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Dive into one of these beauties.

July 19th, 2019 · No Comments · Books, Main Branch, News, West Branch


Looking for a good book? Dive into one of these beauties.  You may or may not have heard of the titles below, but they are all guaranteed to satisfy.  Well, at least I loved them and I hope you will, too.

I read The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton in elementary school.    It’s about kids on the street, gangs, and having to look tough against the other side.  The quote that has stuck with me since 6th grade is “Maybe the two different worlds we lived in weren’t so different. We saw the same sunset.”.   No matter what side of the tracks you’re from, we all have access to the same sunset. 

On the lighter side, On Folly Beach by Dorthea Benton Frank is about a widowed woman who looks at the past and finds the strength to face her future.  A very southern novel, it takes place in South Carolina  on historic and romantic Folly Beach.   This honest and uplifting story of family, coming to terms with the past, and the miracle of finding love later in life is a comforting beach read.

The American  is about Illinois Governor John Peter Altgeld.  This historical novel is about the Haymarket Riot, which happened May, 1886. The day started as a rally for worker’s rights and ended when an attendee threw a  bomb into the crowd.  The resulting gunfire killed seven police officers and at least four civilians.  Governor Altgeld made an important decision about the accused.  The book is political however is brilliantly tempered by Altgelds integrity.  Howard Fast does a wonderful job developing Altgeld.  This is a rare, all too American tale .

Click the titles below to check them out or see the display all this month and next in the Rotunda.

Walt Disney

American Values lessons I learned from My Family

 Poetry by heart a child’s book of poems to remember

War and peace a novel

The harlequin tea set and other stories Agatha Christie

Misalliance a comedy

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