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My Perfect Read

FCPL staff can help you find it.

Deb Smith-Cohen

IF YOU ARE SOCIALLY ISOLATING AT HOME AND LOOKING FOR SOME GREAT ONLINE-ACCESSIBLE READS, READ ON.

I'VE UPDATED THIS PROFILE TO INCLUDE ONLY TITLES AVAILABLE ONLINE.

I'm reading.

What’s important to me in reading or recommending a book?

  1. Has the author done his or her homework on the details of time and place?
  2. Does the “argument” of the book, if it’s non-fiction, hold together and give me a new way to see the world, with compelling stories that validate the insights?
  3. Is there a narrative flow that reads without bumps, preferably with grace and wit?
  4. Do I quickly start to care about the characters, whether or not I identify with them?

I read mysteries to learn more about times, places and people outside my experience. Some favorite mystery authors include Cara Black, James Benn, Sujata Massey and Jacqueline Winspear.

In social science, I’m a big fan of the Daniels: Dan Ariely, Daniel Goleman, Dan Heath, and Daniel Pink, as well as the Freakonomics writers. Not only does it feed my curiosity, applying this research to home and workplace challenges often proves useful. I’m also a big reader of Jewish fiction and recently presented a program on Jewish women authors for GMU’s OLLI (OSHER Lifeline Learning Institute) program from Naomi Ragen and Elinor Lipman to Diana Bletter and Julia Dahl.

If you’ve enjoyed some of these same authors, ask me for a suggestion. Chances are you’re less than six degrees away from more great reads!

Genres of Interest:

  • historical mysteries
  • social science/business including social trends, staff motivation, customer satisfaction
  • Jewish fiction

In no particular order and grouped by genre:

Mysteries

Social Science/Staff Motivation

Jewish Fiction

Other Favorites

RIGHT NOW, I'M TELEWORKING AND AVAILABLE WEEKDAYS DURING WORK HOURS.  PLEASE GET IN TOUCH!

In my position as Asst. Branch Manager at Patrick Henry Library in Vienna, my hours sometimes vary.  I’m typically in the branch for an early or late shift every Monday-Thursday and either Friday or Saturday.

I try to reply to emails promptly but don’t feel ignored if it takes me a day or two to send you the thoughtful response you deserve!

I'd like to help you find your perfect read, so please complete the Let's Get Started form, and I will be in touch!

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