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Library Happenings – ‘Beach read’ print is equivalent to movie blockbusters of summer (March 16, 2016 issue)

By Angie Georgeff

When I went to the movies last week, I sat through a number of trailers for coming attractions. I normally would say “suffered through” because most movies today don’t appeal to me, but these, for the most part, were films I actually would like to see.

Since blockbusters will start to premiere in May, now is a good time to watch the movie trailers and make plans to see the summer’s best. And the same may be said for books. One might posit that “beach reads” are the print equivalent of the summer blockbusters. Not surprisingly, they, too, start to come out in May when the weather heats up and the school year winds down.

This one is generating a lot of buzz here at the library. Connie and I have already pre-ordered copies of local favorite Sharyn McCrumb’s latest novel “Prayers the Devil Answers.” It will be released May 10, and since Ms. McCrumb is on our list of standing order authors, a copy has been reserved for the library, as well.

This novel is set in Southern Appalachia during the depths of the Great Depression. Widow Ellie Robbins reluctantly agrees to fill out her late husband’s term as sheriff in order to support her family. Ellie is a strong woman prepared to face and overcome adversity, but is she willing to execute a condemned killer as her office demands?

New Books!

In the meantime, we have a shipment of new books that should hit the shelves any minute now. Among the highly-anticipated thrillers are “Off the Grid” by C.J. Box, “The Steel Kiss” by Jeffery Deaver, “Gone Again” by James Grippando and “Clawback: An Ali Reynolds Novel” by J. A. Jance. If you prefer whodunits that are a bit less intense, we also have new cozy mysteries from M. C. Beaton, Rhys Bowen, Laura Childs and Joanne Fluke.

Since March is National Women’s History Month, we have added new biographies about Charlotte Bronte and Julia Ward Howe to our collection. Claire Harman’s “Charlotte Bronte: A Fiery Heart” examines correspondence that was not available to Bronte’s previous biographers to reveal how closely her life paralleled the story of her great heroine Jane Eyre.

Elaine Showalter’s “The Civil Wars of Julia Ward Howe: A Biography” considers how Julia’s troubled marriage inspired her achievements as a poet (“The Battle Hymn of the Republic”), abolitionist, lecturer and activist and informed her role in the struggle for women’s rights.

Board Meeting

The board of trustees of the Unicoi County Public Library will meet in the library lobby at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 17. The public is welcome to attend. If you require special accommodations, please call the library at 743-6533 for assistance.