In this weekly meme, alternately hosted by Marg and Eva, we get to share our ecstasy over our library books.
Libraries have been a special place for me since I got my first library card at eight years of age. That library shared one-half of a building with the old Post Office in the little country village near my childhood home.
Over the years, I remember so many of those libraries. There was the one in a west Fresno County town, out in the middle of nowhere, that stood like a beacon of civility in an otherwise arid land…both physically and culturally. That particular library was actually very nice, which surprised and delighted me. It was even open on Sundays!
Nowadays, I live near a wonderful library, built in recent years. I had gotten out of the library habit, though, having purchased so many books over the past few years that I now have TOWERS of unread books, otherwise known as my TBR Stacks. But after discovering this wonderful meme, I have returned to my roots!
Here’s what I found today:
Magnolia Wednesday, by Wendy Wax, was a book I requested, which got me to the library. By the author of An Accidental Bestseller, this book tells the story of a woman, fighting to make it in investigative journalism, who is side-lined by a bullet won during an expose…and then forced to take what she considers a horrible job for a suburban paper in her hometown in Georgia…
Then I discovered two more books:
The Greenlanders, by Jane Smiley, Pulitzer Prize winning author, who has created a saga about a sprawling, multi-generational, heroic Norse family…
and The Sweetest Dream, by Doris Lessing, the author of The Golden Notebook, et. al., tells about a family in the sixties…set against the backdrop of the decade that changed the world forever…a riveting look at a group of people who dared to dream—and faced the inevitable cleanup afterward—from one of the greatest writers of our time.
What treasures have you plumbed from the depths of a library near you? Hope to see your comments and links! Happy reading.