Bessie Sullivan, County Librarian: Hello, I’m Bessie Sullivan from the Haliburton County Public Library and this is Library Moments. Once a week some of us from the library will come and talk about books, upcoming events, or the services we offer at the library.
Our on-line book club allows us a certain amount of creativity when we choose the theme each month. You would think that February would be easy with Valentine’s Day, Family Day, and it being Black History Month, but now onto our fourth February with the book club, ideas are harder to come by than they were initially. That said we are recycling the Valentine’s Day theme but with a twist. We have selected books where although the romance is a key part of the story, it isn’t the whole story.
Today on Library Moments Sherrill Sherwood, Erin Kernohan-Berning and I will each talk about one of the books chosen because it had more than romance.
Sherrill Sherwood, Collections Development: In All Of Us And Everything by Bridget Asher, the Rockwell women are nothing if not . . . well, it’s complicated. When the sisters—Esme, Liv, and Ru—were young, their eccentric mother, Augusta, silenced all talk of their absent father with the wild story that he was an international spy, always away on top-secret missions. But the consequences of such an unconventional upbringing are neither small nor subtle: Esme is navigating a failing marriage while trying to keep her fifteen-year-old daughter from live-tweeting every detail. Liv finds herself in between relationships and rehabs, and Ru has run away from enough people and problems to earn her frequent flier miles. So when a hurricane hits the family home on the Jersey Shore, the Rockwells reunite to assess the damage—only to discover that the storm has unearthed a long-buried box. In a candid moment, Augusta reveals a startling secret that will blow the sisters’ concept of family to smithereens—and send them on an adventure to reconnect with a lost past and one another. Bridget Asher has written under the name Asher and also as Julianna Baggott and N.E. Bode. With over twenty books in print, Asher says All Of Us And Everything is her favorite one to date.
Erin Kernohan-Berning, Branch Services Librarian: Author Sophie Kinsella is best known for her wildly popular Shopaholic series. In Finding Audrey, her first foray into young adult fiction, 14 year old Audrey is completely withdrawn, overwhelmed by a social anxiety disorder made worse because of her experience as a victim of bullying. Now hiding behind sunglasses and only communicating with her family, Audrey’s therapist suggests that Audrey create a documentary about her life to ultimately find a way to get closer to people. At the same time, Audrey’s older brother, Frank, has become obsessed with a computer game, and his mother has become equally obsessed with removing Frank’s computer from the house. But with Frank’s computer game obsession comes his friend and fellow gamer Linus. Audrey at first is stunned into silence by his presence in her home, but the sensitive and gentle Linus slowly begins to win her trust by striking up conversations through handwritten notes. Soon, Audrey begins to talk through her fears with Linus, and their friendship grows becoming a helpful influence on Audrey’s journey to finding Audrey again.
Bessie Sullivan, County Librarian: Life isn’t easy for single mother Ally Hughes. Teaching at Brown, her class load is huge and her boss is a menace. At home, she contends with a critical mother, a falling-down house, and a daughter who never misses a beat. Between taking care of the people she loves, teaching full time, and making ends meet, Ally doesn’t have time for a man. She doesn’t date. She’s not into flings. But then she meets Jake, an eager student, young in years but old in soul, who challenges his favorite professor to open up her life, and her heart, to love. It doesn’t work. In fact, his urging backfires. Ten years later, Ally’s still single. Jake reappears and surprises her in a brand-new role: He’s dating Ally’s now-grown daughter. In this hilarious, heartrending tale, Ally is finally forced to concede that an independent, “liberated” woman can still make room in her life for love. Ally Hughes has Sex Sometimes by Jules Moulin can be requested at any of our eight library branches.
Anyone can participate in Haliburton County Public Library’s Online Book Club by choosing to read one or more of four books selected each month. You don’t even have to read from a particular month’s selection you can simply go online and make comments about books and reading in general. Our March theme is: Books of the Oscars.
To join the online book club, look for the Social Media links on our homepage at www.haliburtonlibrary.ca. Click on the “g” for Goodreads and it’ll take you right to the Online Book Club page. That’s it for this week’s Library Moments, thanks for listening here on 100.9 Canoe FM.
*Originally aired February 28-March 5th, 2016 on 100.9 CANOE FM.