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"Community Connection" staff book recommendations
The "Community Connection" is produced and published twice a year by a small team of employees in the Office of Marketing and Public Relations. In the spirit of this issue's book recommendation theme, the editorial team has offered a few book recommendations of their own.
“Charlotte’s Web” by E.B. White
My go-to conversation starter among both my closest friends and new acquaintances is, “Have you read any good books lately? “ I have an always-expanding list of books that I want to read jotted down on scraps of paper and stashed in safe places. While I love delving into a new book or reading the latest bestseller, there’s something wonderfully comforting about re-reading a book. My favorite “comfort” book is “Charlotte’s Web” by E.B. White.
I don’t know at exactly what age I first read “Charlotte’s Web,” but I’m certain that I was very familiar with the story long before I was a teenager. I have my own copy – a hardback with a thin paper cover featuring a whimsical illustration of Fern with her arms tightly around her beloved pig Wilbur, the main endearing character of the barnyard story.
I can easily recall the slightly torn cover because I just recently revisited “Charlotte’s Web” last summer when I read it to my newborn baby girl. She slept through nearly all of it, but I enjoyed reliving the tale of sweet Fern and her fierce protection of a runt piglet named Wilbur. I chuckled at the antics of Templeton the wise-cracking, opportunistic barn rat, smiled at the goose’s stuttering declarations, and remembered how Charlotte, the brilliant spider and hero of the story, expanded my vocabulary as I looked up words she spoke like “salutation” and “versatile.”
I will never tire of “Charlotte’s Web” and can only hope that my sweet little girl will request many re-readings.
Beth Lorow is the editor of “Community Connection” and is responsible for brainstorming ideas for each issue, writing and editing the content, and selecting and coordinating photography.
“The School of Essential Ingredients” by Erica Bauermeister
is a great novel. It’s a book about everyday life, everyday love, and not so everyday food. The story portrays eight people who gather every Monday night at Lillian’s restaurant for a cooking class. The students arrive separately to the class but soon find themselves connecting in ways they never imagined.
Sherri Hoffman provides regular content for the "Community Connection," including the calendar and Messiah College as a Community Resource. In addition, she works with the vendor to procure the addresses for the mailing list.
"The Help" by Kathryn Stockett