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Life Drawing by Robin Black is a quiet but powerful novel of a marriage between two artists; Gus, a painter and her husband Owen, a writer. Their relationship has been fractured by an affair Gus had with a student’s father and in a futile attempt to insulate themselves from their pain they move from Philadelphia to a remote house in the country.
If you're looking for a satisfying beach read, try The Precious One by Marisa de los Santos. Thirty-something Taisy Cleary and her twin brother Marcus have been estranged from their heartless, pompous, brilliant father Wilson for most of their adult lives.
I don’t know about you, but when Oklahoma’s hot sticky weather arrives I find it difficult to read dark, dreary books. It takes too much energy. I suggest you enjoy a margarita by the pool or curl up under the air conditioning with a glass of lemonade and sink into one of these feel-good books.
Conversing fluidly about books is an essential skill for librarians. We need to be able to describe a book in a way that identifies the specific appeals of the book; the characters, storyline, setting, language, etc., which draw a reader to it.
A lifelong love of reading was instilled in me when I was a little girl. Maybe it’s because I associated reading with maternal love; I have vague memories of my mother holding me and reading to me, of feeling safe and valued in her arms. Whatever the reason, the magic of books cast its spell on me at an early age. Every time my mother went grocery shopping I begged for a Little Golden Book.