Monday, July 11, 2011

The Reading Promise by Alice Ozma

Nothing momentous really happens in this coming-of-age memoir, unless you count The Streak, in which Alice's single father, an elementary school librarian in south Jersey, reads out loud to her every night from the time she was 9 until the day he drops her off at college. It's a quick read, sometimes funny (like the time James suggests a trip for ice cream to take Alice's mind off a C on her report card . . at the Custard Corral), and sometimes sad (when Alice's mother moves out on Thanksgiving Day).

The closest book I can think of that felt similar to me was Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron. Other reading-related memoirs at BHPL include Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading by Nina Sankovitch and So Many Books, So Little Time: a Year of Passionate Reading by Sara Nelson.

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