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I would vote to keep this beautiful weather, if we could. It seems that Texas always teases us with fall in September. We can always hope.
By now, I’m sure you realize there is absolutely nothing to watch on television. My husband and I have about six shows we regularly watch. Reruns were bad, but when they started showing the same shows for the third time, we decided there must be a better way to be entertained. And there is. We have a great selection of DVDs in the library. One of the best things I’ve seen in a long time is “The Durrells in Corfu.” The true story begins in 1935 England. A widow and her four children are living a dreary life. When the mother realizes she’s drinking too much gin, she decides to move her family to Greece and live on the island of Corfu. Their only real problem is that they have no money. The series is taken from three books written by Jerry, the youngest son. I read the first one and was surprised that the Masterpiece series is actually better than the book. The series is hilarious and touching and follows the family until the beginning of World War II. There are four seasons available.
I’m zipping through The Timber Creek K-9 Mysteries by Margaret Mizushima. These murder mysteries, set in Colorado, involve a young police detective and her K-9 partner. They are fasts reads, but the author does a good job with character development and the “who-done-it” aspect keeps you guessing. The first book in the series is The Killing Trail.
If you enjoy C J Box, you’ll like Reavis Wortham. Wortham is a Texas author whose first series, The Red River Mysteries, was set in the 1960s around Paris, Texas. The series begins with The Rock Hole. His latest series involves Texas Ranger, Sunny Hawke, and involves non-stop action. Hawke is a Ranger in the San Antonio area. Hawke’s Prey is the first in the series. All of Wortham’s books are well written and keep you wanting more.
Three new books made the bestselling fiction list this week. Popular author Sandra Brown brings us Thick as Thieves. In it Arden Maxwell returns home to uncover the truth about her father’s involvement in a heist that went wrong 20 years ago.
Carl Hiaasen is always hilarious. In Squeeze Me, a dead dowager, hungry pythons and occupants of the winter White House shake up the Palm Beach charity ball season.
Christina Baker Kline’s newest is The Exiles. Three young women are sent to the fledgling British penal colony of Australia in the 1840s.
The top nonfiction book this week is His Truth Is Marching On by Jon Meacham. Meacham, a Pulitzer Prize winner, creates a portrait of Representative John Lewis, the late civil rights leader and congressman for Georgia’s Fifth Congressional District.
Parents, bring your preschoolers to Caldwell Park Tuesday at 11 a.m. for Ms. Natalie’s Story Time. Bring something to sit on and, if this weather holds, it will be a terrific morning.
Happy reading and we’ll see you in the library (or at curbside)!
Helen Thompson, Director - Mount Pleasant Library