On Thursday, March 18, 2010, the Adult Reader's Group will be discussing Good Grief
by Lolly Winston. This was Winston's first novel and tells the story of Sophie Stanton, suddenly widowed at the age of 36. In order to deal with her grief, she decides to leave her high-pressure job and seek some solace with an old friend in a small town in Oregon. The novel was well received at the time of its debut, and our group looks forward to a good evening of discussion. New members are always welcome. Call the library for information or use our contact page at www.frackvillelibrary.com
We've been trying to build up our collection of audio books here at the library. If you've never tried this method of getting into a novel, you're missing out on a great experience. Most of the presenter's of audio books are really actors and actresses, who do a great job of bringing the story to life. Some audio versions actually have more than one person doing the voices of the characters and add music and sound effects as well. It's not really like reading, but it is an alternative, if you're short on time, are visually impaired, or just want to pass the time when you're driving or walking. Some new additions to our own library's audio book collection include novels by Jodi Picoult, Nelson DeMille, David Baldacci, and Janet Evanovich. We have a large selection of both the cassette tape and CD variety, so have a listen!
Being such an ardent Janeite (that's a devoted fan of Jane Austen, the creator of the modern novel in my opinion), I couldn't let the presentation on PBS of the newest dramatization of Emma
go by without a mention. Now Emma
is not my favorite among Jane's six completed novels, but it is a masterful piece of writing and can bring forth a wealth of discussion among fans. As much as we older readers may regret the need to modernize the language and add bits in order to make it more appealing to the modern viewer, this was a nicely put together version-mostly true to the book in terms of plot and characters, and full of charming country scenes and luscious Regency costumes. If you had a look at it, and you'd like some of the real thing, try reading the original. It's here for you at the library.