Your Local Faves’ pick for favorite writer is our very own Charita Goshay. Here, she answers our Q&A on books that have impacted her.
Q. What book got you interested in writing?
A. I can’t possibly point to any one book that inspired me to write. I’ve been in love with the written word from the moment I learned to read. I received books for presents every Christmas as a child and practically wore a path to the little Madge Youtz Branch library next door to my grade school. Among my favorites were the Bobbsey Twins, Encylopedia Brown and the Beezus and Ramona series. Reading is the closest thing we have to magic.
Q. What is the last book you read?
A. I just finished “First Dads,” by Joshua Kendall (448 pages, 2016), and “Five Presidents” by Lisa McCubbin and Clint Hill (464 pages, 2016). A Secret Service agent who served presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon and Ford, Hill was the agent who tried to save Kennedy in Dallas by leaping onto the back of his limousine. It’s a fascinating look at the inner workings of people whose dedication knows no bounds.
Q. What is the last book that made you laugh out loud?
A. “Bossypants” by Tina Fey (304 pages, 2011).
I remember reading it in an atrium of an office building and thinking that passersby probably thought I was going crazy! But I didn’t care. It was that good.
Q. Last book to make you cry?
A. “The Warmth of Other Suns” by Isabel Wilkerson (640 pages, 2010) didn’t make my cry, but it left me breathless at the courage and resolve of real-life people who literally risked their lives to secure a better one.
Q. What is the book that you always come back to?
A. Betty Smith’s “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” (528 pages, 2009).
It’s a time period with which I’ve always been fascinated, and it’s simply a well-told story with universal themes of love, resilience and making the best of one’s situation.
Q. What is next up on your reading list?
A. “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis” by J.D. Vance (272 pages, 2016). I’ve always been fascinated by other cultures and subcultures. And it touches on a struggling region that’s close to our own.