Former Wake librarian’s choices could surprise friends

After more than two years and more than 100 book clubs, Triangle Reads shifts focus this week to look at what readers in our community are recommending.

Dale Cousins is a Wake County native who retired after nearly 40 years with Wake County Public Libraries. She is a community volunteer and the immediate Past President of the N.C. Library Association.

Recommends:Lab Girl” by Hope Jahren. A new biography of a research botanist, it alternates from chapter to chapter regarding her research and her obsession, even mania, with the research itself.

Currently reading:The Aviator’s Wife” by Melanie Benjamin. A novelization of the life and marriage of Anne Morrow Lindbergh to Charles Lindbergh. Mr. Lindbergh certainly comes across as cold and controlling. I am not yet sure how I feel about her; it is difficult to read the book with 2016 filters.

Who or what taught you to love to read? I cannot remember not reading. From going to the library with my Aunt to being a “red bird” in my first grade reading circle, I loved it.

What book would your friends be surprised to learn that you love? “Geek Love” by Katherine Dunn and “Black Sun: The Brief Transit and Violent Eclipse of Harry Crosby” by Geoffrey Wolff.

What movie was better than the book? While I have yet to see a movie that is better than the book, the visuals for “Big Fish” and “Life of Pi” were stunning and better than I imagined on my own.

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Lab Girl

Hope Jahren

Knopf, 304 pages