My Librarian: Fritzi Newton
While I’ll read most anything, I’d have to say that women’s fiction is probably at the top of my list. Think Ann Patchett, Anne Tyler, Anna Quindlen (no, your name doesn’t have to be a form of “Ann” to qualify as one of my faves), Barbara Kingsolver, and Sue Miller. But, I also love Tom Franklin—Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter (about an outcast accused of a comely teen’s murder in the Deep South), and I just finished Station Eleven, an apocalyptic novel where 99% of the world’s population succumbs to a virulent flu.
And, then there’s my obsession with everything related to the Great Outdoors—Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail and The Last Flight of the Scarlet Macaw. Finally, stories—both fiction and non-fiction—about foodies set my heart racing. If you haven’t picked up Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise, trust me, you’ll ADORE it!!
Working in libraries for over half of my life has given me MANY years of practice when it comes to matching each person with the perfect book choice. And, nothing gives me greater pleasure than having those same people return to gush enthusiastically about their custom-selected titles. I’m pretty certain I can find something for you that will complement your reading tastes and, hopefully, have you clamoring for MORE!
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If you’re at a loss for something to read post-Gone Girl, plan to put I Love You More at the top of your list. In Jennifer Murphy’s latest novel, smooth operator Oliver Lane has somehow managed to marry 3 different women and create a separate family with each. Because his job “requires” copious travel AND because Oliver is an attentive husband, none of the wives initially suspect that anything is awry. But when wife #2, Jewels, uncovers her husband’s transgressions, she makes it her main mission to notify wife #1, Diana—and wife #3, Bert.
Actor Arthur Leander has experienced a number of peaks and valleys in his lengthy Hollywood career. As he prepares to take the stage as King Lear in what will be his final performance, he’s hardly at the top of his game. Hard living and a separation from his only son have taken their toll, and Arthur succumbs to a heart attack as the audience watches. Kirsten, a young child also in the production, is traumatized by Arthur’s death and will remember this day far into the future.
A life-threatening health condition led Dee Williams, author of The Big Tiny: A Built-It-Myself Memoir, to make some unorthodox life decisions. In seeking the traditional American dream of being a homeowner, she buys a house—one with great potential, but in need of extensive TLC. Dee, a farm girl, is not intimidated by hard work, and gradually she transforms her fixer-upper into charming digs, complete with a lavish garden. Between maintaining her abode and traveling for her job as a state hazardous waste inspector, she has no time to simply luxuriate in little day-to-day pleasures. It’s not until she is diagnosed with heart failure in her early forties that she realizes how vital it is to change her priorities. She is no longer content to be a slave to house and yard work.