We’re teaming up with the Omaha Public Library to help readers find new books — or at least books new to them. Every other week in this space, library patrons will tell us what they’ve been reading lately, and why we might want to read it too.
This week: Jessica K. Johnson from the Millard Branch, 13214 Westwood Lane. Johnson, 25, is originally from Troy, Ill., and has lived in Omaha for the past three years. She works as a campus librarian for Wright Career College, and uses Omaha Public Library for her job. She loves the atmosphere of libraries and thinks that the Millard Branch is one of the best. Johnson typically reads fantasy books for the escape they provide, and also historical nonfiction. Johnson’s recommended reads:
1. “Angela’s Ashes” by Frank McCourt
This is a fairly mind-blowing autobiography about growing up in abject poverty in Ireland.
2. The “Harry Potter” series by J.K. Rowling
It is a popular favorite, but I love how accurately J.K. Rowling can age the main character from ages 11 to 17.
3. “Watchmen” by Alan Moore
“Watchmen” is the epitome of a graphic novel’s full potential. The storytelling is absurdly amazing.
4. “Red Dragon” by Thomas Harris
I’m a fan of criminal psychology and this book is one of the most chilling I’ve ever read.
5. “Rumkowski and the Orphans of Lodz” by Lucille Eichengreen
This is a great, quick read that reveals the darker side of Chaim Rumkowski — the Nazi-appointed leader of the Jewish Council in the Lodz ghetto during World War II. Rumkowski was a complete monster to his people.