Summer is here and it is time to kick back and relax every chance you get. Time for barbecues and entertaining the kids, family and friends: how will you do it all? Open the door of your local Rapides Parish Library and find the answer.
The history of how Suite Francaise came to be, and survived, is probably more fascinating than the story itself. Suite Francaise was posthumously released in 2004 in France to high accolades, and released last year in the United States. It was translated into English from the French by Sandra Smith. It was written by Irene Nemirovsky in 1942. Irene Nemirovsky was a Russian Jew living in German-occupied France. These were the circumstances under which the book was written as well as the setting of the story.
Maggie Hayden, Lily Nugent, Jill Graham, and Louise Montgomery call themselves the Latte Girls and are a group of middle-aged friends who meet at a coffee club. When Lily's fiancé, Ron, aka Captain, calls Maggie to ask the group for help to calm Lily's pre-wedding jitters, they spring into action. They make plans for a getaway at Jill's vacation condo in Siesta Key, Florida. As an added influence, Maggie's favorite singing heartthrob, Donnie Osmond, is giving a benefit concert in nearby Sarasota, Florida. So with concert tickets in hand, off they go on a two-week beach vacation.
Inspirational fiction provides so many hours of reading pleasure for the customers of Rapides Parish library. Two authors that are "leading the field" here in Central Louisiana now are Karen Kingsbury and Tracie Peterson.
Trelease has just published a sixth edition of his classic work, The Read-Aloud Handbook. Studies could be quoted here about how exposure to reading aloud creates connections in the brain that enhance development and the capacity to learn. That is all true, but that is not what this book is about.
The Wednesday Wars is the tale of Holling Hoodhood, the only Presbyterian in seventh grade at Camillo Junior High.
Theodore Geisel was born on March 2, 1904, in Springfield, Massachusetts. To his friends and family he was simply known as Ted. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1925 and went on to Oxford University to obtain a doctorate in literature. Instead of completing his courses at Oxford, Ted married his sweetheart, Helen Palmer and they returned to the States.