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Hanya Yanagihara, image thanks to NPR.org
Secret: Librarian Nancy Fort, bibliophile, admits to reading some of her books via e-book. Her reasons, follow . . .
One of the best things about being a Librarian is the chance to read new releases as they come into the library. I usually keep my eye on the New York Times Bestseller List but I believe A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara came to my attention because it was a National Book Award finalist and a contender for several other prizes this year. I put a request for the electronic version of this book through the library catalog and didn’t have to wait too long before it became available. I am glad I requested the e-book as the physical book is 736 pages, which I was unaware of at the time. This might have turned me off from the book as I read Goldfinch by Donna Tartt earlier this year and found it very unsatisfying for the amount of time it took me to read it. However, I was blissfully unaware of this fact (not all e-books have page numbers) and was soon completely absorbed by the story and characters that I barely noticed I had read only 23% of the book.
A Little Life is not an easy book to read. The storytelling is wonderful but the main character suffers extreme mental and physical abuse that the author does not shy away from presenting. Some parts of the book were so disturbing they made my stomach turn. I found myself rooting for this character and hoping that despite it all he could find a way to live happily and at peace with himself. He is supported by a network of friends who do everything in their power to make him see the good in himself. It really is a wonderful story about friendship and the power of love. I highly recommend the book…although check out the e-book if you can to give your arms a break!
The Riverton Free Library will be closed on Wednesday, November 25th at 5 PM, and all day on the 26th and 27th in honor of Thanksgiving.
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- 22 Nov: Used Book Sale, 1 PM
- 24 Nov: Story Hour, 10:30 AM
- 28 Nov: Gingerbread House Craft for Kids, 1:30 PM
- 29 Nov: Used Book Sale, 1 PM
For more information, see the BCLS Online Event Calendar.
Roz Chast, image thanks to Forward.com
We welcome another book recommendation from Nancy Fort. Always on the eye for some new genre, she has chosen a title that was 22 weeks on NPR’s nonfiction bestseller list, Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? — this famous New Yorker cartoonist has written a book that appears to be a simple graphic novel, but is deceptively much more.
I often recommend graphic novels to parents of reluctant readers. They usually give me the look that says, “Why are you telling me to give my child a comic book to read?” At which point I stress graphic novels may stimulate a child’s love of reading by introducing them to a world beyond printed words on a page. I must admit, I generally don’t read graphic novels myself although everyone else in my family does. I recently picked up a memoir by Roz Chast entitled Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? It tells the story of the author’s relationship with her aging parents. Ms. Chast is an artist so the book is written as a graphic novel. It is a story with which many of us are familiar…grown child is raising children of her own while simultaneously meeting the increasing needs of elderly parents. The author is brutally honest about her negative feelings toward her role as caregiver for her parents. There were times when I really didn’t like her because she seemed so annoyed with her duties…almost uncaring. The redeeming part of the book for me was the illustrations. The pictures added a dimension to the characters that didn’t come through with just words. The best illustrations in the book were the sketches that the author did of her mother while she was dying. I can’t explain how moving I found those pictures and it became clear that the act of capturing her mother’s likeness helped her reconcile her feelings and accept the situation. So don’t avoid a book because it has too many pictures, it may be the pictures that make the book worthwhile.
- 15 Nov: Used Book Sale, 1 PM
- 17 Nov: Story Hour, 10:30 AM
- 17 Nov: Historical Society of Riverton presents Maggie Worsdale as, Martha Washington, 7 PM
- 19 Nov: Kiddiesize, 9:30 AM
- 19 Nov: Story Hour, 10 AM
- 19 Nov: Read to Springer the Dog, 3 :30 PM
- 20 Nov: Inside Out Family Movie, 6:30 PM
- 21 Nov: Yoga & Creative Movement for Kids, 1 PM
For more information, see the BCLS Online Programs Calendar.