Editor's note: This week's Page Turner reader interview is with Mary Tyndall, public information officer for the city of Fort Wayne's Community Development department.
"I often turn to reading to think; that's my reward. Of course, I do a lot of reading of reports and documents at work. Other reading is varied.
"Currently, I am enjoying 'Hillbilly Elegy.' I'm reading it like it's a page-turner. It's a memoir about a family and culture in crisis — some serious things he survived in his childhood where there was so much instability.
"I am also reading 'Insight,' which is written by a psychologist, Tasha Eurich. It's concerned with working on developing relationships in the workplace. I'm not usually a self-help reader, but this one is getting people to listen to how they are perceived and how they can improve. It's the kind of book you read a little, then put down for a while. It's easy reading.
"I like (David) Baldacci's books, and I like some of his characters. He has a new one now — an Amos Decker. He was a police officer but is now a detective with the FBI. He has many flaws and is very human, and I'm enjoying the new characters.
"As to books long remembered, I can never forget Pat Conroy, and especially his book, 'My Losing Season.' My dad was a coach — a basketball coach — and I played under the bleachers while learning about the game. This book is like a memoir. He explains his somewhat violent childhood as he was verbally abused and hit, too. And Pat Conroy is a really good writer! I also like the basketball connection.
"How can I not mention 'Elements of Style,' the Strunk and White book. I had a great teacher in high school who introduced me to this book, and I still have it. The authors urge clarity and simplicity, and I've used this book while proofreading and telling a story. They teach making sure your writing is understandable. They help you find the best way to tell your story."