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's Take a Page patron is Stephen M. Swartz from Benson Library, 6015 Binney St. Swartz, 67, is originally from Des Moines. He has lived in Omaha since 1965, when he came to Creighton University to complete his undergraduate degree and law school. Swartz retired as a county judge in 2011, and now dedicates much of his time to reading and volunteering at the Nebraska Online Legal Self-Help Center and Nebraska Humane Society. He typically reads mysteries and finishes two to three books a week.
Swartz's recommended reads:
1. Anything by author Robert Parker.
“I like his characters, especially Spenser for Hire and Jesse Stone.”
2. Anything by John Sanford.
“The main character, Lucas Davenport, is a detective for BCI (Bureau of Criminal Investigation) in Minnesota.”
3. “The Light Between Oceans” by M.L. Stedman.
“This is a New York Times bestseller with an odd plot. A couple runs a lighthouse and finds a boat on their island with a baby inside. It's an odd but captivating tale.”
4. “The Greatest Generation” by Tom Brokaw.
“This book mentions several individuals from Omaha.”
5. “I Can't Complain” by Elinor Lipman.
“This is a book of personal essays divided into different categories. It was very entertaining.”