We’re teaming up with the Omaha Public Library to help readers find new books — or at least books new to them. Every other week in this space, library patrons will tell us what they’ve been reading lately, and why we might want to read it too.
This week: Gail Beaudry-Heuton from the Willa Cather Library, 1905 S. 44th St. Beaudry-Heuton, 53, is originally from Milwaukee and has lived in Omaha since 1978. She was stationed in the area with the Air Force and stayed because her friends were here and it’s a great place to raise kids. She is a nurse at the Omaha VA Medical Center. Beaudry-Heuton has the locations and hours of the Omaha branch libraries posted in several convenient places for easy reference. “Why wouldn’t you use the library?” she said. “There are so many things — books, movies, CDs and more.” Beaudry-Heuton typically reads romance novels, but she enjoys anything in which the author creates vivid pictures with words.
Her recommended reads:
1. “Burning Lamp” by Amanda Quick.
“This author is amusing, but there’s a familiarity, too. It’s like visiting an old friend and learning something new.”
2. “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee.
“How could you not like this book? I worked with an older woman many years ago, and I read this book to her. We both enjoyed every minute of it. This is also one of my favorite movies.”
3. Anything by John Steinbeck.
“Steinbeck has an incredible insight into human nature and creates wonderful pictures succinctly.”
4. “Gardens of Stone” by Nicholas Proffitt.
“This book represents the time of the Vietnam War, the mood of the country and mood of the soldiers.”
5. Anything by Nora Roberts.
“How many books has that woman written? Her books always have a well-researched and interesting setting, and still have a story that moves.”