What’s Your Favorite Book?

Find out what one of our neighbors would choose as his number one read.

Check out "Talk of the Town" each Tuesday to learn what one of your friends and neighbors thinks about a particular topic. We'll ask a different resident a different question each week (we may repeat some of the more popular ones) and share his or her answer, along with a photograph, on Emmaus Patch.

We'll also invite you to share your thoughts on the question in the comments and to make suggestions of future "Talk of the Town" questions.

This week, we're talking with Emmaus resident Steven Zakos. We caught up with Steven at the  playground, and here's what we asked him:

What’s your favorite book?

"'The Great American Novel' by Phillip Roth. It has a lot of great literary themes and yet is still raunchy and funny. It’s about baseball and about the mythical Rupert Mundies baseball team who are forced because of the war effort to wander the entire season as the visiting team and what it does to their psychie."

Kathleen Shannon July 05, 2011 at 02:38 PM
Jenae - how is it possible to have one favorite book? I loved "The Borrowers" and "The Secret Garden" when I was a child and reread them incessantly. For my own children, my favorite is "Where The Wild Things Are." As an adult, there are too many favorites to mention - currently "The Pale King" by David Foster Wallace, "Eat, Pray. Love" by Elisabeth Gilbert, "A Man In Full" by Tom Wolfe, John Updike's work, many biographies, autobiographies - Walter Cronkite, Tom Brokaw, books about the media and how it works, so many great books out there - how can anyone choose one - it's just like choosing your favorite film - it's impossible.
srodham69 July 05, 2011 at 05:18 PM
I agree that it's an impossible task for true readers! I love GONE WITH THE WIND, HUCKLEBERRY FINN, and BEACH MUSIC, all for very different reasons.
Jenae Holtzhafer July 05, 2011 at 05:56 PM
I agree, Kathleen! I have several 'favorites.' One of my current top picks is "Someone Knows My Name" which is a great read prior to reading "The Help." "Snowflower and the Secret Fan" was very interesting. "The Other Boleyn Girl" was the book that got me interested in reading more historical fiction (which I now LOVE!). Two of my all-time faves are "Travels with Charley" by John Steinbeck and "Into the Wild" by Jon Krakauer. It's always an interesting question to get people talking about what they've read. Thanks for sharing your favorites! I hope others do the same.


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