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OCTOBER 31, 2008
In these tough times, we're all looking for lower prices, especially with the Holiday Season looming. You can save money and help your library by joining us at the BonTon at the Schuylkill Mall on Saturday, November 15 for their Community Day Promotion. For just $5 you can buy a coupon booklet which provides you with lots of valuable savings. These include $10 off a purchase of $10 or more and additional 20% svings in many areas of the store! That's a free $5 and more just for helping out an important community institution. Look for us in the store or stop by the library to pick up your savings booklet.
The spy novel has always been one of my favorite genres. Whether visiting an old classic or seeing how authors have managed to revamp the format since the end of the Cold War, spy novels continue to be fun to read. The Ipcress File, Len Deighton's first success, with it's nameless narrator, is available at the library on audio tape. This convoluted story of British intelligence was one of the first to introduce us to this shady underworld of clandestine meetings, electronic surveillance, and sometimes murder. More recently, the master of spy fiction, John LeCarre, has created the story of a Muslim refugee, a prestigious banker, and a young woman lawyer, which resonates with the issues of today. A Man Most Wanted exhibits LeCarre's usual attention to detail regarding European espionage, while at the same time presenting characters with whom we can sympathize. (While you're at it, try one of LeCarre's best, A Perfect Spy, now being featured on our staff recommendations shelf.)
Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier. This is a new feature on our blog. We recently set up a display with some favorite selections of our staff members. If you're not sure what to read next, check out some of our favorites, and be sure to let us know what you think! The narrator of Rebecca is a young woman whose name we never know. She is working as a companion to a snobbish widow when she meets Maxim de Winter, a rich, handsome, but somewhat troubled man who sweeps her off her feet and immediately marries her. He carries her off to his family estate called Manderley, and things get a bit dicey for the poor girl as the past comes back to haunt them both. Du Maurier is a master of suspense, coupled with a generous dose of romance. This is a genuine classic. Look for another of our staff recommends next week.
Ghost Train to the Eastern Star by Paul Theroux. Ever since I was a kid, I have always longed to take off to exotic places. Consequently, I really loved this book. In the 1970's, Theroux took a train trip throughout Asia and wrote a popular travel book called The Great Railway Bazaar. Now in his early 60's, he decided to take the trip again to see how things had changed. In those days, the war zone was Vietnam, and he had been able to travel freely in Iraq and Iran. This time he had to divert his route from the Persian Gulf north to the "stans", those former satellite states of the USSR. Much mellower in his tone than he was thirty years ago, Theroux paints a fascinating picture of modern Turkey, India, Singapore, and Cambodia, just to name a few of his many stops. He also meets a fabulous cast of characters along the way. If you're yearning for the adventure of travel, but your pocketbook won't allow it, this book is a great substitute!
The library's latest fundraiser features the fragrant scents of Candle Creations, a local Frackville business. We are taking orders for 100% sy candles in two sizes-10oz. apothecary jars for $12 each and 16oz. apothecary jars for $15 each. The special holiday scents we are offering include Hot Cocoa, Fall Harvest, Macintosh Apple, French Vanilla, Gingerbread, Candy Cane, Christmas Tree, Bayberry, Cookies for Santa, and Home for the Holidays. We have samples of all these at the library, so you can test before you order! You can place your order at the library now until October 29. Payment is due at the time of the order. For more information call 874-3382 or use our contact page at www.frackvillelibrary.com.