Library Column – October 11, 2007

Someone requested A Woman in Charge by Carl Bernstein. Unfortunately our paperwork got mixed up and I’m not sure who it was! Would the person who requested this book please come on into the library and pick it up? Thank you. I’ll hold it until October 5 and then it will be available in the New Biographies.

Even though I took a week’s vacation I kept right on reading and reading. I just read lighter fare! In case anyone was wondering what a librarian’s time off looks like, it involves reading book reviews and books. Hmmm. What is wrong with this picture?

Agnes and the Hitman by Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer. A book that fits it all in: dead bodies, a wedding, the Mob, a secret government agency, fancy deserts, old house restoration, a secret tunnel, and hot romance. Enjoyable.

The Little Lady Agency by Hester Browne. (paperback collection) An unemployed young lady of a certain class takes up temp work to provide certain services to gentlemen. Nope, not the services you are guessing. No dead bodies, but there is a wedding.

McCafferty’s Nine by Elizabeth Gunn. Excellent police procedural set in Minnesota. We have one previous title in this series, also excellent.

You Can Do It! The Boomer’s Guide to a Great Retirement by Jonathan D. Pond. A cheerful, exhaustive exploration of the topic. Much of the book could be used as a basic guide to investment. Friendly, well-organized and exceptionally easy to understand.

Sugar Daddy by Lisa Kleypas. Single woman in Texas raising her little sister faces a tough decision: which handsome, sexy, rich man should she commit to? Her childhood love or the guy she just fell in love with? We should all have such problems…

The Late Bloomer’s Revolution by Amy Cohen. A memoir about being single when you want to be married…but do you really want to be married? Fun and wacky.

The Camel Bookmobile by Masha Hamilton. Based on the real camel bookmobiles that travel the rural areas of Kenya to deliver books to isolated villages. In the novel, an American librarian goes to Kenya to help deliver books to the villagers and runs into some unexpected difficulties.  Much of the story is told from the villagers’ points of view.

In the Company of Cheerful Ladies by Alexander McCall Smith (audio and book).  More challenges for the Number 1 Ladies Detective Agency. Starts slow and quiet and then revs up to some exciting challenges.

The Trojan War: A New History by Barry Strauss (Regional). Was the Trojan War a historical event? Were the characters real people? How long did the war last? Was it over a beautiful woman named Helen? Yes, yes, less than 10 years, and very probably. However, it wasn’t just Helen’s beauty—she and Paris absconded with the palace treasure, too! Read all about it in this lively account, based on the latest archaelogical and literary research.

Don’t forget to attend the Advanced Directives Workshop, September 27 at 7 PM at Evergreen Place in Waitsfield, co-sponsored by this library and Joslin Memorial Library.

See you at the library!

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