Library patrons can now find these popular titles on the Cleveland Library shelves:
“The Help” by Kathryn Stockett
This book brings back the stories, emotions, and culture of Mississippi for those who experienced it through the 1960s, but it is written as fiction. Many readers in 2011 will find it uncomfortable reading, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. Times are changing, with the cultures of discrimination and prejudice not gone, but waning. Although released in hard cover in 2009, it is still so very popular that a recent search showed only one copy remained on the shelves in Wake and Johnston County public libraries.
“The Art of Racing in the Rain” by Garth Stein was released in 2008 and 2009 and is a look at humans, their lives, and interactions from the dog’s point of view. There is both humor and loyalty abounding in this selection.
“Amazing Gracie: A Dog’s Tale” by Dan Dye was originally released about 10 years ago and easily won recognition for its teen appeal. Most any age will read and enjoy this book with its Great Dane rags to riches success story, ending with a chain of bakeries. The bakeries were not for Italian bread and humans, but for the dogs with very tender tummies. Read, laugh, enjoy, be encouraged, but keep a hankie in hand.
“Half Broke Horses” by Jeanette Walls is labeled fiction. It tells the story of a girl who can ride and rope, but well could be the story of Jeanette’s heritage coming from the Depression era, when she took a 500-mile trip to become a school teacher. A great read!
Cleveland Library is located at 5533 NC Hwy 42 W, Ste. D96, in the rear of Peddler’s Village. Hours are Monday, 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.; and Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information call (919) 661-6565 or visit http://4042needs.org/library.