In honor of Mother's Day, we asked The New York Public Library's extraordinary bibliophiles to discuss the books their moms would recommend and we were promptly deluged with stories of wonderful moms near and far who taught their children to love the written word. These children grew up and made a career out of providing everyone access to books. A beautiful literary circle, all thanks to mom.
- My mother Julia lives in upstate New York, about 5 miles away from the house she was born in. She has lived in 4 houses throughout her life and she has had the same telephone number ever since I can remember. There is not a lot that my mother "loves" to do, although there are things that give her pleasure. Reading books and watching old movies are particular pleasures of her (which is a habit that I have gratefully inherited). She doesn't have a favorite book, but she will admit that Ken Follett's Eye of the Needle is one that she has enjoyed reading (several times in fact). Her review in a nutshell? "It was very suspenseful. It had a great lead female character. It was set during the war. I also enjoyed the movie with Donald Sutherland." - Wayne, Library Services Center