Nancy Therrien, Programming and Outreach Coordinator: Hello, I’m Nancy Therrien 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.
The theme for May’s Online Book Club is Goodreads Choice Award Winners from 2017. The Goodreads Choice Award Winners are the most “popular” books as voted by Goodreads members, but are not necessarily literary choices or typical bookclub picks. Voting in 20 categories happens each November, and the winners are announced in December. I personally love the Goodreads rating system to judge whether a broad audience will enjoy a particular book. Today Sherrill Sherwood and I will each discuss one of the winning titles of the 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards.
Sherrill Sherwood, Collection Development Coordinator: In Paula Hawkins’ novel Into The Water, a single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged. Left behind is a lonely fifteen-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother’s sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from—a place to which she vowed she’d never return. With the same propulsive writing and acute understanding of human instincts that captivated millions of readers around the world in her explosive debut thriller The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins delivers an urgent, twisting, deeply satisfying read that hinges on the deceptiveness of emotion and memory. Haliburton County Public Library carries Into the Water in a few formats; in regular print, large print, as a book on CD and also as an e-book.
Nancy Therrien, Programming and Outreach Coordinator: 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 a particular month’s selection. For example, this month, I was unable to read my first choice title: Before We Were Yours: a novel by Lisa Wingate because I am #219 on the wait list for the e-book. Instead, I have chosen to read The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore. Although it isn’t one of the online book club picks for May, it is a Goodreads Choice Award Winner in the category of History and Biography. The Radium Girls tells the story of the young American women who thought they had gotten their dream jobs at the United States Radium Corporation in the early 1900’s. The employees painted radium onto watch dials to make the numbers glow. In between brush strokes, they would point the brush tips by licking them. Back then radium was thought to be a panacea, a magical elixir and cure-all for anything that ails you. Little did the ladies know that the employer-approved practice of “tipping” the brushes to their lips would leach radium into their bodies and slowly kill them in horrific ways. The Radium Girls displayed great tenacity in the face of declining health and ongoing legal battles. Their courage led to life-changing workplace health and safety regulations, and ultimately saved hundreds of thousands of lives.
To check out the Haliburton County Public Library Online Book Club, visit the website haliburtonlibrary.ca and click on the “g” for Goodreads. You can go online and make comments about specific books or reading in general. That’s it for this week’s Library Moments. Thanks for listening here on 100.9 CANOE FM.
*Originally aired in May 2018 on 100.9 CANOE FM.