Library Lynx, March 6, 2013

There’s still time to order delectable delights from Lindt!  This “Friends of the Library” fund raiser goes on through Saturday, March 9th.  All who place an order can enter a drawing to win a beautiful Easter basket filled with a mouth-watering assortment of Lindt Chocolate Carrots, Gold Bunnies, milk chocolate hens, a bag of Lindor truffles and a Lindt Gold Bunny & Friends Gift Bag.  Choose from the special Easter catalog or the regular catalog containing many new and delicious additions and create your own spectacular Easter basket.  Karen Carpenter, Lindt Chocolate RSVP Consultant, is generously donating 20% of all sales to the Friends of the Library.  And just in case you feel guilty about this indulgence, here’s a quote for our readers that is sure to erase those nasty worries:  “Chocolate is a perfect food, as wholesome as it is delicious, a beneficent restorer of exhausted power...it is the best friend of those engaged in literary pursuits.” -Baron Justus von Liebig, German chemist (1803-1873).  So grab a book and a bon-bon and be renewed!

Speaking of literary pursuits, I love first time novelists!  There are a couple of books I’m reading right now that fall into this category and share a somewhat similar “grave” theme.  According to the book’s description, “The Death of Bees” by Lisa O’Donnell, is “A riveting, brilliantly written debut novel, The Death of Bees is a coming-of-age story in which two young sisters attempt to hold the world at bay after the mysterious death of their parents.  Marnie and Nelly, left on their own in Glasgow's Hazlehurst housing estate, attempt to avoid suspicion until Marnie can become a legal guardian for her younger sister.  Written with fierce sympathy and beautiful precision, and told in alternating voices,The Death of Bees by Lisa O’Donnell is an enchanting, grimly comic tale of lost souls who, unable to answer for themselves, can answer only for each other.”

The other book’s description reads like this, and it’s what got me hooked into reading “Three Graves Full” by Jamie Mason: “There is very little peace for a man with a body buried in his backyard. But it could always be worse. . . . More than a year ago, mild-mannered Jason Getty killed a man he wished he’d never met. Then he planted the problem a little too close to home. But just as he’s learning to live with the undeniable reality of what he’s done, police unearth two bodies on his property—neither of which is the one Jason buried. Jason races to stay ahead of the consequences of his crime, and while chaos reigns on his lawn, his sanity unravels, snagged on the agendas of a colorful cast of strangers. A jilted woman searches for her lost fiancé, a fringe dweller runs from a past that’s quickly gaining on him, and a couple of earnest local detectives piece clues together with the help of a volunteer police dog—all in the shadow of a dead man who had it coming. As the action unfolds, each character discovers that knowing more than one side of the story doesn't necessarily rule out a deadly margin of error.”

Another debut novel that I haven’t yet read, comes highly recommended by the patron who donated it to the Library, is “The Blue Notebook” by James A. Levine.  The description of the book states: “An unforgettable, deeply affecting debut novel, The Blue Notebook tells the story of Batuk, a precocious fifteen-year-old girl from rural India who is sold into sexual slavery by her father. As she navigates the grim realities of Mumbai’s Common Street, Batuk manages to put pen to paper, recording her private thoughts and writing fantastic tales that help her transcend her daily existence. Beautifully crafted, surprisingly hopeful, and filled with both tragedy and humor, The Blue Notebook shows how even in the most difficult situations, people use storytelling to make sense of and give meaning to their lives.”

These and many more engaging books can be ordered through the South Central Library System.  If you’re looking for a great book, but need some ideas, you can check out the “Don’t Miss Lists” on the SCLS page, BookPages.com, or Google “What to Read Next” for suggested titles and descriptions of books.  Or, stop by and ask any one of our librarians!  They’re very knowledgeable when it comes to readers’ advisory.

See you @ the Library!

Kris