Book Talks: Drunk Mom & E-Readers @ HCPL

Drunk Mom by Jowita Bydlowska

Drunk MomThree years after giving up drink, Jowita Bydlowska found herself throwing back a glass of champagne like it was ginger ale. “It’s a special occasion,” she said to her boyfriend. And indeed it was. It was a party celebrating the birth of their first child. It also marked Jowita’s immediate, full-blown return to alcoholism.

Drunk Mom, a very candid new memoir from this talented Canadian author, is a result of her struggle. With brutal honesty, she takes us through the binges and blackouts, the self-deception and less than successful attempts to deceive others, the humiliations and extraordinary risk-taking. She shines a light on the endless hunger of wanting just one more drink, and one more again, while dealing with motherhood, anxiety, depression, rehab and – eventually – the ongoing fight to stay in recovery. This compulsively readable and grimly amusing memoir is new to the shelves of the Haliburton County Public Library. Reserve Drunk Mom at your branch today.

kobo miniE-Readers @ HCPL

Thanks to the Friends of the Haliburton County Public Library, several Kobo e-readers have been added to the library’s collection. These e-readers can be borrowed for three weeks and are stocked with this year’s Evergreen Award titles, which represent a small but very well-rounded selection of great Canadian reads.

There are a number of reasons why you might want to borrow an e-reader. Maybe you would like to try using this new technology, or are considering buying an e-reader and would like to see how they work. Or perhaps you simply want to borrow and read one (or more) of this year’s Evergreen titles.

Libraries have evolved with the times and the rationale for lending e-readers is quite simple. We check out books. What we are checking out is really not the book itself – libraries aren’t in the business of giving people access to cardboard and paper. That is just the container for the information inside. In the same way, the Kobo e-reader is the container for the information in the digital age – instead of it being paper and cardboard, it is plastic and metal. You will have your own preference but whether it is for paper and cardboard, or plastic and metal, the Haliburton County Public Library now offers it all.

*originally aired on 100.9 Canoe FM from May 30 –  June 12, 2013

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