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Page Turner: Fredrik Backman's books are good reads

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A change in book tastes has her savoring the things around us.

Saturday, September 09, 2017 12:01 am

Editor's note: This week's Page Turner reader interview is with Libby Alter, a yoga teacher and spin instructor.

"I like to read every night, and I've always loved an electronic device. I like the Kindle, but I also like holding a book and smelling the pages.

"I like Fredrik Backman's books; he's the Swedish author of 'A Man Called Ove,' you know. Now we have 'Britt-Marie Was Here.' She was a character in his grandmother's book. It's about OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) and other problems and is a wonderful story about overcoming what happens as we go on. 'My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry' is the latest book, and the reviews are great to read. He has expanded and now written a whole book on her.

"Then I read a short, short story dealing with people with dementia or Alzheimer's. It's short — you can read it in one sitting. It's 'And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer.' Everything about it makes you cry, but it is good to read.

"A new novel is 'Fitness Junkie,' by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza. It's almost like a parody of programs that are around. It is funny and also cutting: Are you getting enough sleep? Are you moving enough? How many steps have you taken? Do you have a Fitbit? We fall prey to so many things, and this is a fun read.

"A guide to help you is 'The Great Work of Your Life,' by Stephen Cope. I like him as an author. He walks the talk. What he writes about he has lived. This is what I found out.

"My tastes have changed. Before this, I was reading James Patterson and many thrillers and horror stories. I've left that — at least for now. I want to savor the things around us.

"A novel you need to read is 'The Red Tent.' It's been around for a long time and is based on women of the Bible. I've read it twice."

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