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What's not to like ...

I had not thought to catalog books quite in the manner used by Jamie Canaves over at the Book Riot website.
I want to step gingerly around this subject for fear of setting her off in another direction, which is not at all what I intend. I do not want to be even collateral damage.
So, I offer her newest list of must-read books with no comment other than her own introduction.
The title of her piece is "100 Must-Read Books With Unlikeable Women."
I am not sure who must read these books.
I will not.
Here's what she has to say about them:
"Sometimes it honestly feels like a woman is unlikable just for breathing, which is why I welcome with open arms all the unlikable women flooding into publishing. They refuse to be boxed into the idea of what girls, women, mothers, sisters, and girlfriends should be. They refuse to smile through their problems, to not be a burden, to make the right decisions, to play nice. They are human. They are hot messes. They have mental illnesses, are addicts, are aggressive, violent, complicated, and flawed. They are many times products of abuse and/or gaslighting. Sometimes they are killers. Sometimes they are just unlikable. Many times I love them. I learn from them. They always remind me we are not a monolith. We are allowed to be flawed. If it’s not a man’s job to be liked it is not a woman’s."

Who reviews?

A friend of mine from another "life" won an award this past weekend for her criticism published in a smaller daily newspaper elsewhere in Texas.
I'm proud for her because there is so much competition in that circulation bracket.
I'm also proud of me because I hired her back many years ago, and then much later I moved on. She stayed put and has done well.
The pieces of criticism for which she won the award were almost assuredly movies and music and live entertainment. They were most assuredly not for book reviews.
That newspaper doesn't publish book reviews any more. In fact, most newspapers don't publish book reviews any more.
I wonder if there is a single daily newspaper in Texas that regularly publishes a book review page or pages.
Know of any? Let me know.

Exciting development

It doesn't take much to get us excited here in Wimberley. And even less at the library.
So, bear that in mind when I tell you that we have a food truck that's locating right across the street from us on RR 2325.
Our town doesn't  have many food trucks. In fact, up until now I think we have had just one. I'm not even sure when it is open.
This new food truck is called Pho 'licious. The early publicity indicates it will serve Asian, Cajun and Texan food, which sounds like a very interesting combination, indeed.
Rumor has it that the truck will be open for business Saturday.
I'll be happy to stand in line to see what's in store.

Come see our garden

If you're out and about this weekend, stop by the library and take a quick walkaround the property.
Thanks to area master gardeners, we have a spectacular Hill Country floral setting now.
Right outside our back door, we have a beautiful array of plants, ground-huggers and cloud-lovers.
And out back is a rich array of bluebonnets and friends.
Now may be the best time to see this array. Come see and we'll try to tell you what we have planted out there.

A shrinking demand

I've been circulation librarian for five years now, and in all that time I have had exactly one inquiry about our genealogy collection.
For most of that time we had several shelves set aside for genealogical research. The materials were never checked out and never looked at, at least while I was here.
So, a few months ago we went through the collection with local genealogists and pared the items down to bare necessities.
I'm not sure what that involved, but still no one asks for anything about genealogy.
That's with one exception: Ancestry.com. Some time ago we added a library version of Ancestry to our database offerings, which are free to patrons. The library version is not as robust as the one that you can subscribe to for several hundred dollars a year, but, again, our version is free of charge. Several people have asked about access to Ancestry through the library website.
Just a sign of changing times, I think.
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