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My Perfect Read

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Kelly Gilbert

I'm reading.

Growing up in rural Virginia with Appalachian roots I have learned that magic manifests itself in fascinating ways, whether in the eyes of an excited toddler wielding a paint brush, through the transparent lace of a butterfly wing, or in the latest Holly Black faerie adventure. As a result, I’ve managed to cultivate a quirky family of reading interests that stem from a love for the fantastic along with an affinity for Appalachian literature.

I’m a sucker for flowery illustrations, off-beat children’s stories, and stubborn mountain grandmas with a sharp tongue and a warm heart. Some favorite titles are Fair and Tender Ladies by Lee Smith, Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver, and Gap Creek by Robert Morgan.

I enjoy magical realism because I’ve always been fascinated with nature and with magic and how they interact in fiction; it’s a way for the mysteries of reality to intersect with what we sometimes wish could happen. Storytelling is an essential Appalachian form of communication, and growing up surrounded by tales has shaped my love for books today. 

Genres of Interest:

  • Appalachian Literature
  • Children’s Literature
  • Magical Realism

Appalachian Literature

  • Fair and Tender Ladies by Lee Smith
  • Gap Creek by Robert Morgan
  • Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
  • Saving Grace by Lee Smith

Magical Realism

  • Chocolat by Joann Harris
  • The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  • A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd

Quirky Children’s Literature

  • Charlie and the Grandmothers by Katy Towell
  • Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
  • Thirteen Chairs by Dave Shelton

In my job as Youth Services Information Assistant at the Chantilly branch, I am usually available during regular business hours from Monday to Thursday, and alternating Friday and Saturdays. If you get in touch with me on a Friday or Saturday that I am not available, please allow a day or two for me to reply.

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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