From the Stacks
By Carol Ann Robb, PPL Reference Librarian 

Spring Reading

There’s nothing like fresh, shiny new books to usher in a new season. I’ve been looking forward to cracking the spines open to several new books coming out this month.

Elizabeth Berg’s Mason series is among my favorites and I often recommend them to anyone looking for a nice, uplifting read. I was thrilled when I learned she wrote a prequel telling the story of Arthur (Truluv) Moses’ romance with his beloved Nola. I just started “Earth’s the Right Place to Love” but I’m pretty sure it’s going to be a worthy addition to the series. I think I’ll be spending Easter afternoon with them and I’m looking forward to it.

Next on my list is “The White Lady,” a new offering by Jacqueline Winspear. This is not part of the popular Maisie Dobbs series but also a mystery—it sounds like it could be the first in a new series but time will tell. Sometimes I like it when an author mixes it up; it tends keeps the writing fresh, so I’m eager to see how this one turns out (I admit to being disappointed by her memoir, perhaps proving that truth’s not as good as fiction).

And I just learned that Sandra Dallas has a new book out later this month, “Where Coyotes Howl.” Her books are quiet little gems—not flashy but solid stories that hold up. Sometimes I just want to read a good story well told and that is exactly what Dallas delivers.

It’s not shiny and new but I discovered a treasure in the Friends of the Library book sale last week—a used copy of “Maeve’s Times,” a collection of columns by Maeve Binchy first published in the “Irish Times.” This is a great filler book, one I can pick up between books or to read through while eating lunch (I don’t have to be as careful about not spilling food on the pages) and I’ve found myself chuckling over things she wrote in the 1960’s. Her observations are spot-on over fifty years later. And when I’m finished, I know exactly who to send it on to—but I’m not telling her so I can read this at my leisure.

If you need help filling up a Spring basket of books, just hop on down to the library and we’ll be happy to assist you (just not on Sunday—we’ll be closed).

Happy Easter. Happy Spring.