Today’s featured reader is the one, the only, Cherri Spryte. Cherri is a relatively recent addition to our pool of awesome people, but I was a fan of hers long before we finally got her in the door. I think we’ll all nod and smile (in the good way) at her answers, after the cut.
1. Which book would you give to a potential significant other?
Good Omens, by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. (Note: the answer to every single question below could easily be “Something by Neil Gaiman or Terry Pratchett,” so I’m just going to put Good Omens up here at the top and be done, but imagine “Or American Gods” at the end of each answer, okay? Okay.) Anyway. If you don’t find Good Omens to be funny and smart and your kind of humor, we’re not going to get very far in terms of a romantic relationship. Make me laugh or GTFO, people.
2. Which book would you give to a high school senior?
As clichÃ© as this may sound, Kurt Vonnegut saved my life in high school for awhile there. For all of his science fiction and general wackiness, at the end of the day, Vonnegut’s message is basically, “This is all pretty much a joke, so stop taking it so seriously, and just try and take care of each other.” So I’d give a high school senior Cat’s Cradle, and perhaps God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater as well.
3. Which book would you give to your political representatives?
As a resident of Washington, DC, I have far fewer political representatives than most, at least in terms of those with voting power, so in my head, this book is going to someone pretty far up the ladder! The book is Robert Chamber’s Whose Reality Counts? Putting the First Last. It focuses on international development, and how many mistakes have been made in development and foreign aid over the last few decades, and what sort of change in thinking is necessary to rectify these errors. It is the cornerstone of the “bottom-up, rather than top-down” school of decision making, which I think a lot of elected officials could stand to learn from, whether they’re working on domestic or foreign policy.
4. Which book would you give to a former teacher?
This is a complicated one, because I keep picturing specific teachers, and all of them from high school, which, if you’ll see the Vonnegut answer above, did not go so smoothly for me. I suppose I’d like most of all to give a copy of my thesis to my Model United Nations advisor/ history teacher, who frequently pushed me to “focus on something else” and was generally not encouraging ““ I wrote my MA thesis on essentially the same topic I was obsessed with in Model UN. I am not positive if my thesis counts as a book, except 1) I’ve got a bound copy of it, easily mistakable for a real book, and 2) it’s somehow available for purchase from Barnes and Noble’s website.
5. Which book would you give to your best friend?
The last time I visited my best friend, I showed up armed with the first four A Song of Ice and Fire novels, so they are the obvious answer. However, as she is in the midst of writing her own “¦. thing-which-must-not-be-called-a-book and is currently only reading horribly written books, to convince herself that anything can get published these days, I guess I’d give her the Twilight series.