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Posted on August 24, 2022 at 5:02 PM by Rosella Tesch
For the longest time, I left this blog sink into oblivion. I was burned out on books reviews. Today, I am ready to continue this blogging adventure. To avoid burn-outs, I will add some twists and changes to the previous format. I will talk of books that have impressed me, of movies that I believe are worth watching, and audio books that keep me on the edge of my seat while I am driving. I will not take into consideration titles inflated by the advertising machinery built by the big publishing corporations.
The first book I have chosen is The Shape of Water by Andrea Camilleri. Art director, journalist and writer, Camilleri brought to his novels the sharp structure of movie scripts. I am not a fun of mysteries and thrillers. However, the books of Andrea Camilleri grabs the reader’s attention immediately. I could not put this story down until I read the last word on the last page.
Camilleri was (he died in 2021) the author of a long series of mysteries centered on the work of an Italian policeman: Inspector Montalbano. Often hindered by autocracy and corruption, short fused Montalbano tries is best to bring Mafia bosses and corrupt politicians to justice. The Inspector’s series has received much acclaim in Europe. A TV show continues to keep Montalbano’s fans glued to their screens. If you are curious and want to see this Italian policeman in action, you can access some of the shows on YouTube.
The Shape of Water is the first book in the series. The story is simple and brutal: Sicily, a famous, wealthy engineer is found dead at the wheel of his car. Parked in a secluded corner of a dilapidated property, where prostitutes and drug dealers meet every night to provide their services, the car reveals traces of an intimate encounter. Montalbano is called to solve this crime. In the end, the intrigue will involve more than one upper level Italian government official.
Written with a prose that is stringent and to the point, with deep love for Sicily and its people, this book provides an unforgettable profile of Mediterranean living. Incredibly appetizing Sicilian food descriptions and wine commentaries accompany this story and help the reader to feel rooted in the story. Camilleri treats with irony and compassion many of his characters, reserving a dry sarcasm for the villains du jour.
Note: the library has many of the titles on this series due to the generous donations of several Montalbano’s fans.
Posted on December 28, 2018 at 4:53 PM by Rosella Tesch
Long hiatus, for this blog. With the last entry dating August 2017. Feeling guilty, I deleted it. So, here we are, close to New Year’s Eve, and full of good intentions. Instead of writing about new books, today I will focus on some of the Chadron Public Library services, programs and activities.
Chadron Public Library is the residence of several clubs. All of them are open to everyone with an interest in the subject. All of them have much to offer: friendship, the thrill of an experience shared with others, the pleasure of learning something new.
The Craft Club meets every Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. in the Annex. Bring your project and be ready to share information about it with other crafters.
Knitting and Crocheting Club members get together on the second Saturday of each month at 2:30 p.m. You can come armed with your own needles or get a try to some donated irons. There is a bunch of material to choose from. Knitters and crotchetiers work on their own project or prepare little hats and blankets to donate to the Chadron Community Hospital. If you want to learn how to make cute mittens, a baby blanket or any other item, this is the place for you.
Book Club members meet every third Saturday of the month to discuss interesting titles. The readings are democratically chosen by all members once a year. Through the years, this formidable group has read more than 50 books. Coffee and treats are served during the event.