The Library Corner

Bette Hargrave

February is the month of love. But instead of sending you chocolates, I’ll give you a few really good book suggestions:

A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler, a Pulitzer Prize winner. The New York Times Book Review says, “Quintessential Anne Tyler, as well as quintessential American Comedy… She has a knack for turning sitcom situations into something far deeper and more moving.”

Named one of the best books of the year (2015) by The Washington Post – NPR –The Chicago Tribune – The Telegraph – and I enjoyed it immensely!!

How many of you remember O. Henry, the pen name of William Sydney Porter, American short story writer? LOL, he passed in 1910, but you may remember his writings.

He was asked by a reporter where he found his plots, and he replied, “Oh, everywhere, there are stories in everything.” He picked up his menu at the restaurant he was dining in and proceeded to outline the tale, Springtime a la Carte.

Our library has a Volume One of O. Henry works in our Classic section to the left of the fireplace. Read the foreword and be touched by a time gone-by.

An older paperback that I’ll place in the paperback fiction section is Rising Tides, book two in the Chesapeake Bay Saga by Nora Roberts, and I’ll try to find the other two books of the series, because this a loving family story with a romance and adversity.

Last but not least, to your attention, a beautifully-written book, The Color of Water, copyright

1996 by James McBride. Written for his mother and her mother and mothers everywhere. Borrowing the words of Senator George McGovern, “This book will seize and hold your attention from the opening paragraph to the end.”

Next month, I hope to bring you Jack Higgins and some of his novels.

Happy reading, and I’ll see you at the library.