Wednesday, August 1, 2012
You may enjoy a few of the books I've read this summer.
"What Alice Forgot" by Liane Moriarty is the story of a 39-year-old Australian who falls off her machine at spin class and forgets the last 10 years of her life, including the birth of her three children and a souring relationship with her husband. Highly recommended.
"Overseas" by Beatriz Williams is a time travel love story set in World War I France and modern day New York City. This novel is recommended for fans of the Outlander Series. Although Williams' settings aren't as descriptive as Gabaldon's, "Overseas" is a compelling story with vivid (and sexy) main characters.
"French Kids Eat Everything" by Karen Le Billion is for parents - like me - who are ready to throw grown-up tantrums at every meal because children whine, complain, and refuse to eat - "but it's disgusting, Mommy!" No book will cure all of your family's mealtime problems, but "French Kids" is a beginning. Reading "French Kids" gave me the authority to tell my children, "It's okay to be hungry. Supper's in 45 minutes."
Ready to devour more books? If so, please consider attending one of our library book discussions.
On Wednesday, Aug. 1 at 2 p.m., the Mount Pleasant Reel Club will watch "Fried Green Tomatoes" (Rated PG-13; 136 min) starring Kathy Bates, Jessica Tandy and Mary Stuart Masterson. Afterwards, we'll discuss both the movie and the book it was based upon, "Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café" by Fannie Flagg. Free popcorn and soft drinks will be available.
Ready for more? Read "That Old Cape Magic" by Richard Russo and then attend our second monthly book discussion on Monday, Aug. 20 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Is Your Business at Risk? Find out on Tuesday, Aug. 14 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. as Financial Advisor Michael T. Lauffer of Lauffer and Associates explains how you can protect your business and personal assets by quickly assessing your own level of risk.
And the little darlings? Bring your kids to the library on Saturday, Aug. 4 at 2 p.m. for arts and crafts with Ms. Grace.
Rising 6-12 graders are invited to our showing of "Puss in Boots" (Rated PG; 90 minutes) on Wednesday, Aug. 8 at 2:30 p.m. Puss in Boots must prove his innocence through a series of adventures (set before he meets Shrek and Donkey). Younger children are welcome to attend with parental supervision.
For the next two weeks I'm taking a vacation to be a full time mom. Chances are, I'll be more than ready to return to work in mid August, but until then - with my own little darlings in tow - I hope to see you at the library.
(Jen McQueen is a reference librarian at the Mount Pleasant Regional Library, located at 1133 Mathis Ferry Road and can bereached by calling 849-6161.)