The Cherokee Public Library has been doing a great checkout the last few weeks. After all what is there to do this winter but watch movies or read books? Here are a few suggestions from what I've been reading and watching.
Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman is a first novel. Its title character is a young girl whose mentally ill mother can't forget days as a Georgia beauty queen. After a tragic accident Cee Cee moves south to live with a great aunt where she learns to cope with her past and accept help from the women surrounding her.
Bloodroot by Amy Greene, also a first novel, is a little dark but what a fascinating picture of life in the east Tennessee mountains. The title refers to a flower with roots producing a dark red liquid that can be used for healing or poison. The story centers on a girl with "haint" blue eyes whose life affects all those she encounters.
Not My Daughter is by Barbara Delinsky an established romance writer. It deals with a teenage pregnancy pact and is told from several points of view. One of the narrators is the high school principal, a woman who must not only cope with her daughter's pregnancy but the repercussions of her own teenage experience as well.
Elvis: My Best Man by George Klein is refreshing because it is not a tell all. Instead a portrait of a friendship during the early days of rock and roll is shared by a man who knew Elvis Presley well. I don't read a lot of non-fiction but I enjoyed this one.
Other new titles either on the shelf or arriving soon are Secrets of Eden by Bohjalian, Winter Garden by Hannah, Worst Case by Patterson, Kisser by Woods, Treasure Hunt by Lescroart, Fantasy in Death by Robb, Big Girl by Steel and The Politician by Young.
As for movies I've been watching some older ones. Grumpy Old Men and New in Town were perfect for winter days but if you're as tired of snow and ice as I am, try Mamma Mia! or Blue Hawaii for a great escape.
New DVDs at the library include Julie & Julia, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, (500) Days of Summer, Fame and Michael Jackson: This is It. Coming soon will be Couples Retreat, The Time Traveler's Wife and Amelia. Our DVDs check out for 7 days.
Normal open hours for the library are Monday, Wednesday & Thursday 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Tuesday & Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m., but so far this winter has not been normal. Please call ahead, 225-3498, if you think weather conditions are questionable and make sure the library is open. It will be closed on Monday, February 15 for Presidents' Day.