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Growing up in ‘reading family’ carried on in next generation

Saturday, January 19, 2013 - 12:01 am

Editor's note: This week's Page Turner reader interview is with Elise Ramel, marketing director for the Fort Wayne Civic Theatre.

“I am currently reading 'The Fault in Our Stars,' by John Green. It was recommended by my 17-year-old daughter, who insisted I read it. She loved it! She likes dark, angst-featured books. She said she cried at the ending, but she still thought it is wonderful. She loves the author and has read everything he has written. Two of his other books are 'Looking for Alaska' and 'An Abundance of Katherines.' I'm only about a quarter of the way into it right now.

“She also had me read 'The Perks of Being a Wallflower' before we saw the movie. I loved it! It's really true; you know sometimes you read a story and say, 'That's not the way teenagers talk.' But in this book, the author's voices are true; they're really relatable to the characters. The film was great, too, although books are almost always better than the movies. The girl from 'Harry Potter' is in it — Emma Watson — and she's terrific.

“I think 'Gone with the Wind,' by Margaret Mitchell, is a favorite. I read it when I was fairly young and saw the film, also. It's a mix of drama and romance and history. And it was so well done.

“I re-read books I like. I think I've read 'Little Women' every year around Christmas time. In fact, I re-read all of Louisa (May) Alcott's books.

“My mother was getting rid of a lot of books because my parents are downsizing, so I grabbed a lot of those I had read as a girl. That includes 'Peyton Place' which was 'wicked' when it first came out; pretty tame now. And I have a lot of books from when my mother was little. We've been a reading family.

“I also like Stephen King. I'll go out of my way to read his books. They are so varied. And some are very long ones, like 'Under the Dome,' which is pretty ponderous. It's kind of science fiction. But I like his writing. I like the way he draws his characters; he helps us visualize them.

“My father is a huge James Bond fan and has every James Bond novel, and I've read those. And I really like Anne Tyler's writing. I first read 'The Accidental Tourist' and then 'Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant.' I haven't read any thing of hers in a while, but I do like the way she writes.”