It seems strange to be writing a column. Spending several weeks at home recovering from surgery has changed my daily focus and it may take a little time to shift from 'The Price is Right' and 'Ellen' to full hours at the Cherokee Public Library. Along with too much channel flipping and some movie watching, I read quite a few books during my time at home so here are the ones I liked best. If any are of interest, please call 225-3498 to place a hold.
Wife in Law by Haywood Smith takes place in the Atlanta suburbs during the 60s & 70s. Two women with totally different personalities and life styles become good friends. The story follows them through the ups and downs of the hippie era, political unrest and child rearing. Laugh out loud humor is combined with some serious situations.
The Girl in the Blue Beret by Bobbie Mason is told in flash backs. An airline pilot who is forced to take mandatory retirement decides to follow the path his life took during WW II. He moves to Paris and searches for the people who helped him escape after his bomber was shot down during the war. In the process he confronts issues that have bothered him for years.
Catfish Alley by Lynne Bryant begins when the Junior League president of a small Mississippi town is asked to include African- American sites on the annual tour of historical homes. In the process she meets interesting people, discovers a hidden history and becomes a changed person. Jumping between the 30s and present day, it is a fascinating read.
The Soldier's Wife by Margaret LeRoy takes place during WW II on Guernsey Island as the Germans invade. Lives are changed, rations are short and fear is rampant. A woman whose husband is away fighting must make decisions to ensure the safety of her daughters and her ailing mother-in-law even if it means being friendly with the enemy.
The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt by Caroline Preston is one of the best books I've encountered in a long time. I would dare to call it awesome. The layout is just what the title says, a scrapbook, and the story is told through clippings, photographs and memorabilia from the 20s and 30s. It has to be seen to be appreciated. Watch for it as the theme of the READ-it basket next year.
It's good to be back and it's pretty obvious that the library ran just fine without me. The staff, especially Judy, did a wonderful job in covering my responsibilities and I really appreciate their extra efforts while I was gone. I also thank everyone who sent cards and good wishes.
Note: The library will be closed on Monday, Feb. 20 for Presidents' Day. Normal open hours 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.