Library Happenings

Coming of age, 

by Nancy Sackett, fiction librarian


Coming of age novels might evoke such classic titles as “To Kill a Mockingbird,” “A Tree grows in Brooklyn,” “Lord of the Flies,” or “The Outsiders.” The stories contain the point where childhood ends and the adult world is introduced, usually in a traumatic fashion. After living 50 or more years in the “adult world” - your nest is empty, your days are numbered and you reach a point where you can retire and relax, right? Wrong.

There is the point where you think you know how your life is going to turn out, but surprise, it doesn’t. I think it could be called a coming of age story, too. The Lewistown Public Library has many novels that deal with this kind of coming of age, and here are a few of my favorites.

“The Girl Next Door” by Ruth Rendell reunites some childhood friends because of a mysterious discovery. The writing is superb, and you will laugh and sigh, and recognize some of these people as your own childhood friends.

Grandchildren are such a blessing, but sometimes they can be a problem you didn’t anticipate. Read “Let Him Go” by Larry Watson and “The Second Half” by Lauraine Snelling for some thought provoking insight into grandparenthood.

“Perfume River” by Robert Olen Butler is new at the library, and it has some profound things to say about real courage, fathers and sons, war, loss and family.

Coming of age deals with loss, and when you have nothing left to lose except your dignity, you are forced to lose that, too. A new DVD titled “The Lady in the Van,” with the great actress Maggie Smith, is certainly worth watching.

The must read for folks of all ages is “The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey” by Walter Mosley. It really speaks to events you are seeing on the news every day. It was written in 2010, but remains topical and enlightening.

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New to Fiction

“Perfume River” by Robert Olen Butler; “Mischling” by Affinity Konar; “The Jealous Kind” by James Lee Burke; “Leave Me” by Gayle Forman; “Here I Am” by Jonathan Safran Foer; “Three Sisters, Three Queens” by Philippa Gregory; “Insidious” by Catherine Coulter; “The Risen” by Ron Rash; “Nutshell” by Ian McEwan; “Razor Girl” by Carl Hiaasen


Programs and events

Join us for “Bronte to the Future!,” by the Montana Repertory Theatre on Sunday, Oct. 9 at 3 p.m.


Board meeting

The board meeting is Oct. 13 at noon in the upstairs meeting room of the Library.


Story time

Story times will be held at 10:15 a.m. on June 10, 17 and 24.


The Book Station

The book station will be open Oct. 12 from 2-4 p.m.

Rides are available from Council on Aging with 24 hours notice (406) 535-7486.


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