Books That Inspire 2012

Ed Emberley

No one my age in my hometown ever read Rosebud because I always had it checked out. It spoke to me, saying, "Never be anyone but who you are." Throughout my life that wisdom has resonated. While there have been times when this philosophy has not made me friends or helped achieve my goals, I have usually been rewarded for being genuine, even when the reward was only my own peace of mind. The person I must live with every day is myself, and I could not do that if I were trying to be anyone other than who I am.

Karen Rupp-Serrano
Director of Collection Development and Scholarly Communication
University Libraries