When I can't think of anything for a column, I usually end up writing about books. When I do that I usually write about fiction. So I thought I'd change pace a little and cover some of the recent non-fiction titles we have at the Cherokee Public Library.
Tears in the Darkness by Michael and Elizabeth Norman is the story of the Bataan Death March and its aftermath. It focuses on Ben Steele, a cowboy from Montana, who later in life made harrowing drawings of his experiences. It will no doubt become a staple in World War II collections.
The Age of Wonder by Richard Holmes has the subtitle How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science. It had excellent reviews and is a series of scientific stories about the end of the eighteenth century when great ideas and experimentation flourished.
Wesley the Owl by Stacey O'Brien was deemed "wonderful" by my daughter. It's the story of a nineteen year relationship between a biologist and a rescued baby barn owl. Complete with pictures chronicling Wesley's development and personality, it is a heart warming and inspiring story.
Shed Your Stuff, Change Your Life by Julie Morgenstern is a self-help book. The SHED plan involves four steps: Separate the treasures, Heave the trash, Embrace your identity and Drive yourself forward. The blurb says it is a practical plan for managing change in every aspect of life.
Bobby and Jackie by C. David Heymann could probably be seen as a tell all gossip book. However, what I came away with was a better knowledge of the Kennedy dynasty and how the relationships and foibles of family members affected politics. The Pulitzer nominated author's research was thorough and annotated.
Slob Proof! by Debbie Wiener got my attention with its title. Actually it's a home decorating book with advice for the cleaning impaired and decorating challenged, everything from what fabrics wear best to what colors don't show dirt.
And for those of us who qualify, we have new Idiot's Guides to Getting Out of Debt, to Sensational Salads, to Stretching Your Dollar and to the Perfect Job Interview.
There's always something for everyone at the library!
Reminder: The library will be closed Friday, September 4 through Monday, September 7 for the Labor Day holiday weekend and staff vacation time. Winter hours begin on Tuesday, September 8: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 10 am -- 8 pm, Tuesday & Friday 10 am -- 5 pm and Saturday 10 am -- 2pm.