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Posted on: April 17, 2020

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Many of you are taking advantage of our curbside delivery and that makes us happy! We’re not accustomed to working “alone”, so seeing you brightens our day. If you haven’t used our pick-up service, call 903-575-4180 or email us at library@mpcity.org. Give us your list of books, CDs and DVDs. You can get five items at a time, and you can come back as often as you like. Pickup times are noon and 5 p.m.

If you haven’t downloaded the “Libby” app, please do so. We belong to the Northeast Texas Consortium with Overdrive. Using the Libby app, you can log on with your library card number and your last name in ALL CAPS. That takes you to a catalog of ebooks and audiobooks for both adults and children. Choose up to five titles and download them onto your phone, iPad, Kindle, computer, etc. The ebook will live on your device for two weeks and then disappear. Just think, no more late fees! This is an easy way to get your book fix. If you need to, call us and we’ll walk you through the process.

Last week we looked at some of my favorites and, since my list was so long, here are more of those reviews: Charles Martin has a lovely way with words. His book, The Mountain Between Us was a big success. It was also made into a movie. (Read the book. Skip the movie.) A happily married surgeon is trying to get home from Utah. In the airport he meets a young woman who is trying to get home for her wedding rehearsal. The weather socks them in and they decide to take a private plane over the mountain. It’s easy to guess that the plane goes down, but the rest of the book is a surprise.

I absolutely love Gary Paulsen. I don’t know how many boys I’ve handed his book, Hatchet, to and said, “You’ll love this book.” You know what? They all did. Although Paulsen’s primary audience is often preteen and teen, adults enjoy his books, too. My husband and I have listened, more than once, to My Life in Dog Years. Paulsen is a dog lover and each chapter in this book is about a special dog in his life. You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You will treasure this book.

Some of my fondest book memories center around James Herriot’s series that begins with All Creatures Great and Small. Herriot was a young vet in Great Britain just after World War II. He begins his practice with another country vet in a small town where they see pets and farm animals. Each chapter in each of his books is complete story. You grow to love him, his clients and the animals that mean so much to their owners. I tried to teach this book on the sophomore level years ago. Just did it once, though, because I laughed so hard that very little learning occurred. When I think of these books, I think of a trip to England. I remember rolling my car window down as we came through Yorkshire and yelling, “James Herriot, where are you?”

Melanie Benjamin’s book, The Aviator’s Wife, is the story of Ann Morrow Lindbergh. Ann flew with her famous husband and, of course, received no credit. Charles Lindbergh was not the hero we grew up reading about. He and Ann had a rocky marriage, but she stuck with it. She wrote the beautiful book, A Gift of the Sea, after the kidnapping of their son. Benjamin does an absolutely wonderful job researching and turning history into real life. All of her books are good, but this is my favorite.

We’re ordering the entire Maggie Hope series by Susan MacNeal. In the first book, Mr. Churchill’s Secretary, Maggie has come to England to take care of her aunt’s estate. She decides to stay when she gets a job as one of Winston Churchill’s secretaries. There’s more to Maggie and her family than meets the eye and we’re introduced to a little more of her background in each book. All of these murder mysteries are page are easy reading page turners. If you like mystery and the World War II era, you’ll enjoy this series.

Our hopes and prayers are with you all as we go through this uncertain time. Do yourself a favor and take some time to read. We’ll look for you in the parking lot!

Helen Thompson
Director Mount Pleasant Public Library

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