When I'm stumped for column ideas, I write about books. I always have a list of those I want to get to "someday" and I love to share what I've been reading. If any of the following are of appeal, you can find them at the Cherokee Public Library. They will be on the new book shelves if they're in.
'Roses' by Leila Meachem is a thick book with a luscious cover. The story takes place in Texas as the history of two families becomes intertwined. One section is a great portrait of the WWI era. Anyone who enjoys a lengthy historical read should try this one.
'The Postmistress' by Sarah Blake tells the stories of three women whose lives intersect during WWII. One is the postmistress of a small town on America's east coast and another is a newly married doctor's wife. The third, who I found the most interesting, is a foreign correspondent based in England. Her efforts to share her findings about the deportation of the European Jews are poignant.
'Whistlin' Dixie in a Nor'easter' by Lisa Patton is a light read, but leaves some things to think about. A woman is persuaded by her husband to move from her beloved Memphis to Vermont and run and bed and breakfast. Her role as a delicate southern bell is challenged and when things don't go as planned, she is forced to make some decisions.
'Homeland' by Barbara Hambly is set during the Civil War and told through letters, sent and unsent, by friends who are in Tennessee and Maine. Both endure immense hardships and both have to come to terms with the changes the conflict had made in their lives. Fascinating! It's one of those books that will haunt me for a long time.
And since I'm writing about books and sharing, I invite you to come to READit book discussion group at the library. It takes place on Thursday mornings at 10:00am and involves coffee and cookies. Each participant brings a book(s) they're reading. It does not need to be a library copy. Some members are non-fiction readers, some are fiction enthusiasts and most will read anything if they're told it's a good book. The discussions are lively and participation is optional. You only need to contribute if you feel comfortable in doing so. Just listening is totally okay. So please, join us!
Open hours at the library are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday and Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.