Looking for your next good book to read? Not sure where to start? Want to hear about the latest and greatest new and upcoming titles?
Join Amy Gornikiewicz and me for a fun and informative evening, "Book Buzz with Amy and Robyn," at Eagle Public Library - 6:30 p.m. on Monday, March 11. We will be talking about favorite recent books we've read.
Amy is Eagle Valley Library District's Adult Collections Librarian. She orders all adult fiction and nonfiction titles for the district's three libraries in Eagle, Avon and Gypsum. Amy is well versed on the best new reads, what's currently popular, and even those books yet to hit the stands.
After many years as Children's Librarian, I am newer to the adult fiction world. I have watched these books check in and out at the library for decades, but am now enjoying adult literature as a new specialty. After talking up books to youth over the years, it's time for me to share literature with the grown-ups.
Here are a few blogs from our library website (www.evld.org). These are just a handful of the many novels we will discuss:
'Flight Behavior' by Barbara Kingsolver
Set in present day rural Tennessee, the novel opens as the protagonist, Dellarobia Turnbow is about to make a life-altering change. Pregnant and married at 17, Dellarobia, her husband, Cub, and her two children live on a portion of her overbearing in-laws' farm. After 10 years of marriage, motherhood, and living in poverty, she is hiking into the woods behind her home to meet a man and perhaps abandon everything when she witnesses what she believes to be a miracle, an entire valley that seems to be alight in an orange flame.
'Casual Vacancy' by J.K. Rowling
News of a local councilman's untimely death results in various reactions from those who knew him in the small and pretty town of Pagford, England. Several citizens step forward in an election to claim his spot on the parish council, since there are local and controversial issues at hand. Many characters are introduced in this story, and their personal lives are intertwined and sometimes displayed in an unsatisfactory light as the campaign unfolds.
'Orchardist' by Amanda Coplin
Set at the turn of the 20th century in a rural section of Washington State, the novel relates the story of the orchardist, William Talmadge, now entering middle age, who has lived a difficult and solitary life on his orchard until one day when two pregnant teenagers appear on his land. They are somewhat feral and will not speak to Talmadge, are definitely stealing from him, and are most likely in some sort of trouble, yet they are still very young and in need of help, so Talmadge feels compelled to assist them in any way he can.
'Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend' by Matthew Dicks
This is an unusual book whose narrator is just what the title implies. Budo has been friends with young Max for five years - which is a long lifespan for the imaginary species. Max is an autistic 8-year-old boy who attends school at the Learning Center, where he has the best and the worst of teachers. When one of the teachers does the unthinkable, Budo must step in and save the day. But how is an imaginary friend to do that?
Amy and I will offer "previews" of fiction and nonfiction titles that were published in 2012 and 2013. This free event is open to the public. Hope you can join us!