Book recommendation: The Evening and the Morning

Title: The Evening and the Morning
Author: Ken Follett
Review by: Friends of Tualatin Library member Laura Baker

Follett is a powerful storyteller who is incredibly skilled at holding the reader’s attention and he definitely doesn’t disappoint in this story.” –Laura

Ken Follett became well known in the 1970s as a thriller writer with a string of international bestsellers, beginning with Eye of the Needle in 1978. His reputation as a thriller writer changed dramatically in 1989 with the publication of The Pillars of the Earth, a thousand-page historical epic focused on the decades-long construction of a cathedral in medieval England. The novel was an immense success and the first of three that described the gradual creation of the English town of Kingsbridge and the many people who played significant roles in its development.

The latest installment in the Kingsbridge series is The Evening and the Morning (September 2020, Viking), which is a prequel to The Pillars of the Earth. Set in the Dark Ages in England, it begins in 997 and ends 10 years later. It follows the adventures and struggles of a diverse set of characters in alternating story lines.

The novel begins with a Viking raid on the coastal town where the protagonist, Edgar, lives with his family. The raid results in the death of young Edgar’s true love and forces his family to move to Dreng’s Ferry, a small and insignificant hamlet where he begins to develop skill as a builder. Edgar meets and allies himself with Brother Aldred, a monk at the nearby priory, and together they overcome continuing obstacles to transform Dreng’s Ferry into a center of spiritual learning and commerce. Edgar eventually builds the bridge that gives the town its purpose and new name.

The other main story line involves Lady Ragna of Cherbourg, a French noblewoman who moves to England after her marriage to Wilfwulf, a local ealdorman. Her disastrous marriage brings her to the attention of the novel’s central villain, Wilfwulf’s brother Wynstan, a corrupt bishop obsessed with power and wealth. Wynstan stands between Edgar and Brother Aldred and their larger plans for the community, as well as between Edgar and Ragna and their relationship.

The Evening and the Morning continues to expand the story of the building of a civilization with its laws, structures and beliefs. The characters are memorable, the pace is swift, the story plenty absorbing with something dramatic happening in almost every chapter. Follett is a powerful storyteller who is incredibly skilled at holding the reader’s attention and he definitely doesn’t disappoint in this story. I was riveted by the action in the first chapter and remained so until the very last page. I hope this won’t be the last installment in the Kingsbridge series.

The Evening and the Morning is available from WCCLS in hardcover, e-book, downloadable audiobook, audiobook CD, and even Large Print!

Our annual meeting

Book sale volunteers needed

On Tuesday, the Friends held our annual meeting where we reviewed our business activities for last year and planned for this year. We’d like to share some of our accomplishments from last year with you.

  • The Friends resumed business operations while the library is closed by holding our Board and committee meetings via Zoom.
  • We suspended our online book sales in March, but due to some quick thinking and flexibility, our Amazon store was back open and selling in May. In fact, we sold 540 books and DVDs in 2020, which is not too far from our sales in previous years.
  • We launched Bag ‘O Books sales in the spring and fall, selling more than 160 total bags of books. This provided needed materials to the community and made progress on our mission of raising funds to support library programs.
  • We accepted donations of books from the community from August through November in coordination with library staff and based on Washington County safety guidelines. This kept material coming in for the Friends and supported those of you who might be doing some purging at home.
  • The Friends donated $500 to the library to support the Tween Reader program where local tweens can earn free books for reading aloud to a friend, family member, or family pet. For more information about this great program check out the Tween Readers page on the City’s website.

Big thanks to all who donated books, purchased bags of books, shopped our Amazon store, or joined the Friends.

Order Books@Home

AN UPDATE ON 11/13/2020…
THE FALL BAG O’BOOKS SALE HAS COME TO AN END. THANK YOU…
…TO ALL OF THE TUALATIN LIBRARY SUPPORTERS WHO BOUGHT BAGS OF BOOKS AND DVDs. WE HOPE YOU ENJOY THEM.
…AND TO OUR VOLUNTEERS WHO MADE IT HAPPEN.

