What’s the first book you remember reading?
The earliest were probably Scholastic Readers, a series called I See Sam. In terms of “real” books, the first I remember is a cute little Golden Book that I actually bought for my own kids years later. It was called We Help Daddy.
What’s the most recent book you have read or what are you reading right now?
I recently read a novella by one of my favorite authors, Gabriel Garcia Marquez Memories of My Melancholy Whores. The material deals with a sensitive subject, but the writing was incredibly beautiful.
Why did you choose that book?
Because I love, love, love the author, and it’s one of his books I had yet to read.
If you could meet one book character or one author, who would you like it to be and why?
I would certainly love to meet Ignatius Reilly from John Kennedy Toole’s A Confederacy of Dunces. He’s one of my favorite fictional characters. That would be an experience, for sure!
You can only choose five books for your bookshelf. What are they?
A Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez; Leaves of Grass, Walt Whitman; Brave New World, Aldous Huxley; Holidays on Ice/The Santaland Diaries, David Sedaris; Still Life With Woodpecker, Tom Robbins.
Kara Martinez Bachman has been heard on NPR radio and her work has appeared in The Writer, Funny Times, the New Orleans Times-Picayune, and in dozens of newspapers, magazines, websites, and anthologies. She is the author of the humorous essay collection, Kissing the Crisis: Field Notes on Foul-Mouthed Babies, Disenchanted Women, and Careening into Middle Age, published by Quill Driver Books. Find out more at Karamartinezbachman.com.