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A Busy Brewmaster's Summer Book Stack

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A Busy Brewmaster's Summer Book Stack

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Today, our Summer Reading series continues with Carol Stoudt of Adamstown, Pennsylvania. She's the brewmaster of Stoudt's Brewing Company, which just celebrated its 20th anniversary.

Welcome to the program.

Ms. CAROL STOUDT (Brewmaster, Stoudt's Brewing Company): I'm glad to be there.

HANSEN: What are you reading now, Carol?

Ms. STOUDT: Well, I'm planning a trip to Scotland so I bought a book called "Scotland: An Intimate Portrait" by Geddes MacGregor and I'm really enjoying it. Just, kind of, give some history and talks about the character and the soul and I think I have a better appreciation, a lot different than just reading a travel book. I enjoy reading books, you know, before I visit a new place.

HANSEN: Do you read a lot when you travel?

Ms. STOUDT: I read lots when I travel. That's exactly when I read the most.

HANSEN: Anything else you're reading?

Ms. STOUDT: I'm actually reading "Anna Karenina," but I just started it. I got a new version. It's translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, I think the name is. And I love Russian history especially 19th century and I just know I'll be reading more of that actually when I'm on my travel. It's quite lengthy. I think it's almost 800 pages or something like that.

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HANSEN: Yeah that's pretty hefty summer reading there.

Ms. STOUDT: It is. So…


Ms. STOUDT: And I'm also reading Frances Mayes. I just got back from the Greek islands and I read one of her books, "Under the Tuscan Sun." And I was in Santorini, one of the Greek islands. And on the cover, I saw a picture of Santarini so, of course, I had to grab that because it talks about her travels in the Greek isles and also the Turkish coast, which I visited this summer as well. So it's kind of interesting. Again, post-travel and then reading again what her thoughts were when she lived and traveled in the same area. So that's kind of nice.

HANSEN: You know, it's interesting one of our summer readers, Eve Tallman, who is a librarian in Moab, Utah picked the same book.

Ms. STOUDT: Oh, wow.

HANSEN: Yeah. Yeah. So if you had all the time in the world, what would you read?

Ms. STOUDT: I think I'd read "The Odyssey" just because I struggled with it when I was in high school and college. And my 13-year-old grandson just finished it and he loved it. And partially because he's reading it, and partially because I just was in Greece. I want to see if I can have an appreciation for it and not struggle through it like I did years passed.

HANSEN: Our summer reader Carol Stoudt is brew master of Stoudt's Brewing Company in Adamstown, Pennsylvania. Carol, thank you very much.

Ms. STOUDT: Thank you very much and have a good day.

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HANSEN: For Carol Stoudt's full summer reading list, visit our Web site at

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