Summer is supposed to be a time of long sunny days and carefree fun. Why in the world would anyone want to bog themselves down with a thousand-plus page novel? A valid question for sure, but I don't think I'm alone in taking on an epic novel this summer.
My poison of choice, David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest, a polarizing brick of a book full of nonsequential chapters, more characters than you can count, and 100 pages of fictional footnotes.
Browsing the new biography section at the Central Library led me to discover a collection of personal histories of women living and working in Southern mill towns, a surprising link to my own family history.
My great grandmother Zella was a child employee for the Eureka Cotton Mill in Tennessee. She was nearly 102 years old by the time I discovered this fact. Zella wasn't tall enough to reach her work so she was hoisted on boxes and tied in place, making sure she wouldn't fall into the dangerous equipment. Job safety being what it was, some of her friends weren't as fortunate. She wouldn't say much about this experience other than she and her family had been grateful for the work.
It has been 18 years since Terry McMillan has told of the story of Gloria, Savannah, Bernadine and Robin in the novel Waiting to Exhale.
Years later McMillan follows up with the highly anticipated sequel to these ladies lives and friendship.
Getting to Happy, wastes no time telling the reader what these ladies have been up to the last 12 years.
Over the years these four friends have dealt with divorce, death, addiction, raising children as well as trying to find happiness!! McMillan is a master at telling the story of Savannah, Gloria, Bernadine and Robin.
The question is will they all finally find happiness?
Oh, yes, I've been spending a lot of time with Mr. Depp.
Ok, so I might be stretching the truth just a bit. The truth is I recently began listening to Keith Richards' autobiography, Life, read by Johnny Depp and I don't think there could be a more perfect reader. Depp's droll tone conjures Richards (except Depp is easy to understand!) and when he slips into a British accent it doesn't sound fake (a must for me).
There is a movement right now of novels being turned into graphic novels, and I would like to tip my hat to those who create illustrated novels.
I am a huge, huge fan of picture books for adults, if it was good enough for Dickens then it's good enough for me! Ok, I'm not sure what I mean by that besides the fact that I get all mooshy for an illustrated novel. There are some excellent ones out there, and here is a list of a few of my favorites:
New books on marketing are emphasizing the role of technology especially social media in helping organizations market their services. The Library knows that in addition to new technology, quality time with a knowledgeable staff member like Shelly strengthens the "unity" found in Denver's community.
Shelly, a Librarian at the Central Library, recently bridged generations making an outreach call to Drehmoor Apartments, a housing option serving the senior population in Denver. Shelly was able to field questions on the services available at the Library and help the senior attendees make the personal connection to library cards, collections, and programming. Face time with Shelly was more valuable to this community than Facebook.
Looking for a gift for the new graduate in your life? While cold hard cash is useful, books make great gifts! Whether you are looking for something inspirational or practical to give, books are always the right size!
The Fresh City Life My Branch Colorado Authors Series presents Carol Berg at Schlessman on Sunday, May 22, at 2:00 p.m.
Carol Berg is a former software engineer who can't quite believe her own story. Since her 2000 debut, she's been flown to Israel, taught writing in the U.S., Canada, and Scotland, and answered mail from New Zealand, Kuwait, the slopes of Denali, and beneath the Mediterranean Sea.
As a new librarian I wondered which customers I should offer large print to. I didn’t want to offend anyone. My question was answered soon after I started working when a young woman who appeared to be in her 20’s needed large print books to run on her treadmill and read. For almost 10 years, I’ve asked customers if they needed large print. If you need additional large print books the Colorado Talking Book Library may be able to help. We have children books in large print too.