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Books I Shouldn't Have Liked by Cindy Hulsey

I’m not really one for surprises, but occasionally it’s nice to be surprised by a book that you’re pretty sure you won’t like. This usually happens to me when the characters, writing style and story transcend the elements of the book that don’t appeal to me. A few examples:

Precocious Protagonists by Cindy Hulsey

I have a soft spot in my heart for precocious protagonists—adolescent characters wise beyond their years, sometimes living in difficult circumstances, who can be both hilarious and heartbreaking. When I was a child I loved Harriet the Spy and I’m still delighted by smart-alecky kids—in literature, not in real-life!

Dead President by Will Thomas

Like writer Sarah Vowell and perhaps Bill O’Reilly, I am fascinated by presidential assassinations.  Perhaps it is the mere thought that the leader of the Free World is no safer than anyone else.  The library shelves are full of tomes on the deaths of Lincoln and Kennedy, but can you name one book on the death of William McKinley, our 25th president?  I suggest Scott Miller’s

Missing Billie by Cindy Hulsey

On Saturday, August 2, Oklahoma lost one of its most beloved authors, Billie Letts.

It's Only Rock 'n' Roll but I Like It by Cindy Hulsey

While public perceptions are changing, there are no doubt still plenty of folks out there who think of spinsters with buns and orthopedic shoes when they hear the word librarian. In some ways I fit the stereotype; I’m a middle-aged woman who likes books and cats, I wear glasses, and I like to create order out of chaos. But in other ways I like to defy the stereotype. I’m not a spinster, I sometimes wear sexy shoes, and I love rock ‘n’ roll.

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