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Mary Ann Ehlshlager
Executive Director, Delaware Theatre Company
A Prayer for Owen Meany | John Irving
A dwarfish boy with a strange voice believes he is an instrument of God, to be redeemed by martyrdom.
Ehlshlager This novel rewards persistence. As a young reader, I got bogged down in the exposition in the first half and almost gave up. But as the novel builds, every one of those expository threads is woven into a can’t-put-the-book-down climax. So I love this book not just for the richness of the characters and the power of the plot, but for teaching me to be a better reader.
Born Fighting: How the Scots-Irish Shaped America | James Webb
The history of the Scots-Irish over the past 2,000 years.
Ehlshlager I have spent many hours in genealogical research, studying my German and Scots-Irish roots, but have found few sources as pleasantly readable as this one. Webb skillfully connects the dots between the Battle of Culloden, Daniel Boone, NASCAR and contemporary American politics.
The Circus in Winter | Cathy Day
The secret lives and loves of circus people and their descendants.
Ehlshlager I am coulrophobic, that is, afraid of clowns. This charming novel following generations of circus life in a small town in Indiana spoke to me about life in the theater and reminded me that home is where the art is.
Going After Cacciato | Tim O’Brien
A private deserts his post in Vietnam, intent on walking to Paris for peace talks.
Ehlshlager When I was in school, it seemed that U.S. history stopped on V-J Day, and so I was taught very little about Vietnam. Tim O’Brien’s books, then, have been a great addition to the home library. This one resonates with the authenticity of a memoir while embracing a magical realism that I really didn’t expect from a war novel.
The Great Gatsby | F. Scott Fitzgerald
A portrait of the Jazz Age.
Ehlshlager I love to go back to this one and envision it anew each time, mentally casting a different Daisy or imaging a different layout for the grounds of Gatsby’s mansion. The dock light, the eyes of Dr. T.J. Eckleburg—there’s just so much to work with as a reader.
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