Meet a Nantucket Bookworm – Manda Riggs

Meet a Nantucket Book Worm – Manda Riggs


Name: Manda Popovich Riggs

Mitchell’s or Bookworks?  Mitchell’s Book Corner.

Brant Point, Sankaty or Great Point Lighthouse?  Sankaty Lighthouse.

Favorite Nantucket Books: The Beach Club by Elin Hilderbrand, and all the Cary Hazlegrove photo books.

Favorite book as a child:  Mandy by Julie Andrews, Girl from the Limberlost by Gene Stratton-Porter, and My Darling, My Hamburger by Paul Zindel.

Favorite Literary Quote: ­­­­­­­­ “It was inevitable: the scent of bitter almonds always reminded him of the fate of unrequited love.” – Love in the Time of Cholera, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

Favorite Author to read at the beach:  Greg Iles and Justin Cronin.

Last Book that made you cry: Tell the Wolves I’m Home, by Carol Rifka Brunt.

Last Book that made you laugh:  Where’d you go Bernadette by Maria Semple.

Last Book that scared you: ­ Into the Forest by Jean Hegland.

You only get one book for the rest of your life to read over and over. What would you pick?  Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen.

What kinds of books do you enjoy reading?  I read EVERYTHING!!!

Favorite Books: Angle of Repose and Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner, The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell, Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen, The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson, Ashes in the Wind by Kathleen Woodiwiss, The Fifth Sacred Thing by Starhawk, Cider House Rules by John Irving, The Agony and Ecstasy by Irving Stone, San Miguel by TC Boyle, A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley, The Disappeared by Kim Echlin, Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie, The Dead Zone by Stephen King and Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates.

Best Book into Movie: The Unbearable Lightness of Being, by Milan Kundera. The movie featured Daniel Day Lewis and Juliette Binoche – crazy sexy!

Literary Guilty Pleasure: ­ Definitely anything by Kathleen Woodiwiss (all historical romance) and any mysteries from Elizabeth George, Kathy Reichs or John Burdette.

What book (s) are you looking forward to reading this year? ­­­­ My Life in Middlemarch by Rebecca Mead, The Last Days of California by Mary Miller, The Fever by Megan Abbott, The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling), The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer, We Need New Names, by NoViolet Bulawayd, The Great Glass Sea by Josh Weil and The Ruins by Scott Smith.

If you could have a dinner with three authors who would they be?  Wallace Stegner, Junot Diaz and Salman Rushdie….can you imagine that!

If you could have lunch with three fictional literary characters who would they be?  Sonchai Jitpleecheep, the Thai Buddhist detective in the John Burdette “Bangkok” series, Cormoran Strike, the detective from The Cuckoo’s Calling and The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith, and Reno from The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner.

Favorite Place to read a book on island:  In the backyard on the outdoor sofa.

What are you reading right now? ­­­­­­­ I am reading The Leftovers by Tom Perotta, Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo, The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie, Open City by Teju Cole, Savage Beauty: The Life of St. Edna Vincent Millay by Nancy Milford, an advanced reader of Bones Never Lie by Kathy Reichs and W.H. Auden – Selected Poems. I get bored easily, so I have to keep it interesting.

Thanks Manda for being a Nantucket Bookworm.  Come get a recommendation from Manda at Mitchell’s!

Happy Reading!


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