Lynn's Staff Picks
Lynn is one of those renaissance people who has worked and played at many things in her life including what you may know her for around Sisters: photography and reporting for the Nugget Newspaper and playing music with the Anvil Blasters.
Her favorite books tend to be nonfiction or historical fiction — or any genre that has a heap of wonder and not many clichés in its pages. She digs authors who write with keen observation and humor and those who can bring her so far inside a story that it takes her a few days to come back to reality.
She's also worked as a graphic designer since the mid-90s, and today specializes in the file production and design of the covers and interiors of books. She definitely judges books by their covers… as well as their words.
This is exactly the way to tell the story of two beings - a human mother and a baby bird - who each survive epic falls... and help each other heal. The photographs (Bloom, the father, is a pro photographer) of Penguin (the magpie) with the whole family are delightful, memorable and made me feel as if I was there for many precious and intimate moments. This survival story is told with vulnerability - raw yet gracefully - without getting mushy. The lessons are the big ones life can hand us, but the text has few clichés and little pity: "Penguin could not have arrived at a better time, by which I mean a more terrible time." "Penguin was a tender as a baby pea - and as subtle as a black-and-white brick."
The book ends with a remarkably frank and courageous essay by the mother in this family, about her new reality as a paraplegic. Her sage advice for other spinal-cord-injured and their family and friends, is a gift. I'd really love to meet this family.