Finding something to read at the Cherokee Public Library is never a problem. Here are some of my latest discoveries.
Three new books by Donna Ball were delightful. 'A Year on Ladybug Farm,' 'At Home on Ladybug Farm' and 'Love Letters from Ladybug Farm' begin what I hope will be a series. Three women who have been friends for a long time face changes in their lives as they enter late middle age. Taking a calculated risk they purchase a beautiful but rundown mansion and accompanying farm land in the Shenandoah Valley. Their adventures which include a runaway, a disgruntled former housekeeper and an amusing herd of sheep make for an entertaining reading experience.
I also find Pamela Morsi's books to be great reads, although they are a little more edgy than the 'Ladybug Farm' group. 'Red's Hot Honky-Tonk Bar' is the story of a grandmother who suddenly needs to assume the care of two children while her daughter is deployed. Since Red lives above her bar, dates a younger man and dresses in a different manner than her contemporaries, it means a lifestyle change. The Bikini Car Wash is the author's newest book. A young woman returns to her small hometown totally overqualified for any local job. In desperation she reopens her family's car wash with a twist.
Another author along the same lines is Penelope Stokes. She writes a clean story with interesting characters and plots. The Book of Peach continues where Heartbreak Café left off. Both have strong women who struggle to make their lives count. The same cast of quirky characters makes them fun to read.
'Russian Winter' by Daphne Kalotay is about a ballerina. It is a dual story with her present life in Boston and her past history as part of the Russian Bolshoi during the time of Stalin running in parallel plot lines. A jewelry auction and a family intrigue all come together in an absorbing novel.
On the non-fiction scene, 'The Law of the Garbage Truck: How to Respond to People Who Dump on You and How to Stop Dumping on Others' by David Pollay caught my attention with it bright yellow and black cover. I have now officially taken the garbage truck pledge. If you're interested, you will need to get on a list for this one.
Reminder...Friends of the Library's basket auction ends at noon on Saturday, December 4. Don't let your favorite basket get away from you!