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Library Happenings – Top books from 2019 available at library

By Angie Georgeff

Some years seem to be dominated by a single book, and 2019 was certainly one of those years. Delia Owen’s “Where the Crawdads Sing” was the book that everyone wanted to read and demand has not slowed down. We currently have three copies in regular print and one in large print and all four books are either checked out or on hold for someone. Of all the books I have read this year, it is far and away my favorite.

That said, it is not my favorite book of 2019, since it was published in September of 2018.  Which novel would I choose among the books I have read that were published in 2019?  Elizabeth Strout’s “Olive, Again” wins by a whisker over Alice Hoffman’s “The World That We Knew.” I am a loyal fan of both authors, and preordered both novels for myself as soon as I found out about them. Hoffman’s book was released three weeks before Strout’s, so I had time to finish the hauntingly beautiful novel “The World That We Knew” before I received “Olive, Again.”

Strout’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “Olive Kitteridge” was the book that dominated 2009, and her latest effort revisits the retired schoolteacher and her colorful cast of neighbors in the small coastal town of Crosby, Maine. Olive is getting older, but she is just as opinionated and outspoken as ever.

Her husband Henry has died and her son Christopher has a busy life and burgeoning family in New York City. Olive is now living alone, but widower Jack Kennison is hoping to change that.

We have “Olive, Again” available in both regular and large print editions. If you want to read “Olive Kitteridge” first, we have that book available in regular print.

Board Meeting

The Board of Trustees of the Unicoi County Public Library will meet in the library lobby at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 16.

The public is welcome to attend. If you require any special accommodations in order to attend, call the library at 743-6533 for assistance.

Hello, Internet!

If you have not yet become acquainted with the Internet and the marvelous things that it can do for you, we will be happy to make the introduction. Join us at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 9, and we will get you started.

The month of January is named in honor of Janus, the Roman deity who was in charge of beginnings, transitions and time. In art, Janus is traditionally portrayed with two faces, one that looks back to the past and another that looks ahead to the future.

If you are looking forward to a new skill, call the library to reserve your place or get more information.