I'm starting the new year with a promise to myself to get back to reading. After too much time spent flipping TV channels and watching movies, I turned the set off last weekend. All this came about when I read a post on my daughter's Facebook wall. I quote: "Mom says there's nothing good on television tonight. I told her to read a book." It produced some gentle cyber humor, as friends responded with comments like "I thought she worked at a library." It also served as a wake - up call for me,
So....as of Monday I can say (1) I've just finished a book (2) I'm almost at the end of a book (3) I'm in the middle of a book and (4) I've started a book. Here's the run down.
I just finished I Still Dream About You by Fannie Flagg. I always like her brand of southern fried humor mixed social issues, in this case the race riots that took place in Birmingham. The main character, a former Miss Alabama confronts the fact that her life hasn't turned out as hoped. She plans a graceful exit involving a river raft and weights, but circumstances keep preventing her from going through with it.
I'm almost at the end of My Name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira. A dark book, it is the story of a midwife who longs to be a surgeon. The chaos and wasteful deaths caused by the Civil War are graphically described as medical personnel do their best to cope. It is a book that will haunt me for a long time.
I'm in the middle of a paperback, Remember Me by Laura Moore. It's the first in a trilogy set in Virginia and is the story of a successful model who returns to her family horse farm when tragedy strikes. A good romance from an author I enjoy.
I've started The Faith Club, which is non-fiction and written by three women striving to understand each other's religions. Spurred by the events of September 11, it is a spiritual reflection as the authors share their beliefs and backgrounds and establish a friendship that goes beyond the differences in Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
All of these will be available at the library as soon as I turn them in so if anything sounds good, give us a call at 225-3498.
The library will be closed Monday, Jan. 17 for Martin Luther King Day. We will be using the time to install an update to our computerized circulation system. Otherwise, weather permitting, open hours are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 10 a.m. -8 p.m., Tuesday & Friday 10