My Fruitful Trip To the Library

I am still upset that Northern District library branch is RIP, well at least for the summer. Libraries are my happy place - the hush, the quiet, the smell of musty books with people's dirty fingerprints all over them. I spent the large part of the summer after I graduated from university (2005) in the Toronto Reference Library hiding from both my miserable roommates and my miserable part-time job. I chuckled over this article about an unemployed philosophy major in The Awl because libraries really are a great place for the underemployed to go and pretend like they're working.

Anyway, I am happy that it's finally Northern District's turn to get a reno because the old lady really does need new clothes. The whole thing is very spaceship meets brutalist architecture meets extremely sad public school classroom.

In any case, I hiked it over to Deer Park branch at Yonge and St. Clair yesterday to pick up my holds and what a smorgarsboard of excitement that was. Here's what I got (descriptions courtesy of the publishers):

Orange Is the New Black: When Piper Kerman was sent to prison for a ten-year-old crime, she barely resembled the reckless young woman she’d been when, shortly after graduating Smith College, she’d committed the misdeeds that would eventually catch up with her.Happily ensconced in a New York City apartment, with a promising career and an attentive boyfriend, she was suddenly forced to reckon with the consequences of her very brief, very careless dalliance in the world of drug trafficking.

Solitude: Seeking Wisdom in Extremes: a Year Alone in the Patagonia Wilderness: Years after losing his lower right leg in a motorcycle crash, Robert Kull traveled to a remote island in Patagonia's coastal wilderness with equipment and supplies to live alone for a year. He sought to explore the effects of deep solitude on the body and mind and to find the spiritual answers he'd been seeking all his life. With only a cat and his thoughts as companions, he wrestled with inner storms while the wild forces of nature raged around him. The physical challenges were immense, but the struggles of mind and spirit pushed him even further.

The Husbands and Wives Club: A Year in the Life of a Couples Therapy Group: For more than a year, journalist Laurie Abraham sat in with five troubled couples as they underwent the searing process of group marriage therapy. Published as The New York Times Magazine's cover story "Can This Marriage Be Saved?" the resulting article generated intense reader response and received the Award for Excellence in Journalism from the American Psychoanalytic Association. Though the article allowed Abraham to focus on only one couple, this book, which grew out of it and the reaction it inspired, tells the moving, fascinating story of all five.

Cool Water: Juliet, Saskatchewan, is a blink-of-an-eye kind of town -- the welcome sign announces a population of 1,011 people -- and it’s easy to imagine that nothing happens on its hot and dusty streets. Situated on the edge of the Little Snake sand hills, Juliet and its inhabitants are caught in limbo between a century -- old promise of prosperity and whatever lies ahead.

But the heart of the town beats in the rich and overlapping stories of its people: the foundling who now owns the farm his adoptive family left him; the pregnant teenager and her mother, planning a fairytale wedding; a shy couple, well beyond middle age, struggling with the recognition of their feelings for one another; a camel named Antoinette; and the ubiquitous wind and sand that forever shift the landscape. Their stories bring the prairie desert and the town of Juliet to vivid and enduring life.


Serena said...

looks like a good haul...I like the title of this one: Orange Is the New Black

Heather said...

What an interesting assortment. I live in a small rural town with no library. I travel to the next small town where their library is no bigger than my tv room and kitchen combined. They provide me with a continuous supply of interesting books. Fortunately they are part of a larger system and they all trade books around and I can request all sorts of stuff.

B.Kienapple said...

Hi Heather, that's too bad that your town doesn't have a library. When I was growing up I lived in a village of (I swear) less than 50 people. The bookmobile would visit us every few weekends. I still remember how excited I would get to climb on that bus and pick out whatever I wanted! The holds system is a blessing for me too as not all TO branches are well stocked but the system as a whole tends to buy all the best books, books that I greedily snatch up!

Amy said...

Some great sounding books there, I can't wait to hear what you think of Orange is the New Black especially.

Beth ( said...

A couple of these look pretty good, I think I'll check out if my library has them. I doubt it, as they don't seem to have a huge selection, but thank god for interlibrary loan requests. I'm sure they're sick of receiving my emails every week!

B.Kienapple said...

Amy, I think I will read Orange Is the New Black as soon as I finish Breaking Dawn. And Fallen. And The Girl Who Played With Fire. Oh no.

Beth, keep pestering them! I forget what a godsend Amazon is until I think of when I lived in NS and getting books that weren't huge bestsellers was hard.

Marie said...

Great selection. I'm glad to see that you found "Cool Water" by Diane Warren. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

B.Kienapple said...

Hey Marie, what's the link to your review? Tried searching for it but it didn't come up.


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