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Summer Books from Utah's Remote Librarian

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Summer Books from Utah's Remote Librarian

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Since this weekend is the unofficial start of the summer, we are kicking off our annual summer reading series. Each week, we'll talk to one person about the books he or she has set aside for the season. Our summer reader today is Eve Tallman, director of the Grand County Library in Moab, Utah, which was named the best small library in 2007 by Library Journal. Welcome to the program and congratulations, Eve.

Ms. EVE TALLMAN (Director, Grand County Public Library): Thank you.

HANSEN: Moab, Utah - pretty remote, very beautiful. Does that influence what you plan to read?

Ms. TALLMAN: Yeah. Actually in several ways, the audio books that I'll be listening to because to get from Moab to anywhere on vacation requires several hours of drive time.

HANSEN: What audio book will you be listening to this summer?

Ms. TALLMAN: Well, the first one that I've got ready to load into the CD player in the car is "A Year in the World" by Francis Mayes, and it's a travelogue about Spain and Portugal and the Mediterranean region, and it just sounds like a really luxurious thing to listen to while I'm driving across the desert.

HANSEN: Are there books specific to your region that you'd like to read this summer?

Ms. TALLMAN: Yeah. Probably one that's going to be very good is called "Passion and Principle" by Sally Denton, and it's about John and Jessie Fremont. And, John Fremont is probably fairly well known as the great pathfinder and Kit Carson was his traveling companion, and he was the first Republican presidential candidate.

And his bride, Jessie, was the daughter of the influential Missouri senator Thomas Hart Benton. Then when Fremont was running for president, Jessie basically ran his political campaign and that was the first time a woman had been that prominent in a political race at the national level.

HANSEN: Since you are a librarian, do you get some of your patrons come in and recommend books to you to read?

Ms. TALLMAN: Yeah. That's - you think it's the other way around. They come asking for us - about advice. But we did a survey this spring and asked what their favorite books were and I got some great responses. And I guess most of the responses are what I consider items for our subversive literature shelf, so that's like your conspiracy theories and your political can of worms.

And, this one sounds fun - "Learned Pigs & Fireproof Women" by Ricky Jay and it's a nonfiction book about, you know, like, magicians and entertainers, and stone readers and mind readers. So that sounds like a good one.

HANSEN: If you had all the time in the world, is there one book that you haven't read that you want to read?

Ms. TALLMAN: Well, you know, I always wanted to read "Ulysses" and I know that I couldn't get through it when I was 17 and I still can't get through it. Get about six pages in before I give up.

HANSEN: Okay. Eve Tallman is director of the Grand County Library in Moab, Utah. Thanks a lot. Happy reading.

Ms. TALLMAN: Okay.

HANSEN: This is NPR News.

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