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In July, the Keizer Community Library hosted a discussion about literacy in the community and it got us wondering what Keizer was reading.

We solicited responses to the question via e-mail and Facebook from Keizer residents and local leaders. In return, we got a deluge of suggestions covering a wide swath of current fiction and nonfiction titles. The diversity of topics and genres was immense and only one book got mentioned twice, Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand.

If you’re looking for a good read, Keizerites have plenty of thrilling potential starting points.

Donna Carlson,
office manager, Cummings Elementary School
Read Still Alice
by Lisa Genova
An excellent story about the effects of Alzheimer’s on both the family and the patient. Not just factual, it truly tells a story. It’s a must read twice.
Also suggested: Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean Auel

David Philbrick,
Keizer resident and former city volunteer
Read The Boys in the Boat
by Daniel James Brown
It is about the University of Washington eight-man crew that won gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.  It is an inspiring, personal window into athletic accomplishment, the Northwest, and working-class America during the Depression.

Cathy Clark,
Keizer city councilor
Read Sons of the Profits by William C. Speidel
I got it after taking the Underground Tour of Seattle. It’s a hilarious romp through Seattle’s history from 1851 to 1901. I’ll never be able to see those streets named for the founding fathers in quite the same light again.
Also suggested: The Mitford series by Jan Karon

Samantha Ragaisis,
Weddle Elementary School Principal
Read An Innocent Client by Scott Pratt
I am a legal thriller junkie and summer is my time to catch up. I try to avoid any book that uses the following in summer months: budget, teaching, administration, state standards.
Also suggested: Hostile Witness by Rebecca Forster and The Good Lawyer by Thomas Benigno.

Isaac Parker,
McNary football head coach
Read When Pride Still Mattered by David Maraniss
I look for how can I motivate 50 guys to work as a group when 11 of them are on the field. There’s so much psychology that goes into that and this book goes into it.

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