“The second book, which I've just started, is Mitch Daniels' 'Keeping the Republic.' I've always admired him as a person and as a governor and wanted to read this about his decisions before he's out of sight.
“The third book is 'The Little House on Genessee.' The author is my wife's uncle John Stark, who passed away recently. This is nonfiction. It's a compilation of stories involving people he helped over the years — people with addiction problems — and the AA. He devotes about 10 pages to each individual, explaining what the situation was. Most were focused on alcoholism. He became a sponsor; it was like a calling. The book was nationally published in 2012.
“Of all the books I've read, I think I'd pick 'The World According to Garp' as a favorite. I enjoyed the twists and turns and the different situations. I loved it!
“Another memorable book is 'The Glass Castle,' by Jeannette Walls. It's about a humble family — and the daughter's life experiences. The essence is totally nonfiction, written by a woman telling her life story. It's amazing she could achieve what she did.
“And 'The Federalist Papers' belong on that list. They were written by some of my favorite people — Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, to name a few, and how they argued for their positions — arguments to help make their goals prevail. They were written by all the biggies. They set the stage for our government! My college major was political science; that's when I first read the papers.”