Your Doctor May Have To Do That For You and You Can Kiss a Full Night’s Sleep Goodbye…No, Really.
6. One book that wracked you with sobs I honestly can’t recall a book that had this effect on me. I’ve read books that have made me gasp, shout out loud and laugh really, really hard, but I don’t think I’ve read one that has wracked me with sobs. I sometimes get a bit teary when I read Julia Robert Munsch books, particularly Murmel, Murmel, Murmel and The Paper Bag Princess, because they were my mom’s favorite.
7. One book you wish had never been written I’m having a hard time with this…I just can’t think of one. I can, however, think of a book that I wish I hadn’t read – when I was maybe twelve or thirteen I found this paperback lying around the house about the true story of a young girl who was kidnapped and kept chained in a basement cell and then in a box, not unlike a coffin, for something like nine years. I have no idea where the book came from but I read it and I will never forget it. It scared the shit out of me.
8. One book you’re currently reading This insinuates that I’m reading more than one book, which I most certainly am not. I don’t know how people have multiple books on the go – I can barely concentrate on one book. I’m reading Come Back right now by Claire and Mia Fontaine that the lovely Chantal mailed me a while back. I’m going at it slowly because the subject matter is really heavy and sometimes I need to take a breather between chapters.
9. One book you’ve been meaning to read The Myth of You and Me by Leah Stewart. I dunno why; it just sounded interesting. Anyone read it?