Books of my life | Dan Flowers

Dan Flowers has been the president and CEO of the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank since 2003. He and his wife, Holly, have three children, Andrew, Jonathan and Mary.

Dan Flowers has been the president and CEO of the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank since 2003. He and his wife, Holly, have three children, Andrew, Jonathan and Mary.

Q. What book got you interested in your career?
A.
“The Purpose Driven Life” by Rick Warren (368 pages, 2002). My dad got me a copy during graduate school, and it was a huge influence on my life then and still today. 

Q. What is the last book you read?
A.
“Based on a True Story” by Norm MacDonald (256 pages, 2016).

Q. What is the last book that made you laugh out loud?
A.
“Based on a True Story” by Norm MacDonald (256 pages, 2016).

Q. What is the last book that made you cry?
A.
“Farewell to Arms” by Ernest Hemingway (355 pages, 1929). That ending destroyed me.

Q. What is the book you always come back to?
A.
“City of Thieves” by David Benioff (258 pages, 2008).

Q. What is next up on your reading list?
A.
“The Dark Tower III—The Wastelands” by Stephen King (512 pages, 1991).

Q. What is your guilty pleasure book?
A.
“The Clan of the Cave Bear” series by Jean M. Auel. Yep. 

Q. What is a classic you tell people you’ve read but really haven’t?
A.
I read them all!!!

Q. What section of the library or bookstore do you visit first?
A.
History / Nonfiction

Q. Who is your favorite author and why?
A.
Larry McMurtry. “Lonesome Dove” (864 pages, 1985) is my favorite novel, and he captures characters from the heart. He’s just the best of them all.

Q. What book have you read more than once because you love it so much?
A.
“Lonesome Dove” by Larry McMurtry (864 pages, 1985) and “Animal Farm” by George Orwell (112 pages, 1945).

Q. What book have you read that you think the movie is better?
A.
“Game of Thrones” by George R. R. Martin. I’ve read the books, but I like the HBO series so much more.

Q. What is your go-to book recommendation?
A.
“City of Thieves” by David Benioff (258 pages, 2008), always.

Q. If you could only save one book for all of humanity during a zombie apocalypse, what would it be?
A.
The Bible. Great book to build a new civilization off of.

Q. What is the book that shocked you the most?
A.
“The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini (372 pages, 2003) took me off guard. 

Q. What is your favorite book twist?
A.
“The Orphan Master’s Son” by Adam Johnson (443 pages, 2012). That book was a trip!

Q. What is the first book you remember reading?
A.
The first novel I read just because I wanted to was “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance” by Robert M. Pirsig (540 pages, 1974).

Q. Do you have a go-to book for vacations?
A.
I could read “City of Thieves” by David Benioff (258 pages, 2008) over and over and over.

Where to buy

The Repository
Select Rite Aid Stores
Spee-D Foods
Buehler's Fresh Foods
Fishers Foods, including 44th Street NW, Tuscarawas St. W, Fulton Drive, Lincoln Way E. and Cleveland Ave. NW locations
Aultman Hospital Gift Shop
Mercy Medical Center Gift Shop
Gervasi Vineyard Marketplace
Carpe Diem Coffee Shop, downtown Canton and Belden Village Mall locations
News Depot
Avenue Arts Marketplace
Yum Yum Tree Alliance
Grapes in a Glass