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My Perfect Read

FCPL staff can help you find it.

Matt Moffett

Matt Moffett deep inside Luray Cavern.

One of my oldest memories centers around an argument with my dad. I was about five years old and we were reading together; dad was reading the Washington Post while I was digging through a tattered issue of Amazing Spider.-Man. I got excited and shared pieces of the story with my dad. At one point he laughed and said, "The way you talk about that comic you'd think those are real people."

"But dad," I said, "Spider-man IS real."

Dad then spent the next 30 minutes trying to convince me Peter Parker was just a character in a comic book. I didn't believe it then and there's a part of me that doesn't believe it now. Or, at least, doesn't want to believe it.

I've spent the rest of my reading life looking for books that capture that same feeling. That sense of completely falling into a book so deeply that you just know that it's a real thing.

As I grew up I travelled into Mythology and then moved into classic Sci-fi and Fantasy authors. By the time I hit High School I was devouring Ray Bradbury, Robert Heinlein, H.P. Lovecraft and many of the others who paved the way for the imaginative stories coming out today.

In Undergrad I studied English Literature and Art History, which helped me develop a strong passion for modern and postmodern literature and art. I also enjoy narrative-driven histories and travel narratives, especially those that really open up a world, landscape or experience that's new to me, and I hold a particular interest for memoirs written by adult adoptees. When it comes down to it my favorite books are those that do it all: create a wonderfully imaginative world for the reader, show me fully realized characters that manage to surprise and move me.

I became a librarian because I like to help guide people to books that do the same thing for them. So join me and we can find something together.

Genres of Interest:

  • Science Fiction
  • Fantasy
  • Horror
  • Literary Fiction
  • Graphic Novels
  • History
  • Memoir

Science Fiction

  • Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang
  • Dhalgren by Samuel Delany

Fantasy

  • A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • The Wizard by Gene Wolfe

Horror

  • 20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill
  • Kraken by China Mieville

Literary Fiction

  • The Echo Maker by Richard Powers
  • The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
  • The Wind-up Bird Chronicles by Haruki Murakami

Graphic Novels

  • Wilson by Daniel Clowes
  • Saga of the Swamp Thing by Alan Moore
  • This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki

History

  • The Immortal Irishman by Timothy Egan
  • The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan

Memoir

  • All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung
  • The Mistress's Daughter by A.M. Homes
  • Why Be Happy When You Can Be Normal? by Jeantte Winterson

In my job as Assistant Manager at the Burke Centre Community Library my hours vary, but I am usually available Monday through Thursday and then alternate week-to-week between Fridays and Saturdays. Sometimes I may be in meetings or helping customers in the building, so please forgive me if I take a day or two 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!

 Let's Get Started!

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