Books for fireside reading
What’s New At The Library?
By Carolyn Omundson
Occasionally, there is a book that is hard to classify for a section in the Elizabeth Bloodworth Memorial Library.
“No Better Time” by Molly Knight Raskin is just such a book. It is not a biography, but it is about the short, brilliant life of Danny Lewin, a mathematical genius who died in a plane flown into the World Trade Towers on 9/11. It is not a history, but it is about the dot-com era and a billionaire it spawned who caused Internet speed to explode. It is not fiction, but the book has readers rapidly turning pages to see who the movers and shakers were and how they worked to turn the world of communications upside down.
This book will be placed in the Miscellaneous section. Books of this type, on subjects from A to Z, will be featured on the back room window seat of the community library in January. Come browse this section; you may find some hidden treasures.
For fiction lovers, we have two new books added to our shelves: “‘W’ is for Wasted” by Sue Grafton is the newest in her series about detective Kinsey Millhone. Kinsey finds herself wrapped up in the underworld of Santa Teresa, solving the mystery of two apparently unrelated deaths only to find there are some strange links between them. This exciting read will make you wish this author wasn’t running out of letters in the alphabet.
The second book of fiction featured this month is by Cassandra King, wife of Pat Conroy. Cassandra recently spoke in Big Canoe. Her latest book, “Moonrise,” is now in our library, thanks to a generous donor. This volume, strangely enough, has connections to a book about the life of Daphne du Maurier, which was on display last month. While renting a summer house in the Blue Ridge Mountains recently, Cassandra read an old favorite, “Rebecca” by du Maurier. It gave her the inspiration for “Moonrise” and follows the haunting style of du Maurier in relating the struggle of a second wife to fit in with her new husband’s circle of friends while she is uncovering secrets of the first wife’s tragic death. She is feeling someone doesn’t want her there. A good tale of suspense!
The books by Bill O’Reilly in our library almost are worn out from heavy use; “Killing Lincoln” and “Killing Kennedy” don’t stay on the shelf long. This month we have added “Killing Jesus” to the collection. As the book jacket proclaims, it’s “the story of Jesus’s crucifixion as it’s never been told before.” With great attention to detail, O’Reilly and co-author Martin Dugard make the political and historical events behind the death of Jesus so vivid it becomes a page-turner. This nonfiction book will be in our History section.
The community library on the lower level of the Broyles Center at the Big Canoe Chapel is open weekdays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays, 8 a.m. to noon. Books may be checked out for 21 days, and most audio books and movies for seven days.
We’ll look for you at the library soon!