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My Perfect Read

FCPL staff can help you find it. Last Updated: May 16, 2024 4:55 PM

Jeff Snavely

Jeff Snavely, with his favorite books, in an outdoor setting.

I'm a lifelong nonfiction reader―I've always enjoyed learning about a wide variety of topics through nonfiction, biographies, memoirs and travel writing. I enjoy fiction (especially historical fiction and sci-fi) and do read it occasionally, but my long list of unread nonfiction usually comes first.

After a 20-year career as a Washington, D.C. military musician (clarinetist in the Air Force & Navy bands) I pursued a Master's degree in library science from Catholic University. I have a few years' experience in elementary school libraries and now enjoy helping people of all ages find books at the Sherwood Regional library.

As a musician I've read many music biographies (rock, jazz, classical) and my other interests include: the arts, business, technology, travel, history, current events and any other books that look interesting!

My wife reads lots of nonfiction as well so we often recommend recently enjoyed books to each other and discover things that we might not have picked ourselves. Having this experience at home helps me share book ideas with others as you never know what books you may enjoy―especially books on topics you may not have picked yourself.

Genres of Interest:

  • Nonfiction
  • Memoirs
  • Biographies
  • Travel (memoirs, adventure etc.)
  • Business & Technology
  • Humor

Juvenile Fiction

  • Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai (a powerful immigrant story for upper grades & adults)

Young Adult

  • Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco Stork (novel about autism)
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  • Under a War-Torn Sky by L.M. Elliott (action-packed WWII Historical Fiction)
  • This kid can fly: it's about ability (not disability) by Aaron Philip (teen autobiography about Cerebral Palsy)

Biographies & Memoirs

  • Catch Me If You Can by Frank Abagnale (Steven Spielberg's 2002 movie of the same name was based on this book)
  • Kick Me: Adventures in Adolescence by Paul Feig (Humor by a Hollywood writer, director & actor)
  • The Suitcases by Anne Hall Whitt (a powerful story of three sisters' experiences in orphanages and foster care after the Great Depression)
  • Open: An Autobiography by Andre Agassi (a powerful story by a tennis champ who hated tennis -- a great read even if you don't like tennis)
  • The Mutt: How to Skateboard and Not Kill Yourself by Rodney Mullen (world-champion, innovator and self-professed nerd shares his powerful story)
  • iWoz: Computer Geek to Cult Icon, How I Invented the Personal Computer, Co-Founded Apple, and Had Fun Doing It by Steve Wozniak
  • Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
  • Iron and Silk by Mark Salzman (teaching English & studying martial arts in China)
  • True Notebooks: A Writer's Year at Juvenile Hall by Mark Salzman
  • Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua
  • Mozart and the Whale: An Asperger's Love Story by Jerry Newport
  • The journal of best practices: a memoir of marriage, Asperger syndrome and one man's quest to be a better husband by David Finch
  • The king and I: the uncensored tale of Luciano Pavoratti's rise to fame by his manager, friend, and sometime adversary by Herbert Berslin
  • A Thousand Days in Venice: An Unexpected Romance by Marlena de Blasi


  • Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steve Levitt & Stephen Dubner
  • Busting Vegas by Ben Mezrich
  • Straight Flush: The True Story of Six College Friends Who Dealt Their Way to a Billion-Dollar Online Poker Empire -- and How It All Came Crashing Down... by Ben Mezrich
  • The Soloist: A Lost Dream, an Unlikely Friendship, and the Redemptive Power of Music by Steve Lopez
  • Best. State. Ever.: A Florida Man Defends His Homeland by Dave Barry (Humor)
  • The Red Market: On the Trail of the World's Organ Brokers, Bone Theives, Blood Farmers, and Child Traffickers by Scott Carney
  • Everything Bad is Good For You: How Today's Popular Culture is Actually Making Us Smarter by Steven Johnson
  • Free: the future of a radical price by Chris Anderson
  • Brunelleschi's Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture by Ross King
  • The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way by Amanda Ripley
  • Empire Building: The Remarkable Real-Life Story of Star Wars by Garry Jenkins


I work part-time as an information librarian at the Sherwood Regional library. Please allow a few days for me to get back to you as I'm not at work every day.

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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