What are You Reading? Sandy Moll

Sandy Moll recently retired as Director of the Arkansas Sentencing Commission. She grew up in Pine Bluff, moved to Little Rock in 1984 to go to law school, got married and stayed here to raise two kids. When she’s not playing with her three-year-old grandson, Tripp, you can find her near a body of water reading, swimming and sailing.

What are you reading at the moment?

I’m reading Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid. I saw an article about how Ms. Reid wrote this book in Arsaga’s Coffee Shop in Fayetteville (a place I’ve spent many enjoyable hours myself) which is really why I decided to give it a read. This novel takes on issues of race and class while telling a highly entertaining modern story of a black babysitter, her white employer and the dynamics between the two. There are lots of surprising twists and reveals to this story. It is great book club material, if your group is still meeting by Zoom these days.

What’s next on your list?

Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad and The Nickel Boys are the next on my reading list. I gravitated toward choosing these titles of Whitehead’s based on the interesting fact that only three other authors have had the honor to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction twice.

What children’s book do you wish every child could read? 

This is an easy one for me: Charlotte’s Web! I remember my dad reading this to my daughter at a young age and their shared enjoyment and understanding of this book has always stood out to me. Who doesn’t love a clever spider and a “terrific” pig!