Eric Robb’s Best Reads of 2016

eric-robbMy name is Eric Robb.  I am a resident of Evanston and work as an associate teacher at Baker Demonstration School.  Outside of my teaching duties, I volunteer for the Dare2tri Paratriathlon Club – an organization that supports triathletes with disabilities.  My duties include fundraising as well as guiding and supporting athletes with a diverse array of disabilities toward their athletic goals.  I spend what free time I have left playing either guitar, bass guitar, or piano.

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1)  A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole (1980)

This is one of the funniest books I’ve ever read, so much so that this was actually my second time reading through it.  Toole’s main character, Ignatius Reilly, who considers himself a great misunderstood genius of his time, provides a perfect mixture of highbrow humor and slapstick comedy.

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Some recommended reading on Sept 11

imagesHere are two suggested lists of the many on the September 11 attacks. This first short list of 5 books aims to deal with the human impact of the tragedies. There are many accounts of how the losses affected the survivors and the friends and family left behind. The second list is not necessarily as personal but covers a wider range of issues and includes photos (some disturbing) with lengthy captions. EPL has hundreds of items relating to the historic events of the day as well.

Shira S.