Library Column for July 9, 2010
I am not a morning person. Never have been, probably never will be. I can get up early if I have to thanks to a clock with a double alarm that's set an hour ahead but the snooze button takes a beating most days. My favorite time is late evening. That's when I read. There's always one more page, one more chapter to finish and many times it is past midnight when I give it up.
Working at a library just feeds my night owl habit as I see the new books come in. This summer there will be no shortage of reading choices at the Cherokee Public Library. Here are some of the new "hot" titles that have arrived or will be coming in soon.
The Sisters from Hardscrabble Bay by Beverly Jensen is currently residing on my coffee table waiting for a late night run. Spanning the years from 1916-1987 and taking place in New England, it is vignettes from the lives of Idella and Avis beginning with their mother's death in childbirth. It has been called original, sharp witted and big hearted.
The Passage by Justin Cronin has received rave reviews and a lot of publicity in the catalogs. I'm not sure it will be on my list as the subject is a vampiric bat virus that's unleashed on the world, but a colleague in Milford can't say enough good things about it. If you're looking for something different, this might be it.
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender is another high profile book this summer with an unusual premise. Nine year old Rose has discovered that when eating she can discern the emotions of the person who prepared the food. For example, her mother's lemon cake produces dissatisfaction. Odd but interesting.
Pray for Silence by Linda Castillo received almost five stars from 51 reviews on Amazon. It is the author's second Amish murder mystery. Described as strong, gory and sinister it should appeal to thriller readers who are looking for new authors. Our own Sandi Beals said the first one, Sworn to Silence, was "quite a book."
For those of you who prefer tried but true authors, we have Ice Cold by Tess Gerritsen, Family Ties by Danielle Steel, Private by James Patterson, Lion by Nelson Demille, Game Over by Fern Michaels, Betrayers by Bill Pronzoni, Take Four by Karen Kingsbury, Live to Tell by Lisa Gardner and Shadow Zone by Iris Johansen among others. Stop in and take a look or call 225-3498 to check availability and place a reserve.
Remember to pick up a July newsletter! It had all the details of the summer reading program. Mark your calendar for the evening of July 15 when Indiana Bones and his dragon puppet Draco visit Cherokee to tell tales and crack a bullwhip. We hope people will make it a family event. Sponsored with a gift from Paul and Marilyn Cedar, it takes place at 6:30 pm that Thursday at the Cherokee Community Center.