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October 2018

Volume 8, Issue 10

A Newsletter of the Blue Mountain Community Library

Happy Halloween!
Check out these scary books…
Dracula – Bram Stoker
The Turn of the Screw – Henry James
The Silence of the Lambs – Thomas Harris
Nearly any book by Stephen King
Benefit the library by dining at The Slate Pub
509 E. Main St.
Pen Argyl
October 16
11:00 AM-closing
Attention, young readers!
Storytime has begun!
Every Wednesday and Thursday
at 10:30 AM
October Book Nook Special:
Buy two large print books, get a third large print book free!
Thank you to the Café on Broadway and Wendy’s for their recent fundraisers for the library!  Thank you to all who dined at the Café and Wendy’s!
Thank you to all who donated food for our recent food drive.
Our fall silent auction will be held in November.  Items may include the following:
– Non-stick saucepan/lid 1.5 qt.
– Non-stick casserole/lid 2 qt.
– Ultimate Copper cooking set 4 pc.
– Copper Cookware 6 qt. pan
– Copper Cookware 3 qt. pan
– Citrus Juicer
– Electric blender/glass jar
– Electric waffle maker
– Electric hand mixer 5-speed
– Proctor Silex single serve coffeemaker 10 oz. (K-cups/single serve packs)
– Toaster oven
– 6 pc. white cotton towel set
– White shower robe
– Pastel satin padded hanger set (8)
– Spin Mop/Bucket (as seen on TV)
– Vera Bradley large tote
– Bluetooth stereo headphones
Coming soon…
Information about a special Christmas crafting event for adults AND our annual Christmas tree fundraiser
The public is invited to the next board meeting on October 17 at 6:30 PM.
Don’t forget to save your Weis receipts and bring them to the library!
Adult book discussion group selections:
October 16 – The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
November 20 – Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann
December – no book discussion this month
January 15 – In the Shadow of Alabama by Judy Reene Singer
Book group meetings begin at 6:30 PM.
Books are available for checkout.
Book review:
The Radium Girls:  The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women
book by Kate Moore
review by Nancy Chuss
After the Curies discovered radium, jewelers realized its glow-in-the-dark property makes it perfect for watch dials.  Also, when WWI broke out, the planes all needed glow-in-the-dark dials to fly at night.  Young girls signed up for jobs painting the radium onto the dials.  They were taught to dip their brushes into the radium, point the brushes by putting it to their lips, and then paint the dials:  “dip lip paint.”  They loved how the radium dust made their hair light up.  They would even enter a dark room and see that they all lit up.  They were all friends and had fun.  Then the “Radium Girls” began to get sick.  Their teeth would fall out.  The company denied any dangers from the radium.  The problems the girls went through were horrible, and the company was defiant.
This story only gets worse, and it’s true.  I guarantee you will get a new view of women in the workplace and corporate evil.
Book review:
The Book of M
book by Peng Shepherd
review by Jill Silvius
The premise of The Book of M is intriguing:  what would happen if, suddenly, all across the world, people’s shadows started to disappear – and with their shadows, their memories?
Unfortunately, the novel suffers from multiple names, multiple storylines – in short, a bit too much!  The tantalizing scenario of an all-encompassing, incomprehensible “Forgetting” gets lost in – what, exactly?  An apocalyptic adventure?  A riff on Peter Pan?  A philosophical debate about the importance of remembering those we love and those who love us?  As Shepherd’s first novel, The Book of M tries to achieve a lot.
Orlando Zhang (Ory) and wife Max remain at Elk Cliffs Resort after their friends Paul and Immanuel’s wedding.  In its aftermath, only they remain, trying to survive.  They don’t know how extensive the Forgetting is, or whom it has claimed, or how it’s transmitted.  Cut off from the rest of the world, they can only forage and hope and wait.
Until Max loses her shadow.  And disappears while Ory is out hunting.
Ory’s search for Max, and Max’s thoughts as recorded on a tape-recorder Ory fashions into a necklace for her (just in case, to remind her who she is), form many chapters of the book.  But The Book of M throws other narratives into the mix:  the tale of an amnesiac, the mysterious “One Who Gathers” and has an elephant-shaped shadow; Olympics-bound archer Mahnaz Ahmadi and her sister Rojan; Hemu Joshi, the first to have his shadow disappear; and others.
Once the reader knows everyone’s background, everyone is eventually bound for the same place, which is cloaked in gossip:  New Orleans.  Their stories eventually converge, but until they do, it’s often challenging to remember which survivor group is where and who’s within each group.  One group fights the Red King, while another is fleeing white-clad Transcendence fanatics (who want to worship the shadowless).  Clashes of armies are juxtaposed with Max’s gradually dwindling recollections.
The premise of the Forgetting, and the associated potential horrors of the shadowless “misremembering” and tragically, magically, creating items that shouldn’t exist, is wondrous.  Imagine alligators the size of cruise ships and a hurricane turning a city into a fishbowl!  But lovers of sci-fi, fantasy, romance, and adventure may all feel a bit disappointed.  The Book of M’s mishmash of genres and apparent goals can make a reader question if he or she has a touch of the “Forgetting” (as in Who’s that character again?)
And the M in the title?  It’s not Max, or only partly so…