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Reading up on Rolling Stones – and more

Saturday, June 15, 2013 - 12:01 am

Editor's note: This week's Page Turner reader interview is with Jeff Krull, director of the Allen County Public Library.

“I have been reading the autobiography of Keith Richards; its title is 'Life.' I wasn't really knowledgeable about the Rolling Stones and their music, but this book is a good read. He is very frank. He wasn't into the rock scene, but he was a great guitarist. Now I know the difference between great and mediocre.

“I enjoyed reading about his relationships with other members of the group, including Mick Jagger, and how much the Rolling Stones imitate the blues people and how they hang out with them. I appreciated learning about how they play riffs, among other things. I recommend the book.

“Also very good is 'Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking.' It's by Susan Cain, and this book was recommended by my daughter, Marla. It discusses different personality types, especially introverts — and what does it mean to be an introvert.

“There's an adulation here of introverts; extraverts have many fine qualities, but so do introverts with their reflection, deliberate consideration of things, being contemplative. The author also pointed out that being an introvert doesn't mean you can't have a social life and be with people, but you should work on being outside of oneself and interacting in social situations. Half of us are introverts, but being an introvert doesn't mean you can't enjoy other people. This is another book I can recommend.

“I love to cook, and I picked up in the Business and Technology Department 'A Man and His Meatballs.' The author is John LaFemina. What's different about this book is that it starts out like a memoir — about his life in the restaurant business and how sick of it he became. He wanted out. So he went to college, meeting all affluent types, Ivy Leaguers, et al — and he worked on Wall Street. But cooking was in his blood, and he gravitated back. The second half of the book contains recipes he uses.

“Now I'm really enjoying 'Citizens of London: The Americans Who Stood with Britain in Its Darkest, Finest Hour.' The author is Lynne Olson. The book is set in London as Britain was being pounded by the Nazis — but Americans like Averill Harriman and John Winant refused to leave. They were close to Churchill and were trying to convince FDR we needed to get involved. In every way they could, they tried to communicate this message back to Americans."