A reading family, bookplates for inherited books

31 May

My parents were avid readers. We read at the table, family members walked with open books from the dining room to the living room, we read while eating popcorn or ice cream sundaes for dessert, and we read in bed until we fell asleep. For us kids, that often meant a flashlight under the covers. My niece, knowing this about her grandparents, asked for some books that they had found interesting. As my brothers and I went through their bookshelves we also found some that other grandchildren or great-grandchildren might like. I placed a book-plate in each book that explains why it was chosen to be passed on. Here is the text of a few of them:

  • In Escapes and Rescues compiled by Margaret C. Scoggin (Knopf, 1960): This book is special because it shows how a Gerry tent played an important pert in saving the lives of some of the climbers of the 1953 American attempt to climb K2, the second highest mountain in the world.
  • In A Treasury of Mountaineering Stories edited by Daniel Talbot (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1954): From the time she was a young girl walking alone across the frozen St. Clair River to Canada to planning a world climbing and biking tour with her husband Gerry, Ann Cunningham loved adventure. The world tour never happened, but other adventures came her way. As this book shows, her appetite for adventure extended to her reading.
  • In Two Under the Indian Sun by Jon and Rumer Godden (Viking, 1966): Ann Cunningham was always fascinated by books about India, both fiction and nonfiction. This book was one that introduced her and her daughter Penny to the author Rumer Godden. Over the years they read and talked about many of Rumer Godden’s books.

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