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Thursday, 13 September 2012

Desert Island Books - Castaway Ann Weisgarber

I'm going off to tour the blogosphere and while I'm away I've invited a few other authors to my Deserted Blog. Whilst they are here they'll share their Desert Island Books.Needless to say I'm a big fan of the Radio 4 show, Desert Island Discs.

Ann Weisgarber is my Castaway today. 
Ann was born and raised in Kettering, Ohio, a suburb of Dayton. After graduating from Wright State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work, she was a social worker in a psychiatric hospital. She moved to Houston and attended the University of Houston where she earned a Masters of Arts in Sociology. She taught sociology at several community colleges in the Houston area.
In addition to Ohio and Texas, Ann has lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and in Des Moines, Iowa. She now splits her time between Sugar Land, Texas, and Galveston, Texas. She and her husband, Rob, are admirers of America's national parks and try to visit a park each year. Ann's next novel, The Promise, will be released in England, March 2013. It is the story of a marriage during the 1900 Galveston, Texas, hurricane.

Here is Ann's selection of a classic, a contemporary and a non-fiction book for her stay on my island.

Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe. Since I'm on a deserted island, I'll need every survivor tip imaginable. This classic is a good place to begin.

Charlotte's Web by E.B. White. This is a children's book but is my favorite novel. It's not all that contemporary but keeping in mind the deserted island issue, I'll need this story about a spider who saves the day.  


Ultimate Visual Dictionary
edited by DK Publishing. The illustrations range from how to tie a knot to the Coliseum in Rome. The pictures are so beautiful and detailed that I'll be entertained for years.

And Ann's new book The Promise is out soon, meanwhile she can enjoy re-reading her own The Personal History of Rachel DuPree, recipient of the Langum Prize for American Historical Fiction for 2010.

It is 1917 in the South Dakota Badlands, and summer has been hard. Fourteen years have passed since Rachel and Isaac DuPree left Chicago to stake a claim in this unforgiving land. Isaac, a former Buffalo Soldier, is fiercely proud: black families are rare in the West, and black ranchers even rarer. But it hasn't rained in months, the cattle bellow with thirst, and supplies are dwindling. Pregnant, and struggling to feed her family, Rachel is isolated by more than just geography.She is determined to give her surviving children the life they deserve, but she knows that her husband will never leave his ranch: land means a measure of equality with the white man, and Isaac DuPree is not about to give it up just because times are hard. Somehow Rachel must find the strength to do what is right - for her children, for her husband, and for herself. Moving and majestic, "The Personal History of Rachel DuPree" is an unforgettable novel about love and loyalty, homeland and belonging. Above all, it is the story of one woman's courage in the face of the most punishing adversity.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks, Dee! This was fun to do, and I'm cheered to see the rescue ship at the top of the post. I hope it's heading toward my island.