Library Column for March 11, 2022

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March and 2022 are clipping along at a very brisk pace, so be sure and take time to read each and every day. Reading has been proven to improve sleep, increase empathy, improve brain health and increase knowledge. Read anything that interests you. Read magazines, ebooks, articles, cereal boxes, or listen to audiobooks in whatever genre suits you whether romance, thriller, science fiction, realism, historical, and non-fiction in everything from self-help to biographies to sports.

I just finished two youth graphic novels that I really enjoyed including Marshmallow and Jordan by Alina Chau about an Indonesian girl disabled in an accident and an elephant who befriends her and Salt Magic by Hope Larson about an alternate history America in the depression. I also finished Passport by Sophia Glock a graphic memoir about growing up in Central America with ‘intelligence officers’ as parents.

The Gates of Europe: a history of Ukraine by Serhii Plokhy is a newer title that provides lots of relevant information about current events.

My non-fiction reading has been ranging all over time and place from Gichigami Hearts by Linda LeGarde Grover about the arrival of Ojibwe to the western shores of Lake Superior to Travels with George by Nathaniel Philbrick ‘in search of Washington and His Legacy’ to Between the Lines by Uli Beutter Cohen with stories of readers on the New York subways.

My Policeman by Bethan Roberts is soon to be a movie, set in 1950’s Brighton as Marion learns to swim from Tom but life isn’t that simple.

Danielle Steel continues to write several novels a year and Flying Angels about six WWII flight nurses is getting lots of buzz and acclaim for shining light on the unseen in war.

Richard Powers winner of the Pulitzer for The Overstory has a new heart-wrenching novel in Bewilderment about an astrobiologist and his young, troubled son Robin.

Korean history has always fascinated me for years and the novel Beasts of a Little Land by Juhea Kim begins in Japanese occupied Korea in 1917 as a young starving Korean hunter saves a Japanese officer from an attacking tiger and spans a half century of climactic life for all.

Once Upon a Wardrobe by Patti Callahan explores the early life of C.S. Lewis through a fictionalized encounter with a young woman on a mathematics scholarship at Oxford.

Because I have a new grandchild I have been looking at lots of knitting and sewing books figuring out what I want to make before we go visit. I am also spending time actually sewing and knitting, not just reading about it.

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