Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

December 12, 2013

FOL carries on tradition at next meeting


CROSSVILLE — What do Pat Conroy, Markus Zusak and Ann Patchett have in common? They are best selling authors whose newest books, The Death of Santini, The Book Thief and This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage, will be reviewed at the next Friends of the Library meeting.

It’s tradition to have FOL members review books at the first meeting of the year, and on Thursday, Jan. 2, Dick Buxbaum, Bill Frey and Joyce Baur will try to convince everyone why their selection is the book they should start reading to celebrate the new year.

Buxbaum has been a fan of Conroy’s for decades, and this latest memoir gives details about Conroy’s tumultuous relationship with his military father, much of which is only inferred from his novels.

Frey chose The Book Thief so he could see how closely the movie, now showing at Rocky Top 10, follows the book.

Baur loves everything Patchett has ever written and says this new book is a compilation of nonfiction essays she has written. She plans to concentrate on the first essay, which is a story of Patchett’s own happy marriage, “which does not end in divorce, but every single thing about it starts there.”

The Friends of the Art Circle Public Library meet in the large Cumberland Room on the first Thursday of the month (except July and August) at 9:30 a.m. for food and socialization with a program at 10 a.m. and a brief business meeting following. Everyone is invited to attend their programs and join their group.

The Friends of the Library operates an ongoing book sale in the library staffed by volunteers, as well as two book sales a year and a holiday “bling” sale. Proceeds go towards purchase of new books and to enhance programs for children and youth throughout the year. Alta Rowell is president of the Friends of the Library.