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Thursday, September 6, 2012

I have never spent much time at the ocean as I tend to be more of a mountain person, but I have been reading some books that make me want to listen to waves somewhere.

I thought about calling brother Bob and heading for Florida, however its hurricane season. Not the best choice so I guess I'll settle for lake waves at Okoboji on a windy fall day. Speaking of choices, here are some novels to pick from at the Cherokee Public Library.

'The Woman at the Light' by Joanna Brady is a vivid portrait of life in 1839 near Key West, Florida. When her husband vanishes from Wrecker's Cay, a woman continues on with lighthouse duties despite being pregnant and having two small children to take care of.

A mysterious man who washes up on shore becomes a central figure in her life and she is forced to make some difficult choices as she struggles to do what is best for everyone she cares about.

'Tigers in Red Weather' by Liza Klaussman first attracted me with its cover. Set in Martha's Vineyard following WW II, it is best described as sultry. Five voices tell the story of an intriguing family with communication problems and personality flaws that carry on through generations. Reviews show varying opinions, but I enjoyed it, especially its stunning ending. However, I would not recommend it to readers who prefer light uncomplicated books.

'The Cottage at Glass Beach' by Heather Barbieri starts with a marriage in trouble. A politician's wife takes her two young daughters and runs from press coverage of her husband's infidelity to her childhood home on an island off the coast of Maine. A place full of Irish heritage with all of its accompanying magic and superstition becomes a refuge as she sorts out her life. In some places almost a fairy tale, it's a story of selkies, shipwrecks and dreams.

'The Light Between Oceans' by M. L. Stedman was the best of the bunch. It is also set on an island with a lighthouse, this time off the coast of western Australia just after WWI. It begins when Isabel, who has just lost a baby, discovers a rowboat washed ashore containing a crying infant and the body of a young man. Despite the admonishments of her husband, she decides to keep the child setting off a life of lies and deceptions.

All of these water logged books are available at the library. Please call 225-3498 if something catches your interest.

The library is now on winter (perish the thought) hours. It is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Tuesday and Friday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. - noon.

Mary Jo Ruppert
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