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Our Friends group met Monday night to discuss the upcoming book sale. This year’s sale runs June 24-26 and will be held at the Civic Center. We’re still accepting gently used books, DVDs and CDs. Please call us from the parking lot and we’ll help unload your boxes and bring everything into the building. From the looks of the books arriving daily, this sale should be our biggest and best. Please donate materials and then visit the book sale and take home some really good stuff!
The Zoom Book Club meets Thursday, May 20, at 6 pm. This month’s book is The Chanel Sisters by Judithe Little. If you’d like to join us, send me your email and I’ll be sure you get an invitation.
One of the new bestselling nonfiction titles this week is What Happened to You by Bruce D. Perry and Oprah Winfrey. The book takes a look at helping people deal with trauma not by asking, “What’s wrong with you?”, but rather by asking, “What happened to you?”
Malcolm Gladwell has a talent for making nonfiction read like good fiction. His newest is The Bomber Mafia. It’s a look at the key players and the outcomes of precision bombing during World War II.
George W Bush introduces 43 men and women who have immigrated to the United States from 35 different countries in Out of Many, One. He endeavors to help us understand who immigrants are, the challenges they face on their paths to citizenship, and the lessons they can teach us about our country’s character.
The number one book in fiction this week is Sooley by John Grisham. This book, a departure from his thrillers, is about a young man from South Sudan who comes to the United States to play in a basketball tournament. While he is here, his country erupts into civil war and he cannot return home. One coach was willing to give him a scholarship, but expected he would just be a bench warmer. It’s a book about determination and the lengths one young man would go to in order to reunite his family.
Danielle Steel’s new one, Finding Ashley, sounds interesting. In it, two estranged sisters, one a former best-selling author and the other a nun, reconnect as they search for a child one of them gave up. The search has some unexpected twists and turns, but also draws the sisters into a closer relationship.
Ocean Prey by John Sandford is number 31 in his Prey series. When federal officers are killed, Lucas Davenport and Virgil Flowers team up to investigate. This is another page turner from Sandford.
Natalie just finished a couple of good ones. The Drowning Kind by Jennifer McMahon goes back and forth in time between a hotel in the past that has become a family home in the present. The common denominator is the pool. It seemingly grants wishes, but extracts a price for the gifts. It’s a modern-day ghost story that shows that we may forget the past, but it is never really far behind us.
Another on Natalie’s list is Peter Swanson’s Every Vow You Break. According to a review I read, “a bride’s dream honeymoon becomes a nightmare when a man with whom she’s had a regrettable one-night stand shows up in this electrifying psychological thriller from the acclaimed author of Eight Perfect Murders.”
Are you watching “Atlantic Crossing” from Masterpiece Theater on PBS? It’s the story of Crown Princess Martha from Norway who escapes with her children to the United States during World War II. She is befriended by Franklin Roosevelt. The story is part history and part speculation, but totally an excellent series. It airs Sunday nights at 7, but you can stream the earlier episodes.
We’ll be looking for you in the library. Happy reading!
Helen Thompson, DIrector - Mount Pleasant Public Library