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Sharing love of libraries and books

With everyone sheltering in place, including my home state of Michigan, I am grateful that I checked a batch of books out of the local library before it shut, and also grateful that libraries offer online reading options to order.

I am part of a library book club that usually meets once a month. We are now reading "The Friend" by Sigrid Nunez -- a National Book Award Winner.

But I confess I have plenty of comfort books that I return to at home, including some of my favorite YA books and classics. I am re-reading "Bud, Not Buddy" by Christopher Paul Curtis, a favorite writer, and in between also picked up "Little Heathens: Hard Times and High Spirits on an Iowa Farm During the Great Depression" by Mildred Armstrong Kalish -- you may remember this gem. As we are in challenging times of a different sort, this is engaging reading. I just finished Avi's "Gold Rush Girl," and Linda Sue Park's "Prairie Lotus."  Both are excellent historical fiction and I will expect young readers -- and old -- to be curled up this summer with the flashlight under the bed to read these well into bedtime. For adults,  you will welcome that these open your eyes to narratives not often shared, and more inclusive.

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You may remember a couple of years ago, it seemed everyone was fearful that all the social media would mean we wouldn't be reading -- and especially the experts and analysts forecast gloom and doom for the published print book.  Not the case at all -- print, audio or whatever way the format is presented, we're reading all. Sharing today, in no particular order, after our recent trip to the library and bookstore:

"Sunset Beach" by Mary Kay Andrews -- nothing like a beach read with beach in the title. This Southern writer is fine for any Midwestern lake and beach read, too, and yes, a mystery complete with family tensions, a death at a resort and romance.Re-reading Kelly Barnhill's "The Girl Who Drank the Moon," the 2017 Newbery winner. YA is often perfectly good reading for "A." (Note to Midwesterners, Kelly is a Minnesota writer.)Besides Jennifer Weiner's "Mrs. Everything," (which begins in Detroit), have dug out another favorite mystery by Sara Paretsky and her Chicago sleuth V.I., "Double Indemnity."Back to reading -- who says adults can't read YA or younger books? Not anyone in my house.When last year's Jeopardy winner reminded his excited viewers that his trick to winning -- among his talents -- was to read in the children's section.