Library Column – November 16, 2006

Gorgeous weather lately…I wonder how long it will last? Did you know that we have some large print books available at the library? They come from the Department of Libraries and we can order books by genre, by author, by topic, by pretty much anything you want. You can sign up to have them delivered directly to your home or you can stop by the library to look at our current selection. Unfortunately, due to lack of space they are in a box under the bench, but just ask the staff to haul them out! We will be happy to oblige. I’m working with Mary Alice Bisbee to keep the Senior Center stocked with large print books, too. Give me a call and let me know what you’d like to be reading.Speaking of reading (and listening and watching) here is what I’ve been getting through lately. As usual it is a totally mixed bag.

Not Dead, Only Resting by Simon Brett (audio cassettes). British mystery, set mostly in London among the acting set. The narrator is a bit challenged by the multiple accents, but manages okay. Entertaining fluff.

Secret Confessions of the Applewood PTA by Ellen Meister. First novel by a former Long Island suburbanite, the writing is a bit clumsy in spots but it is still a fun read. The PTA moms engage in power-struggles and love affairs, but the important relationships are the friendships that develop between the women as they work their way through various life crises.

20 Times a Lady by Karyn Bosnak. A fun, but silly novel about a young woman who suddenly realizes how many men she has gone to bed with. Time for a drastic change of direction, right?

Absolute Convictions: My Father, a City, and the Conflict that Divided America by Eyal Press.  One of the best books I’ve ever read about the struggle over abortion. The author’s father is an obstetrician in Buffalo, who for many years has also provided abortions. Vivid, tragic, and (overall ) pretty fair to both sides of the question.

S is for Silence by Sue Grafton (audio CD and book). Daisy’s mother disappeared 34 years ago. Did she run off to a new life or was she murdered? Kinsey Milhone takes on a case that at first glance seems to be way beyond stale but turns out to be all too current in the end.

Delivering Justice: Dialing for Dollars (DVD) From the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, a brief film on investment fraud. The story centers on a fake stock operation that pretends to be buying and selling stock, but is really just eating the investment money. Weak on acting, but useful if you are wondering if someone is ripping off your elderly relatives with a fraudulent investment scam.

Delivering Justice: Long Shot (DVD) The U.S. Postal Inspection Service strikes again, this time with a depressing little film about foreign lottery scams. When my mother was in early stage Alzheimer’s, this was one of the “nifty” deals that sucked her in, although I managed to keep her from going too far with it. Did you know that playing foreign lotteries is illegal in the U.S.? Very short but informative.

Hurricane! (DVD) For weather channel fans, an inside look at hurricanes (literally) with a flight that looked down into the eye of Hurricane Gilbert in September 1988. As it happened, I had just ordered this film a couple of weeks before Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast.

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