Posted on March 16th, 2016

Anne Berman-Waldorf: By the Sefer

anne berman waldorfThis month we asked Anne to answer some questions about her reading life, in the style of the “By the Book” column featured weekly in the New York Times.

What books are currently on your night stand?

Fabulous Small Jews, a collection of short stories that I’m using for a reading
group next Fall.

We always do a summer reading series at Beth Chaim so I’m looking for suggestions for that – something meaningful but “summer reading like….” Looking for suggestions….my nightstand is pretty empty! This is a (not-so) subtle plea for help!

What genres do you especially enjoy reading? And which do you avoid?

Love mysteries – especially by female authors and tend not to read British writers and horror.

What was your favorite childhood book?

Part of my job is supervising the pre-school so I get to revisit favorite children’s books on a daily basis. Currently, I’m loving Click-Clack-Moo: Cows That Type and Giggle Giggle Quack, both by Doreen Cronin. They are a bit subversive with an undercurrent of very sophisticated humor.

Good Night Gorilla (Peggy Rothman) never fails to make me smile and I’ve been known to pull out Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day (Judith Viorst) when the mood strikes – it always pulls me out of a pity-party!

What books do you find yourself returning to again and again?

Really loved the Harry Potter series and find myself quoting them often; a favorite line, uttered by Dumbledore to Neville after awarding points to his house, “it’s hard to stand up to your enemies, harder still to stand up to your friends.”

Anne Berman-Waldorf, RJE, is the first vice president of ARJE.