Staff Picks: Alicia

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Alicia has worked for two years as a Library Assistant at the Milford-Miami Township Branch.  She describes herself as a bibliophile and is a proud graduate of The Ohio State University.

How would you describe your reading interests?

I read so much non-fiction during school that I boycotted the genre for a couple of years. But now non-fiction’s pretty much all I read.  Mostly historical non-fiction and memoirs.  I do enjoy the occasional YA book though.

What are your all time favorite books?

The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

What was your favorite childhood book?

Harry and the Lady Next Door by Gene Zion still makes me laugh as an adult.

Who are your favorite authors?

Margaret Atwood, David Sedaris, Sylvia Plath, Maya Angelou, Sarah Waters

Are there any authors that you think deserve to be read by a wider audience?

Jen Lancaster is flat out hilarious.  Sarah Vowell can find humor in something as unfunny as presidential assassinations.  Nick Hornby’s books are always entertaining.

What were your favorite books of 2010?

The Tiger by John Vaillant, Let’s Take the Long Way Home by Gail Caldwell, Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man by Bill Clegg, Packing for Mars by Mary Roach, Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman, Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern, The Taking Tree by Shrill Travesty

What TV shows on DVD would you recommend?

Arrested Development and Freaks and Geeks are two completely underrated shows.

What music CDs would you recommend?

Lungs by Florence + the Machine is an amazing album.  Forgiveness Rock Record by Broken Social Scene, My Dark Twisted Fantasy by Kanye West, and The Suburbs by Arcade Fire are some of my favorites that came out this year.

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