Tuesday, April 12, 2011
We have a relatively small library in our suburb, but I have had the best conversations with the librarians!
I lived in a large city in Oregon so library visits were impersonal. Then even in the mid-sized city I don't think I ever said more than hello and thanks to the librarians.
Here, I have had actual conversations about books! I will talk your leg off about Jane Austen if I get the chance. Several of the ladies at our branch love classic literature so we chat about all the books and the tv and movie adaptations and the merits of the leading men....
One very kind woman has even loaned me books from her collection when no library in the area had what I wanted. She also recommended a new author to me today which is always exciting since I tend to get bogged down and think I've read anything that's worthwhile, which is nonsense.
One of my favorite modern authors is Maeve Binchy. She's an Irish lady and she writes books set in Dublin. What's best - she carries forward her characters from book to book so old friends always peek in. I've read her books so many times the nice ladies at the library have stopped looking over their glasses while they say "You've had this before". They recognise my mania.
Right now I'm reading a lot of Alice Hoffman's work. She is such a good author. Always a touch of the unknown in her work and something to get me all worked up into a good cry.
My husband knows now not to ask what's wrong when he hears me snivelling. He just gets up and gets some tissues and shakes his head when I quaver "I'm just so INVOLVED in the story....."