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Welcome to the Matthews Public Library's blog. This is our inaugural entry, and we are very excited to be able to introduce to you A Series Of (Un)Fortunate Reviews.
Library staff will use this space primarily to post reviews of books and movies we have read or watched; we may also post reviews of music or other library held materials about which we are currently excited. These reviews may take the shape of the written form in typed entries posted on the blogspace as well as the audio/visual form in uploaded video entries to youtube that we link to from this blog. This space online offers us myriad opportunities to interact and communicate with our community both at a local and global level. It also offers us the opportunity to stretch our creative muscles in writing and video.
We at the Matthews Library are very excited to communicate and interact with you about all things related to the library and books. We look forward to growing this new endeavor with your help.
And now I'd like to engage you in a discussion in answer to this question: What book(s) has had the most impact on your life and why?
To start off the discussion I'll share one of the books that had an immense impact on my life. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold is one of those books that stays with you long after you have finished reading it. It is creative. It is unique. It is haunting in both its subject matter and its writing. The novel is narrated by a fourteen year old dead girl named Suzy who has been brutally raped and murdered. Bones is not just her story, but also the story of her family and the aftermath of her disappearance. Ultimately, it is a novel that tells of one family's journey to healing in the face of tragedy. Sebold has a talent for hauntingly beautiful prose, and it has been a very (very) long wait for her follow up to Bones: The Almost Moon, which will be released in the coming weeks. I am also looking forward with great anticipation to the film adaptation of The Lovely Bones that has been undertaken by Peter Jackson, the man who brought Lord Of The Rings to the big screen.
Now you can post your own answer to the question "What book has had the most impact on your life and why?" by using the post comment feature at the bottom of this entry. We look forward to hearing from you.


Rosetta Stone said…
Hi Ms Angie! Have you ever read The Thanksgiving Visitor by Truman Capote? Every year when summer starts to fade into autumn I think about that book, well, a novella, really. Capote superbly captures the sights, sounds and smells of November in Mississippi in the 1930s. The story was written for adults but is also a beautiful book to read aloud to children and I return to it again and again to rediscover and relive the beauty that is to be found in the simples joys and pleasures that belong to November. Check it out!

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