Sunday, June 20, 2010

Sunday Salon - June 19

Lots of stuff for you this week, some bookish, some just fun.

I was so excited to open my email the other day and find an email from Jim Krahenbuhl, Director of the National Hansen's Disease [leprosy] Programs with HRSA, in response to my post about books dealing with the leprosy colony at Carville. He tells me that he's greeted with surprise when he tells his bosses that leprosy still exists (and they're in charge of it), so I don't feel so bad about being unaware of it. He also gave some recommendations for other places to learn more:

"You might find the recent book, Squint, by Jose Ramirez, also of interest. Jose was confined to Carville in the late 1960’s and has devoted his life to overcoming the psychosocial stigma of leprosy. There is also the definitive history (through 1967) of Carville by Stanley Stein, a longtime resident patient (1931-1967) who became a world renowned crusader for patients’ rights and diminishing the stigma. Stein founded THE STAR a patient-run newsletter that is still available on line. In its hay-day the STAR sent 50,000 copies per issue around the world. Of course the completely unnecessary quarantine laws of that era (1940’s and 1950’s) required the newsletter be sterilized. See: Finally there is a terrific DVD, Triumph at Carville, done for PBS in 2008. "

At The Huffington Post, I found this list of Indie Bookseller's picks for summer reading, which includes Justin Cronin's "The Passage" and "The Singer's Gun" by Emily St. John Mandel.

Lisa, from Bibliophiliac, awarded me the Sunshine Award. Lisa is an art lover and high school English teacher who also happens to be fond of poetry. Thanks, Lisa! Be sure to check out Bibliophiliac!

Just for fun--20 fictional characters whose names you didn't know, including Barbie, Cap'n Crunch, and The Man In The Yellow Hat from Curious George.


  1. Love the link to 20 fictional character names - I wonder how in the world they found out all of that!

  2. Thanks for linking to The Huffington Post list--I love getting ideas for fun summer reads. I had already suggested The Passage to my husband because even though I haven't read it, I think he will really enjoy it.

  3. The Singer's Gun is so good, you must read it!

  4. Thanks for sharing that email! I have one more book to add now!

    I bought Passage last week and am really eager to read it!

  5. Congrats on the sweet award. Every one seems to be reading The Passage..still not sure if it's the one for me or not.

    Have a great week!

  6. Congratulations on the Award!
    Also a follow up email from the Director of the National Hansen's Disease Programs must have been special after your post on the Carville community.

  7. I bookmarked that book list and will check it out a little later. I love a good book list (as you know).

    That fictional character list was a hoot. I only knew one of them, the professor from Gilligan's Island.

  8. Congrats on the award! I am looking forward to The Passage as well! Have a great week!

  9. Love that Sunshine Award - Congratulations!
    It's awesome that you received a reply from the National Hansen's Disease Program (leprosy) in response to your post. I think most people think that leprosy is a disease from the past and no longer exists. Fortunately there's some better treatment for it but it's still pretty scary.

    I thought the Indie Bookseller's summer reading list on the Huffington Post had some interesting picks. Aaaarrrgh! So much to read, so little time! lol

    I'm going to try and join you for reading "The Space Betwen Us". I hope I can manage it!

    Have a good week, Lisa.
    ~ Amy