By Jan Pease
Did you know that you can visit our library blog at http://litchlibrary.blogspot.com/ and read past blog entries that the library has posted? Why do I know this? Because I was looking back at my older essays to get some thoughts about this middle week in December. It isn’t Christmas yet, it’s too soon for January announcements, and the paper comes out on the 13th. This really doesn’t matter unless you are superstitious and it isn’t a Friday the 13th, anyway.
One of the blog entries was about books I was reading. What vanity to think people might be interested in that! But it’s so interesting! I think we’ll try that again.
Lately I’ve been reading Norwegian author Jo Nesbo, a suggestion from several patrons. I’ve read “The Bat,” “Cockroaches,” “Redbreast” and “Nemesis” and now will move on to “The Devil’s Star.” I read these pretty slowly and enjoy them immensely. Like the Swedish crime novels I’ve read, the atmosphere in these Norwegian novels is dark and wintry. The main character, Harry Hole, is flawed but he gets things right in the end.
“No Apparent Distress,” by Rachel Pearson is a timely look at her development as a doctor. She spent years taking care of patients who were poor and indigent. This might have resonated so much with me because I’ve been navigating the insurance system as an almost 65 year old person having to sometimes pay full price for insulin because my insurance doesn’t cover it.
Finally, I need to mention "A Life of Triumph: How a Girl With Cerebral Palsy Beat the Odds to Achieve Success." This book was written by Litchfield's own Duane Hickler. He halped Karen A. Gorr write her memoir about growing up with cerebral palsy and living in an institution during her early years. Karen eventually got her education and taught at the high school level for 20 years. She married, became a mother, and has been a successful advocate for people with mental and phyusical disabilities. I read the book on my Kindle. Unlike most of the books I mention, the library doesn't own this book, but it's easy to find at amazon.com.