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Books on the night stand

I'm celebrating my first anniversary as publisher. With the promotion came the move from Brookings. We dragged our patient realtor to nearly every house between Smith River and Gasquet. Too big, too small, too much work, too much money, too far. I realized I wanted to live near my work. Now I'm 1.3 miles away. A four-minute drive if I don't stop for a coffee.

I love the fact that The Triplicate's in the heart of downtown. I go to the bank, the post office, my hairdresser, to lunch – it's on foot. And I really like my neighbors. Just like in a residential neighborhood, we sweep our porches, water our gardens and shout "Good Morning" from across the street.

While visiting my neighbor Cheryl recently, she said, "For your column, ask people what books they're reading." Cheryl is a book hound. I liked her idea, but it made me uncomfortable. Ask who? Would they think I was silly? Wasting their time? Invading their privacy?

Well, let me tell you, Del Norters have lived up to their reputation of being incredibly friendly and helpful! I sent emails and made calls, and no one told me to mind my own business. Instead they gave me lists – not just what they're reading now – but what they just finished and what they're planning to read next! It was as though my question was a cry for help and these folks dropped what they were doing to give me what I needed!

So, here's what's on the nightstands of some good neighbors and friends. Kevin #1: Barak Obama's "The Audacity of Hope"; Kevin #2: books about flying and "Tuesday's With Morrie"; Kevin #3: newspapers; Bev W.: "Team of Rivals" and "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan"; Mike S. is also reading "Team of Rivals" ( about Lincoln's cabinet) and "At the Tomb of The Inflatable Pig: Travels Through Paraguay"; Cheryl C.: "Oregon Curiosities" and "Miss Hickory"; Rich Y.: "Sacred Stones"; Gerry N.: "700 Sundays" (Billy Crystal) and "Better than Perfect"; Alison E.: "The World is Flat" (Thomas Friedman), Michael Pollan's "Omnivore's Dilemma" and Barbara Kingsolver's "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle" (I just gave a copy to my Rick who put down Janis Joplin's bio "Buried Alive" to start it). Marlene E.: "State of Fear" and Golda Meir's "My Life"; Rick N.: "The Wild Trees"; Shirley C. : "The Memory Keeper's Daughter" and "Bird Songs"; Liz M.: "The Worst Hard Time" (about survivors of the Dust Bowl) and "Polio: An American Story"; Kimble: "Plum Lovin'" (Janet Evanovich); Rene: "The Dog Whisperer" in anticipation of her new puppy; patient Norma: "The Book Thief" (Markus Zusak) and "The Husband" (Dean Koontz); Brian O.: "Paddy Whacked: The Untold Story of the Irish American Gangster"; Will C.: "Defiant Gardens – Making Gardens in Wartime" by Kenneth I. Helphand; my best friend Denise (most voracious reader I've ever known) "Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia"; library director Long: "A Walk in the Woods" (Bill Bryson) and "The Gravedigger's Daughter" (Joyce Carol Oates). Me? "The Unbearable Lightness of Being" (Milan Kundera).

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