Martin's Must-Reads

The last thing she ever said to him was “I’m falling asleep.”  In vacationing with friends, Sheryl Sandberg and her husband, Dave, were relaxing on a beach in Mexico.  When Sheryl woke up an hour later, Dave was gone. They found Dave collapsed in the hotel workout room.  Dave died a short while later at the hospital.

“On the old maps of the Arctic—the ones drawn by hand, where geographical features were left blank in places where the world was still unexplored—an area along Greenland’s southeastern coast was sometimes marked as inaccessible “by reason of floating and fixed mountains of ice.”

“No one in London gave Agent 3844 more than a fifty-fifty chance of surviving even the first few days. For all Virginia’s qualities, dispatching a lone-legged thirty-five-year-old desk clerk on a blind mission into wartime France was on paper an almost insane gamble. Her mission, code named Operation Geologist 5, would expose her to grinding fear and the perpetual likelihood of a grisly death. To survive she must live a double life to perfection and avoid capture at all costs.”

“The woman was staring at Nina in what can only be described as a truculent fashion, jangling her extensive, culturally appropriative turquoise jewelry. ‘ I want my money back. It’s a very boring book; all they do is sit around and talk.’ She took a breath and delivered the coup de grace. ‘I don’t know why the manager told me it was a classic.’ ”

I’m Betty Martin with "Martin’s Must Reads" and those are lines from the the first chapter of Abbi Waxman’s very funny novel The Bookish Life of Nina Hill.

"I do not like green eggs and ham, I do not like them Sam I Am. Would you, could you with a goat? Would you, could you on a boat? I would not, could not with a goat, I would not, could not on a boat. I do not like green eggs and ham, I do not like them Sam I Am.”

I’m Betty Martin with "Martin’s Must Reads" and I’m pretty sure everyone over the age of three knows who wrote those words. Becoming Dr. Seuss by Brian Jones is a thorough and very readable biography of the world’s most recognizable children’s book author.

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