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The Biblio File
February 14, 2022

Happy Valentine’s Day!  Have you ever gone on a blind date with a book?  What better day to try!

Choose an aisle in the library, decide left or right side, choose a row then grab the first book you find with a red spine.  That book is your blind date – you never know what you might find…a new favorite author or genre to love?  Today is the day!

Back When We Were Grownups by Anne Tyler was found on the floor this weekend – another interesting choice by our library ghost.

“Once upon a time, there was a woman who discovered that she had turned into the wrong person.

The woman is Rebecca Davitch, a fifty-three-year-old grandmother. Is she an impostor in her own life? she asks herself. Is it indeed her own life? Or is it someone else’s?

On the surface, Beck, as she is known to the Davitch clan, is outgoing, joyous, a natural celebrator. Giving parties is, after all, her vocation—something she slipped into even before finishing college, when Joe Davitch spotted her at an engagement party in his family’s crumbling nineteenth-century Baltimore row house, where giving parties was the family business. What caught his fancy was that she seemed to be having such a wonderful time. Soon this large-spirited older man, a divorcé with three little girls, swept her into his orbit, and before she knew it she was embracing his extended family plus a child of their own, and hosting endless parties in the ornate, high-ceilinged rooms of The Open Arms.

Now, some thirty years later, after presiding over a disastrous family picnic, Rebecca is caught un-awares by the question of who she really is. How she answers it—how she tries to recover her girlhood self, that dignified grownup she had once been—is the story told in this beguiling, funny, and deeply moving novel.”

A reminder that the library will be closed on Monday, February 21, 2022 for Louis Riel Day.