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Good things are coming. Saturday hours begin April 10, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. We’re looking forward to seeing you on Saturdays. Also, Natalie’s Story Time blasts off Tuesday, April 6, at 11 a.m. Bring your preschoolers.
Come by the library this month and take a good, long look at the handmade quilt my sweet sister-in-law, Linda Kitchens, donated to the Friends of the Library. For a $1 donation, you have a chance to take this king-size beauty home. Don’t miss this opportunity. Drawing will be held April 23 and all donations benefit the library.
Join us for Lunch with Friends Friday, April 9, from 11:30-1:30. All take-out orders include your choice of Crawfish Bisque or Taco Soup, dessert and drink. Tickets are $10 and are available at the library or from a Friends’ member. Tickets must be purchased by April 6. All proceeds benefit the library.
April’s Zoom Book Club meets Thursday, April 15, at 6 p.m. This month’s book is The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles. If you’d like to join the conversation, send me your email address and I’ll send you the Zoom link.
If you’ve been anxiously waiting for the latest Maisie Dobbs, your wait is over. The Consequences of Fear by Jaqueline Winspear is number 16 in the series. I agree with the Wall Street Journal who said that each installment of Maisie Dobbs just keeps getting better and better.
Jenny Lawson’s Broken is on the April Library Reads list. “Lawson is a hot mess of depression and anxiety. She is also hilarious. In this book she lays herself open. She celebrates all those awkward and difficult parts of herself and invites you to celebrate your own. She will make you laugh until you cry, and then she wraps up the episode with some profound truth that catches you unaware. This one’s for readers who like David Sedaris and Ali Wong.” (4-6) Beth Morrill
Jesse Q Sutanto’s debut novel is Dial A for Aunties. “Meddy’s blind date doesn’t end as planned, and now she needs to dispose of a corpse. Her mother’s solution: call in the three aunties. What follows is a roller coaster ride of a weekend with the Chan family trying to get rid of the body while working at a high-profile wedding. This is a fast paced and darkly-humorous debut with sweet romantic moments throughout and is for fans of My Sister, the Serial Killer and Get a Life, Chloe Brown.” (4-27) Laura Eckert
“Abby Jimenez hits it out of the park again in Life’s Too Short. She combines real-world issues with the get-the-girl, lose-the-girl dynamics of a romance. In this case, Adrian has a good chance of losing Vanessa to ALS. They both have multiple family issues including a hoarding father, an abandoning parent, a sister with addiction issues, and a baby niece that needs attention. Give this to fans of Mia Sosa and Josie Silver.” (4-6) Maggie Holmes
The Music of Bees is by Eileen Garvin. “Beekeeper Alice is an older widow who is working to save her small town from big corporate greed. She forms an alliance with two young adults who both find unexpected joy in nature. This is for those who enjoyed Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine.” (4-27) Paulette Brooks
Sally Thorne’s new book is Second First Impressions. “Ruthie Midona, twenty-something, works in a retirement community and feels like she fits in more with the residents than with her peers. Enter an attractive tattooed male assistant hired by the eccentric 90-year-old Parloni Sisters. This romance is filled with heart and laughter. It will appeal to readers of Helen Hoang and Jasmine Guillory.” (4-6) Kathleen Fais
Finally, we have The Night Always Comes by Willy Vlautin. “Lynette is trying to buy the family home from her landlord as housing prices rise around her. At the last moment, her mother says she will not cosign for the loan and Lynette does not qualify on her own. In a last-ditch effort, Lynette sets off on an odyssey of collecting old debts and a miniature crime spree. This one’s for readers who like Raymond Chandler, John Banville and Elmore Leonard.” (4-6) Mary Robinson
One last thought. We lost a legend last week. Children’s author, Beverly Cleary, died at the age of 104. Her Mouse on the Motorcycle and Ramona Quimby books are classic children’s literature that continue to be enjoyed by children and their parents. Beverly Cleary, you will be missed.
Happy reading and we’ll look for you in the library!
Helen Thompson, Director - Mount Pleasant Library