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To whom it may concern, I begin…again

by LaVonne Limpus-Jurack, non-fiction librarian

 

This week’s blog is all about new beginnings, a theme catalyzed by a Facebook meme that said something like, “fall is a wonderful time to see the beauty in endings.” The picture: fall foliage. The seasonal leaves have turned every shade of color like crayons in a box. There is hope in this beautiful ending, or so suggests the meme. As the last leaves fall they will change the season and usher in something new with majestic ease. (Picture the leaf softly floating to the ground). This, however, has not been my experience with new beginnings. They often come after crisis, trauma, shock and harsh revelations. As do the new beginnings in the following novels. 

Joan Didion’s, “A Year of Magical Thinking” is perfectly described as “an intensely personal yet universal experience.” Didion explores life after the loss of her husband and the extreme illness of her daughter, which coincide almost simultaneously. The authors account of “beginning again,” after 40 years of marriage and the tenuous emotional courage needed to survive significant loss, breaks all of her preconceived notions of death and grief. It will also touch on a rare subject that comes up in the course of grieving for many; that beginnings will sometimes remind us about the superficiality of sanity. The book reminds us that like birth, death is a natural experience and can often be a labor intensive but somehow spiritual event even for non-believers.

“Wild,” a book by Cheryl Strayed, is new to my list of most recommended books to family and friends. The cover, a well-used hiking boot and the tagline, “From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail” have garnered the attention of patrons looking for adventure. Like the previous author, Strayed thought she had hit bottom- had lost everything. Her mother had died, her marriage had failed. With nothing more to lose Strayed begins an 1,100-mile trek across the Pacific Crest Trail. You may have seen the movie made from this biography featuring the talented Reese Witherspoon. Still, the capable writing of the author makes you feel like you are on this tumultuous journey right along with her. Through insurmountable odds Strayed finds that the challenges on the trail, including bears, snakes and snowstorms, embolden her to face the future rather than wear her down. At journey’s end Strayed finds her new beginnings began sooner than she had realized, at the trailhead, not at the end where she had expected to find them. 

For more magical musings, proliferative literate “blather” and creative script from the Library staff see us at: www.lewistownlibrary.org and click on “Library Connect.” 

The Book Station

Join us Wednesday, Oct. 12 from 2-4 p.m. for our next book sale. Watch for the special October deal on cookbooks.

 

New to Non Fiction at your library

“Love Warrior” by Glennon Doyle Melton; “Born to Run” by Bruce Springsteen; “The Six: The Lives of the Mitford Sisters” by Laura Thompson; “A Beautiful Mess, Happy Handmade Home” by Elsie Lenson; “Killing the Rising Sun: How American Vanquished WWll Japan” by Bill O’Reilly; “White Trash: The 400 Year Untold History of Class in America” by Nancy Isenberg.

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