Monday, October 18, 2010

Candidate's Favorite Books: Mike Gaughan & Arch Naramore

This election season, we're asking candidates the hard-hitting question "What is your favorite book?" We asked all candidates appearing on the ballot for state and local office. As the election nears, we'll post their answers here.

Mike Gaughan, Democrat from Lawrence, currently serves as a Douglas County Commissioner and is running for reelection. His favorite book is Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby.

"My favorite book of all time is Nick Hornby's Fever Pitch. I remember reading it for the first time and howling in laughter at some of the passages because of his dead-on accounts of what it means to be a fan. Kansas Basketball fans could identify with so much of what he describes. But now that I'm reflecting on it I want to read it again after some of the experiences I've had over the last few years - not as a fan of soccer or basketball - but as a father and as a young adult. Ultimately Fever Pitch is about embracing a passion, and even learning to live with it. I wonder if I will be more drawn to the anecdotes about Hornby's life and relationships, or still to the tales of the affliction of fandom. Regardless, I know I'll be laughing."

Arch Naramore, Republican from Lawrence, is running against Mike Gaughan for Douglas County Commissioner. His favorite book is Pudd'nhead Wilson and Those Extraordinary Twins by Mark Twain.

"How Pudd'nhead (the lawyer) got his name reminds me of a lot of other lawyers. The twins sharing one body with two heads and the struggle between the Methodist head and the free thinker head. Two heads one body that live life completely different, and how the the twins share each others life in one body. Lots of humor."

Inclusion on this blog does does not constitute an endorsement of a candidate by the library. However, we do endorse the books they've chosen.

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