In March, Sacramento native Anthony Kennedy came home for the dedication of a library named in his honor. The U.S. Supreme Court justice looked on proudly as a wing of the Sacramento federal courthouse was christened the Justice Anthony M. Kennedy Library and Learning Center.
As part of the ceremony, Kennedy handed out a reading list to the invited guests, one that he'd compiled titled "Understanding Freedom's Heritage: How to Keep and Defend Liberty."
The Ninth Circuit Library explained, "Although prepared for young people, this collection of books, speeches, letters, judicial writings and important founding documents provides thought-provoking reading for people of all ages."
Now Kennedy is sharing his reading list with one and all at www.ca9.uscourts.gov/ library.
It's certainly diverse and surprising, ranging from the commencement speech delivered by actress Reese Witherspoon in the movie "Legally Blonde" to John Gillespie Magee's inspirational poem "High Flight." Also present are Don McLean's song "American Pie," Lou Gehrig's "Farewell to Baseball," Robert Frost's poem "The Road Not Taken," George Washington's resignation speech, and women's rights advocate Sojourner Truth's speech "Ain't I a Woman?" Good stuff all around.
Meet State Fair authors
Thirty-three California writers will alternately staff the Authors Booth at the California State Fair, now through July 28 (www.bridgehousebooks.com/events/statefair2013.htm; (916) 985-7411).
If you can't make it to the A/B (California) Building for a chat, consider meeting 16 of those authors at the Avid Reader at the Tower from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on weekends through July 28.
Three to six authors will be at each event, organized by genres:
July 20: fiction
July 21: children/young adult/inspirational
July 27-28: memoir
The bookstore is at 1600 Broadway, Sacramento; (916) 441-4400.
Reader rekindles love of fiction
Another reader shares her summer reading list.
Debbie Courtney of Elverta "hadn't read fiction in years" until she picked up a used copy of "The Little Stranger" by Sarah Waters, a 2009 sleeper best-seller. "It rekindled my lifelong love of fiction, and I haven't stopped reading it since," she said by phone. Her list:
"The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls" by Anton DiSclafani
"The Ophelia Cut" by John Lescroart
"In Sunlight and in Shadow" by Mark Helprin
"The Other Typist" by Suzanne Rindall
"The Interestings" by Meg Wolitzer
"The Son" by Philipp Meyer
"All That Is" by James Salter
"Indiscretion" by Charles Dubow
"The Ocean at the End of the Lane" by Neil Gaiman
"The Burgess Boys" by Elizabeth Strout
"Sisterland" by Curtis Sittenfeld
To tell other readers what your summer reading list looks like, email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include the words "Summer Reading" in the subject field, and tell us your full name, city of residence and best daytime phone number to reach you.
New titles to pick up
A few titles to add to the stack by your bed, or to load onto your e-reader:
"Fantasy Life" by Matthew Berry (Riverhead, $27.95, 352 pages): It's estimated that 35 million sports fans in the United States and Canada are involved in fantasy sports teams baseball, football, basketball and other pastimes. The question is: Why? The author offers a few answers in this behind-the-scenes look at a hobby gone crazy. Berry is the senior fantasy sports analyst for ESPN.
"Quotes Every Man Should Know" edited by Nick Mamatas (Quirk, $9.95, 144 pages): This diverse collection will help guys drop a witty or profound line in polite or not-so-polite company, taken from hundreds of sources on dozens of topics. Like this one from humorist George Burns: "Happiness is having a large, loving, close-knit family in another city." And this one from President Woodrow Wilson: "If you want to make enemies, try to change something."
"Amy, My Daughter" by Mitch Winehouse (It Books, $27.99, 320 pages): The father of late singer Amy Winehouse tells the painful and intimate story of his troubled daughter. The five-time Grammy-winning singer died two years ago.
"50 Dates in 50 States" by M.L. Brocklehurst (Morgan James, $19.95, 198 pages): To pull herself out of depression, the author formulated a Positive Change Formula for an improved self-image. To develop and test it, she went on 50 blind dates, learning more about herself with each one. Her story could have been silly, but it's an effective if simple model for those wishing to reset their personal lives.
Call The Bee's Allen Pierleoni, (916) 321-1128. On Twitter: @apierleonisacbe