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What's on Joyce Sparrow's nightstand?

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

What's on Joyce Sparrow's nightstand? 06/07/08 [Last modified: Saturday, June 7, 2008 4:30am]
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