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PAGE TURNER

She enjoys reading biographies and history

Saturday, November 24, 2012 - 12:01 am

Editor's note: This week's Page Turner reader interview is with Linda Doerr, a lecturer in the English and Linguistics department at IPFW.

“I just read 'The Blind Side.' It's the story of a young man who, as a boy, was very, very poor but was treated like a third child by a well-to-do family that took him under its wing, buying him clothes, sending him to a private school and helping him develop as a person, not just an athlete, which he definitely was. He was the left tackle on his high school team and was an outstanding player. All colleges wanted him. Eventually, he became an All-American choice and was a first-round NFL pick.

“I use this book in my class at IPFW. Students enjoy it; they appreciate its relevance and appreciate his dedication as he goes through life. The book is filled with kindness and generosity as the protagonist goes from an illiterate to a well-rounded successful adult.

“Currently, I'm reading — and enjoying — 'Home.' It's Julie Andrews' autobiography, and so far I've covered her early childhood when her parents divorced and her mother has a new boyfriend. As you can tell, I'm not very far into the book.

“I read everything. I love biographies and history, and think David McCullough's books are great. But I think 'Gone with the Wind' is my favorite. I first read it when I was 14, and it was the only book the librarian let me check out — because it was so long, I guess. And I read it, hating to put it down. It is written on such a grand scale!

“That's a way I love to read. I did that with the Harry Potter books. I picked up the first one on one morning and just kept reading. I've read all seven of the books and seen all the movies. The books are so well-written: the characters and their interaction are so believable. I love the way the author describes her characters.

“I've read a lot of young-adult books when teaching and still do, especially sharing reading with my grandson. He's a Rick Riordan fan. And I've enjoyed all of John Jakes' novels. As I said before, I read everything!”