Natashia Deón picks 3 great books, the Beatles’ top 100 and more – San Bernardino Sun

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Now that our local library is back up and running to collect curbside pickups, I took my dog ​​to our branch to collect some of the things I requested. (Yes, I have book anywhere at home and plenty to read for work – not to mention audio and electronicsbook on my phone and Kindle – but there’s always a need or desire for more.)

When I got there, I stood outside talking to one of the librarians – masked, at a distance – as a car pulled up and a patron came to pick her up. book. And let me tell you: She was delighted to have it in her hand. Obviously she didn’t want to interrupt our conversation, she couldn’t help herself. Hers book! It was here! She just wanted us to share her excitement.

Honestly, that’s pretty amazing, because how often – especially in the last two years – have the opportunity to express such joy to strangers? As we have to adapt to a protracted pandemic, perhaps moments like these seem a little sweeter.

As the afternoon light faded and the dog nudged me to continue walking, I thanked the librarian and those who took book collected, packed and ready to receive and I went home, treasured my bounty and grateful for the simple wonder of a library.

So tell me about your own library experience and what you’ve read. Are you a physics book readers or have you embraced the wonders of digital catalogs? Or need a card? Come here for Los Angeles County, Orange County, Riverside County, San Bernardino County library card information (or you can also go to local libraries like Altadena or Torrance, too.)

Now check out the great Q&A with author Natasha Deón (seriously, every answer is great), as well as links to stories you should check out and bestsellers. of this week. Plus, we have some great stuff coming up.

Thanks, as usual for reading.

3 books that Natasha Deón thinks everyone should read

Natahia Deón’s latest book is “The Prosperity.” (Photo by Brienne Michelle / Courtesy of Counterpoint)

Natasha Deón is a practicing criminal defense attorney and author of “Death”, and here she shares wonderful stories about her grandmother, a book that caused her to fall off a train and all three book she thinks we should all read.

Q. Has someone impacted your reading life – a teacher, parent, librarian or anyone else?

My grandmother, Lurlean Hayes. She suffered from Alzheimer’s disease and died in 1992 at the age of 92 when I was almost 12 years old. She lived with us for several years before her death and outlived all but three of her eight children. The gift that Alzheimer’s gave her was that she couldn’t remember her dead children. She keeps a box of Christmas and birthday cards that they sent her before they passed away, and every Christmas or birthday (or any random day she needs to cheer for), I pull box out and watch her light up as she reads. them from her daughter or son – long gone. She will be overjoyed to hear from them and be moved again. It’s beautiful to me. And hearing her read the cards aloud as I sat on the floor handing her over in turn was where I developed a love of reading… and writing what I hope will be long after I’m gone.

Q. What is memorable? book experiences – good or bad – are you willing to share? It could be a book you love it or hate it, or book you read in a memorable situation.

I fell off a train in Belgium while reading Anthony Doerr’s “All the Light We Can’t See” Because I Couldn’t Stand Building book. Instead, at my stop, I stepped onto the aisle of the train and read, old-school style, as if I was stuck in the past. book has been replaced by the iPhone. It was 2015 and I was in Belgium on a writing scholarship for about a week and brought book along the rather short train ride from Brussels to the country town where I live. I don’t speak Dutch, German or French, and when I got to the emergency exit, I got off the train and found myself falling, my curses all in English. (In hindsight, I’m glad I didn’t offend the locals.) But when I was falling, I clearly remember having the choice to drop book and catch yourself with my hand. Instead, I cherish book in my chest and fell on my side. (Yes, I know this can be confusing. But when I joined, I completely agreed.) The Belgians on the stage came running and trying to pick me up, speaking in their own language and I just raised my hand and said, “I’m fine, I’m just reading.”

Q. Do you have a favorite? book or book?

I have many favorite books, including a memoir by Cassandra Lane called We Are the Bridges. I also love poetry. Sentences are great short paragraphs. I often return to “The Yellow House” by Chiwan Choi, “The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton” and “The Winter Garden” by Pablo Neruda. It’s a book I can pick it up, read a few passages and be moved. If you don’t have another book in your collection it should include these.

For more information with Natasha Deón, Read our interview, meet her in the webinar on Bookish and… stay tuned for the next Bookish magazine and virtual event (information below).

Subscribers should look for Bookish, SCNG’s Premium Magazine, launches January 30. This issue includes Noteworthy, our first annual offering to 10 local authors making an impact in 2021. There will be a particularly notable edition. of SCNG’s Bookish virtual program on February 4.

How to join the event: Click here for the link.

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