By Angie Georgeff
My favorite book of 2016 has been Dominic Smith’s “The Last Painting of Sara de Vos.” The haunting winter landscape “At the Edge of a Wood” links three unforgettable characters: still life artist Sara de Vos, the first female master painter admitted to the Dutch Guild of St. Luke in 1631; Marty de Groot, a wealthy New Yorker who inherited Sara’s landscape some 300 years later; and Ellie Shipley, an Australian grad student who is so captivated by the painting that she is persuaded to forge a copy that is used to steal the original old master from Marty’s bedroom.
Ellie’s copy is good – so good that Marty does not immediately notice the theft. When he does, he becomes obsessed with revenge. While Marty and Ellie become more and more entangled in a web of deceit, Sara’s story unfolds petal by petal to the end of the book. Your library has this novel available in regular print–and now–large print editions. You also may borrow it either as an eBook or audiobook through Tennessee R.E.A.D.S. Give us a call at 743-6533 if you would like to be put on the hold list for the physical items.
Our R.E.A.D.S circulation increases year after year, and there is often a spike during the winter months, which I believe can be attributed both to Christmas presents and inclement weather. If you are giving your loved ones a smartphone, tablet or eReader during this holiday season, be sure to let them know about R.E.A.D.S. All they will need is an eligible device, Internet access and their library card. We have bookmarks at our circulation desk with instructions printed on the back, so pick one up to include with your gift. The lucky recipient will be able to start reading a good book right away.
Buying eBooks and audiobooks can be quite an expensive habit, especially for voracious readers, so it makes sense to borrow them instead. R.E.A.D.S is available anywhere in the world there is an Internet connection twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year. And the books return themselves, so you’ll never incur a late fee. It couldn’t be more convenient or budget friendly.
Since the holiday falls on Sunday this year, the library will be closed from Friday, Dec. 23 through Monday, Dec. 26 for Christmas and Christmas Eve. No items will be due on those dates, but you may deposit books in our drop boxes if you wish. They are located at the library in Erwin and at Town Hall in Unicoi. Please do not place DVDs in the drop boxes, since they may be damaged if heavy books fall on them. We wish you all a very Merry Christmas!