THE LIBRARY LOOKOUT COLUMN: A few reads thanks to BookPage

Published 11:20 am Tuesday, August 3, 2021

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If you’re like myself and the avid library users we adore, you’re always looking for your next great read.

This month, I’d like to highlight a resource that is always available at your fingertips through your local public library, BookPage, and like most library resources, is free.

Sara Hahn

We have copies available in print at all library locations, so grab one, browse and find your next great selection. Remember, you can check out materials in person with your library card, or online through the Libby app.

If you’re in need of a library card and aren’t able to make it into the library, you can apply online through our website and have your card delivered in the mail.

“The Personal Librarian” by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray, Historical Fiction

Two beloved novelists shed light on another notable partnership —between J.P. Morgan and his librarian, a captivating woman with a big secret.

Morgan’s librarian, a woman named Belle da Costa Greene, was one of the most important librarians in American history. She was also a Black woman who passed as white. Green’s father was the first Black graduate of Harvard College as well as a professor, diplomat and prominent racial justice activist.

Greene ran the Morgan Library for 43 years, first helping Morgan to amass an important collection of rare books and manuscripts and, after his death in 1913, transforming his private collection into a public resource.

“Such a Quiet Place” by Megan Miranda, Adult Fiction, Psychological Thriller

The setting of this story is in Hollow’s Edge, a crescent-shaped street dotted with 10 close-set homes and a community pool where residents gather for parties, kayaking or a stroll and chat in the evening air.

Fourteen months ago, 25-year-old Ruby Fletcher left the neighborhood to begin her 20-year prison sentence for murdering married couple Brandon and Fiona Truett, a conviction aided by speculation and testimony from her neighbors.

“This Is Your Mind on Plants” by Michael Pollan, Adult Nonfiction

Acclaimed writer Michael Pollan returns with his newest work which delves into the deep relationships that humans have with three mind-altering plants: opium, coffee and mescaline.

Readers will recognize Pollan’s thoughtful and scientific approach to the subject of psychedelic drugs and altered states of consciousness. This title is a blend of memoir, history and social commentary that illustrates Pollan’s ability to be both scientific and personal.

If one of these titles caught your eye, be sure to let a librarian know so that we can point you in the right direction in the stacks, or help you download the eBook or audiobook to your device through the Libby app.

If you’d like to read the full article with more reviews or browse the entire BookPage August issue, it is available for free in all library locations or digitally through our website. Enjoy your newest reads.

Currently Reading: “The Wife Who Knew Too Much” by Michele Campbell

Picture Book Highlight: “Shy Willow” by Cat Min

Sara Hahn is the children and youth services librarian at the Stanly County Public Library in Albemarle.