Katie O'Malley

Influential books

August 03, 2008|By Liz Atwood

With her job as a Baltimore District Court judge and her duties as Maryland's first lady and mother of four, Katie O'Malley says it's a challenge to find time to read.

"There are so many [books] and so little time," she sighs. Usually, she squeezes her reading in while riding in the car. Her tastes are diverse, but lately she's been reading books that have a message of hope in face of adversity.

"To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee

"As most kids, I had to read it in high school. ... The book had so much meaning for me because the moral hero of the book, Atticus Finch, reminded me of my father, Joe Curran."

"The Glass Castle: A Memoir" by Jeannette Walls

"I like the fact these kids were able to face such adversity and still pull themselves up and make something of themselves. ... It shows such strong people."

"A Hope in the Unseen" by Ron Suskind

"It's another story of someone in a poor neighborhood with a single mom and what struggles he has to endure to make something of himself. ... It's this year's selection for the One Maryland One Book program."

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