Our normal bookselling operations are still closed, but the Friends are introducing another way to buy used books and DVDs. You can now order DVDs and books by the bag and pick them up at the library on Wednesdays from 10-11am or Saturdays from 10am-12pm outside the Community Room doors on the plaza.

Each bag holds an assortment of books or DVDs in a particular genre. Selection is random as we are not able to provide specific titles—that’s half the fun! Cost: $5.00 per bag.

The number of titles in each bag varies by genre. Here are the genres that are currently available:

  • Paperback fiction for adults (larger Trade size) 7 books in each bag
  • Paperback fiction ROMANCE, 15 books in each bag
  • Kids picture books (ages 2-5 yrs), 5 books in each bag
  • DVDs for kids (G rating), 7 in each bag
  • DVDs for families (PG & PG-13), 7 in each bag
  • DVDs for adults (PG-13 & R), 7 in each bag

 

Book donations to the Friends

AN UPDATE ON 11/17/20 …
IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE GOVERNOR’S ORDERS, THE FRIENDS ARE PAUSING THE ACCEPTANCE OF BOOK AND MEDIA DONATIONS. WHEN IT’S SAFE, WE’LL ANNOUNCE THE RESUMPTION OF THIS PROGRAM HERE AND ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE.

The Friends of the Tualatin Library are now accepting donations of good, used books on a limited basis.  Donations are by appointment only two mornings each week (Wednesdays and Saturdays) and limited to 2 medium-size boxes. To donate, email your contact information to donatebooks@friendsoftualatinlibrary.org and a volunteer will contact you.

Donations are 30 minute time slots and by appointment only on Wednesdays from 10-11 am and Saturdays from 10 am-12 pm.

There is a limit of TWO MEDIUM SIZED BOXES per appointment. You will be asked to pack your items into two provided boxes and take your own boxes or bags with you. Patrons may schedule more than one appointment to donate additional material.

We cannot accept:
Books in poor condition (musty, moldy, smoky, broken spines or covers)
Encyclopedia sets and dictionaries
Reader’s Digest condensed books
Textbooks and travel books more than 10 years old
VHS tapes
Cassette tapes
Magazines

Book recommendation

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek
Title
: The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek
Author: Kim Michelle Richardson
Review by: Friends of Tualatin Library member Eleanore Mickus

A New York Times Bestseller!

“For me, this book will be unforgettable for a long time. It was so engrossing that I am going to read more books by this author.” –Eleanore


The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek
is a historical fiction about an unusual group of librarians in the 1930’s who deliver books and other reading materials by horseback to the hill folk of Kentucky. They were part of the Kentucky Pack Horse Library Project implemented by the WPA. The town of Troublesome Creek has Cussy Mary Carter and her mule, Junia, delivering reading materials to people who could not get them any other way.

Our Book Woman, Cussy, known to the locals as Bluet, has a rare genetic disorder unique to the people of her area. The disorder, methemoglobinemia, causes them to have blue colored skin. Because of her blue skin, Cussy experiences much prejudice and discrimination. But, she is so intent on bringing books into the lives of the people, she is willing to put herself in cruel and dangerous situations to deliver them.

We learn of the horrible poverty and hunger that most suffer and as a result another disease I have not heard of in years, pellagra. Cussy’s father, and many of the men around the town of Troublesome Creek, work in the dangerous, dirty coal mines but have no other way to earn a living there. We learn of the union that tried to get better working conditions for these miners and the isolation that families experienced living in the hills.

There were uplifting parts in this story of Cussy’s patrons and their desire to read and share information like recipes and patterns. Cussy would put together a journal with articles from the newspaper and magazines to fill in for the scarcity of donated books. We also learn of a few of the patrons who took steps to advance themselves through study and looking for more work opportunities outside of Troublesome Creek.

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek is available through WCCLS in book, large print, eBook, audiobook, and book club kit formats. We invite you to place a hold.