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Sometimes I hit a wall when it’s time to come up with a Library Corner. I can’t read fast enough to give you a big variety of reads and currently I’m stuck on the Julia Spencer-Fleming Clare Fergusson mysteries. Last week I read the first one, In the Bleak Midwinter, and now I’m in the middle of her second one, A Fountain Filled with Blood. These are well-written mysteries featuring a female Anglican priest. Kim ordered the entire series, so they’ll be waiting for you when you’re ready.
This is “book award” season and we have all of the children and teen winners, beginning with the Texas 2x2 for toddlers. The Newberry and Caldecott winners are out, too. Bring your kids and check out our Children’s Area and our Young Adult Room. Both are filled with great reads.
February is African American History Month. BookPage recommended some new books written about or written by African Americans. According to BookPage, “Nancy Johnson is an award-winning television journalist who makes her fiction debut with The Kindest Lie. Set against the backdrop of President Barack Obama’s 2008 election, it’s the story of Ruth, a Yale-educated Black chemical engineer who returns to her Indiana hometown, which is suffering from the economic recession, as she searches for the son she placed for adoption when she was 17. There she strikes up a friendship with Midnight, a white boy living in poverty and yearning for love after his mother’s death.”
When Walter Mosley has a new book, there will always be a waiting list. His new book, Blood Grove, continues that tradition. Private Detective Ezekiel, “Easy” Rawlins is almost 50 in this novel, which is set in the late 60s in Los Angeles. This is a thrilling murder mystery whose central character is a Viet Nam vet who suffers from PTSD. He tells Easy that he went to the aid of a screaming woman in distress, stabbed her attacker and then passed out. When he came to, there was no woman, no stabbed man and no indication that any of his memories were more than hallucinations. Nothing is quite what it seems in this story and it will keep you turning the pages late into the night.
The library staff helps me out with book suggestions and they gave me several this week. Lilly is loving Perestroika in Paris by Jane Smiley. It’s a look at the city through the eyes of several animals. Lilly said it reminded her of the “Aristocats”. Her dad was also in the library, so I asked him what he’s reading. He said that Elmer Kelton was his absolute favorite author, because, although the books are fiction, they are steeped in Texas history. Currently, he’s reading Louis L’Amour’s ever-popular Sackett series.
Natalie just finished, and really enjoyed, The Obsidian Chamber by Preston and Child. It’s another blockbuster Pendergast novel where Pendegast is missing and presumed dead.
The best thing I can say about this weather is that it’s perfect for reading. Hope you can curl up with a good book and something hot to drink.
Helen Thompson - Mount Pleasant Library