Joyce Sparrow is a grant prospect researcher for the Juvenile Welfare Board Children's Services Council of Pinellas County, as well as a Florida Book Award juror. "I get books as gifts frequently, and I love to read them and then talk to the person about it,'' said Sparrow, 50.
What is on your nightstand?
I have three stacks (including) It Takes More Than Balls: The Savvy Girls' Guide to Understanding and Enjoying Baseball, by Deidre Silva and Jackie Koney; Beautiful Lies, by Lisa Unger; Unpacking the Boxes: A Memoir of a Life in Poetry, by Donald Hall; More Florida Stories, edited by Kevin McCarthy; Mystery in the Sunshine State, edited by Stuart Kaminsky; People of the Book, by Geraldine Brooks; Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, by Mary Roach; and Shantaram, by Gregory David Roberts.
What do you recommend to someone who is not a frequent reader?
Barbara Kingsolver's Poisonwood Bible. I loved the way she managed the characters. It's a great story.
Piper Castillo, Times staff writer