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September 29, 2014

Have I mentioned before that the library has a fairly large selection of humorous books?  Some are even in large print!  There is a section in the Reference Room with a half dozen or more books of a humorous vein, at least one in large print by Dave Barry and a biography of Billy Crystal in the New Arrivals area.  Fanny Flagg and Erma Bombeck are two other authors who write amazingly funny stuff.  In this day and age we all need a good laugh;  you could have a good laugh for fourteen days straight by checking out one of these books!

As always, thanks to those whom have donated books to the library recently.  It is always fun to get new books in that others have read and (hopefully) enjoyed!  That becomes even truer when we don't already have the book!  Keep those newly purchased, gently used books coming in--they add to our readers' choices!

Is it just me or are less people reading paperback these days?  It seems that  large print is the popular way to go now.  Remember though, many of the newer paperback and hard cover regular print books now come with larger spacing between each line and on different paper than back in the days of the Book-of-the-Month and Peoples' Book Clubs.  These newer printed books are certainly easier on the eyes.  We have tried to purge the shelves of those older books with miniscule printing and closely packed words, especially in the paperbacks.  Open the cover on a title that looks interesting;  perhaps the print is larger than you might expect!

Here's only one  review--too much outside work to finish another:

Obituary Quilt by Hal and Mary Toliver.  (PB)  A mystery of sorts set in the Willamette Valley of Oregon, Obituary Quilt has an interesting premise.  A quilt made by  one of the very old residents of the area includes names and death dates of neighbors and friends in the area--neighbors.  Bea Ellis, visiting again after years away, notices the date for one resident and questions the maker as to the date's correctness.  The seamstress refuses to talk about it.  The death in question is of a lady that supposedly ran away with the hired man and Bea wonders why the quilt maker, Maude Dietz, would put the death date as the day the woman left town.  A small detail, but Bea finds it bothers her--too many questions beginning with "Why".  This is not a straightforward book as my review might imply.  There is some jumping from present to past without much notice and the reader might not be sure where the mystery in the story lies.  However, it is interesting how the curiosity of one person can be used for the motivational theme for a book!  (There are several others in this series with Bea Ellis as the amateur sleuth, though the library has only this one.)

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