Shelf Life

Payson library loaning large with big-print books


by Carol Zebb

Payson Public Library has recently obtained 259 new, large-print books, purchased with money donated by the Library Friends of Payson. This brings the total number of large-print books in the library's collection to 1,800, including both fiction and non-fiction. Large-print editions are available for everyone, not just those with visual disabilities.

Terry's Top Ten

Adult fiction

"Empire Falls" Richard Russo: Russo demonstrates a peerless affinity for the human tragi/comedy. In this new novel, he extends ever further his claims on the small-town, blue-collar heart of the country. It is a social novel of panoramic ambition, yet at the same time, achingly personal. "Empire Falls" reveals our worst and best instincts, most appalling nightmares and simplest hopes, with all the vision, grace and humanity of truly epic storytelling.

"Big Cherry Holler" Adriana Trigiani: This is the extraordinary sequel to "Big Stone Gap." We are taken back to the mountain life that enchanted us in Trigiani's debut novel. This is the story of a marriage, revealing the deep secrets, power struggle, betrayal and unmet expectations that can exist between husband and wife. It also is the story of a community that must reinvent itself as it comes to grips with the decline of the coal mining industry.

"The Voyage of the Narwhal" Andrea Barrett: Part adventure narrative, part love story, this chronicle captures a crucial moment in the history of exploration, the mid-nineteenth century. Combining fact and fiction, Barrett focuses on Erasmus Darwin Wells, a scholar naturalist accompanying the expedition of the Narwhal.

Adult non-fiction

"Tasha Tudor Cookbook" Beloved children's author and illustrator Tasha Tudor has at last written her long-awaited cookbook. In words and the enchanting watercolors for which she is renowned, she shares the recipes she has gathered over a lifetime.

"Jacqueline du Pre', Her Life, Her Music, Her Legend" Elizabeth Wilson: For more than a decade, Jacqueline du Pre' performed the cello repertory with all of the best symphonic orchestras to standing-room-only houses around the world. During those years, she also recorded the entire cello literature. At the age of 27, Jackie was felled at the height of her career by multiple sclerosis. She died in 1987, leaving behind a rich musical legacy. An inspiring and edifying biography.

"The Gilded Dinosaur" Mark Jaffe: Could the answer to the history of life and proof of evolution be found in the fossils discovered in America? That was the question that two young paleontologists set out to answer. Among their most remarkable fossil discoveries are a bevy of dinosaurs.

Kids' corner

"Uptown" Bryan Collier: Uptown is Harlem, N.Y. From the sweet notes of the Boys' Choir of Harlem to the soft oranges of the sunset over the Hudson River, this uptown world is waiting for you to explore its many sounds, colors and moods.

"Jerome Camps Out" Eileen Christelow: Jerome Alligator and his friends are excited about spending a weekend fishing and hiking on the Swamp School Camping trip. If only they didn't have to share a tent with Buster Wormley, the class bully. Buster really knows how to put a cramp in camping.

"Bailey Goes Camping" Kevin Henkes: Bruce and Betty were going camping. Bailey had to stay home. "You're too little," said his brother. "You can go in a few years," said his sister. But Bailey didn't want to wait. With the help of Mama and Papa, Bailey went camping right where he was.

Henkes is the creator of 27 books for children. His caring stories make all of his books of special value to children.


"Flashdance" is the exhilarating story of Alex Owens, a fiery, determined and beautiful 18-year-old woman, who works as a welder by day and a dancer by night.

Looking Ahead

July 2 Camp Read-A-Lot, a free reading program for children ages 3 through elementary school, begins at the library. For information, call 474-5242, ext. 308.

Aug. 13 Payson's own Marguerite Nobel will be the guest speaker at the Library Friends of Payson's monthly meeting. For information, call Wilma Dalby at 472-7979.

Editor's note: Shelf Life, written by Library Friends of Payson member Carol Zebb, is a monthly column on library and Library Friends happenings. It appears in the Roundup the last Friday of every month, and features a list of the Payson Public Library's top-10 new releases selected by the library's director, Terry Morris. The Library Friends of Payson is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising money for the Payson Public Library and library services.

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