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Novels are set in small-town Indiana

Saturday, December 20, 2008 - 12:01 am

“I recently read ‘A Girl Named Zippy: Growing Up Small in Mooreland, Indiana,' by Haven Kimmel. I picked it because she is a Hoosier, which appealed to me, and I liked it so much I've read all the follow-up novels. ‘Iodine, a Novel,' ‘Something Rising (Light and Swift),' ‘The Solace of Leaving Early' and ‘The Used World' are some of the titles.

“She did move to North Carolina, but all her books are set in small towns in Indiana. I found the book in the library. And reading library books means I have a limited time, so I read faster. And if I don't like it, I can return it.

“We have a book club at work. We just read ‘The Three Signs of a Miserable Job.' It's about leadership and is a good read. It makes good sense — it's straightforward. The author is Patrick Lencioni. We take a month to read a book, then discuss it.

“A favorite is a childhood book, ‘Bridge to Terabithia.' It has been made into a movie, but I don't think it compares to the book. That happens so often.We read many novels in high school, including ‘A Separate Peace,” another favorite. I cried hard reading it, as I did with ‘Terabithia.'”

“Before coming to CANI, I worked at our Fort Wayne Museum of Art and have many books signed by artists, like Judy Chicago and Dale Chihuly, artists who have been to Fort Wayne. … I've been reading ‘This I Believe,' a book of essays, because it appeals to both sides of my brain.

“Then there's ‘The Pact,' a book by three doctors. We were one of the groups, along with PBS and some school districts, to bring them here to speak. Theirs is a great story. They urge staying in school, not giving in to peer pressure, sticking to your goals. Their role models were street thugs, and they were mocked for going to college, but they became doctors. They say it's OK to be smart. You can be the boss — the last one standing. … It is an excellent book.

“Now I'm reading ‘The Audacity of Hope,' by President-elect Barack Obama. It's interesting to see that what he wrote in his book are things he said during his campaign.”

Jennie Renner is the development supervisor at CANI.