Treat Yourself to a New Read

The truth is out!  Librarian, Nancy Fort likes to read quick-reads, too, not just heavy tomes.  See what you think of her new passion, Why I Love Alexander McCall Smith.

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The first Alexander McCall Smith book that I ever read was La’s Orchestra Saves the World. It tells the story of Lavender, also known as La, who moves from London to a small town during World War 2. It is a great story with many wonderful characters. McCall Smith may be best known for his No. 1 Ladies Detective Series but I have not read any of those. I did read one or two from his Isabel Dalhousie mystery series but I’m just not a mystery reader. I always feel like I missed something and when the mystery is solved in the end, I am often more confused than I was in the beginning. This series is set in Scotland and I do enjoy trying to decipher some of the colloquial phrases the characters use and some of the foods they eat for various meals.

The reason I love Alexander McCall Smith is because many of his books are short. I know that seems like an odd reason to pick a book but sometimes I need a break from bigger stories and he excels at storytelling that is both compelling and concise. The most recent book that I read was Trains and Lovers. I wasn’t sure what to expect. The title and book cover make it seem like it is a romance but it is not. It’s a story about four people on a long train journey that start a conversation that focuses on the themes of love and relationships. It was the kind of conversation that I was happy to eavesdrop on but may have been uncomfortable having with strangers on a train!

If none of the titles that I described here appeal to you, chances are that you will find something to your liking if you check the bookshelves or catalog under Smith, Alexander McCall.


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About Pat Solin

Patricia Smith Solin worked with her son, Michael, on creating posts and maintaining the technical aspects of the RFL Association website & Facebook posts. She was the school librarian for 10 years at Riverton Public School (NJ) and contributes articles for the Gaslight News, the official publication of the Historical Society of Riverton.