Salute to Librarians

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ALA Code of Best Practices

ALA Code of Best Practices

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Reading Group Month

October if National Reading Group Month.  Remember that each Regional Library System has book sets for loan.  Here is the link to a list.  Contact each system directly to borrow books.  http://libraries.ne.gov/mls/book-sets/regional-library-system-book-sets/

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Eight Childrens Libraries that make you wish you were a kid again

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Bittersweet by Colleen McCullough

Bittersweet is the story of two sets of twins who are half sisters (different mothers).  In order to escape their suffocating mother/step-mother, all four enroll in the local hospital nursing program in the late 1920′s in Australia.  We follow them over seven years, each one having a very different personality and approach to life.  There are ups and downs (hence the Bittersweet of the title), including the Great Depression. By the finish of the book, each is settled on their life pathway.

I looked forward to reading this book but was sadly disappointed.  It’s a slow read and I kept putting it down and then picking it back up later.  At times, I contemplated not finishing it at all.  The problem is that we don’t really get to know the four women and McCullough tells us rather than letting us into each character’s thoughts.  There is also way too much time spent on the local head of the hospital with political ambitions.  It really almost becomes his book because of the time spent on his story.  Additionally, there is a ton of time spent on the medical and political situation in Australia at this time.

I loved The Thorn Birds and The Ladies of Missalonghi but, in my opinion, Bittersweet is not McCullough’s best book.  I give it two stars out of five.

 

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