Welcome to “Marginal Interests,” a series highlighting the varied reading habits of the local comp community. This time, we spoke to Carol Osborne, Referral Liaison and Business Development executive with Jefferson Neurobehavioral Group.
Comp Blog: What’s the best book you’ve read recently and what spoke to you about it?
Osborne: Give ‘Em Hell – The Tumultuous Years of Harry Truman’s Presidency, In His Own Words and Voice by Terry Golway
Recently we experienced an upsetting campaign – filled with such vitriol and accusations that I needed to turn to the President who is known for his plain-speaking and who spoke without art or drama. I needed the security of history and remember how he led us out of WWII and restored balance to our country. The book is accompanied by a CD of 25 of his most important speeches. Hearing those in his voice and reading the corresponding chapter helped me understand that time in our nation’s history – a time that I would shortly be born into.
Comp Blog: What’s your favorite book of all time? Why?
Osborne: There are two books from my childhood that helped shape my life. Little Women taught me the importance of families and Pollyana shaped my philosophy on life. Pollyana played the “Glad Game” – even in hard times we can find something to be glad about. Between that and knowing that my blood type is B-positive, I figured I was meant to be a positive person!
Comp Blog: Any favorite literary characters either from childhood or now?
Osborne: Jo in Little Women was a problem-solver that would not accept defeat.
Comp Blog: Favorite author right now?
Osborne: With all the reading (BR Business Report, N.O. City Business, N.O. Magazine, Time, The Advocate, Louisiana Comp Blog, emails, etc.) it is difficult to find the time for personal, escapist reading. But when I can, I turn to the novels of Jennifer Weiner. For my history fix, I like the writings of David McCullough.
Comp Blog: Are there any books that you return to again and again?
Osborne: Not many other than history books. As I age and change, my interests are encouraging me to add new reads.
Comp Blog: What genres do you gravitate to the most?
Osborne: Definitely history. For example, before I drove to Natchez this year for the Louisiana Claims Association conference, I picked up several books on that area’s history. When I lived outside of Philadelphia, I spent several years reading about our country’s founding, the War for Independence, and the writing of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. I would walk the streets of Philly and imagine walking in the shoes of Ben Franklin. I also insisted on standing in the cold and watching the Reenactment of Washington crossing the Delaware on Christmas Day. I also love reading about New Orleans – our history, culture, and food.
Comp Blog: What’s your book collection like (paper or digital, organized or chaotic, etc.)?
Osborne: All paper – I need to touch the pages!
Comp Blog: Any favorite bookstores you’ve encountered?
Osborne: Crescent City Books on Decatur in the French Quarter. They sell used books by the stacks. If there’s an out-of-print book that you can’t find anywhere else, this is the place to go. I also loved taking my children to the Maple Street Bookstore when they were growing up. I can spend hours walking and reading – and drinking coffee – in Barnes and Noble too.
Comp Blog: How do you think reading benefits your personal and/or professional life?
Osborne: It keeps me questioning so my mind stays active and curious. It helps me stay current. For my work life, it gives me new avenues to explore and new people to seek out and know.
Comp Blog: Any other thoughts?
Osborne: Reading is a joy that I feel strongly about. It was important for us to pass it onto our three children and five grandchildren. So, we give books to them all year around.
Carol Osborne was born and raised in New Orleans. She is a proud product of New Orleans Public Schools. She graduated from LSU in Speech and Communications and has been active in a number of civic organizations. For the past two years, she has been a member of the Algiers Welcome Table of New Orleans – a project on Racial Reconciliation sponsored by the City of New Orleans and the Winter Institute. As a Breast Cancer Survivor, the project dearest to her heart is serving as the VP of Krewe de Pink, a 501(c) 3 organization dedicated to raising money for the Tulane Cancer Center and Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Since 2001, Carol has worked with Jefferson Neurobehavioral Group as the Referral Liaison and Business Developer. During her tenure, the company has grown to include the following affiliated companies: Boost Rehab Functional Restoration Program, Family Behavioral Health Centers, and most recently, Gulf South Autism Center. Carol and her husband Rick have three grown children and five grandchildren.