What is the Librarian Reading? Kate’s recent reads.
Out Stealing Horses by Per Pettersen of Oslo, Norway. (2003) A book full of descriptors, the reader feels a part of this cabin in the forest story. For a translation, it is well done. I liked this book, I liked the character and his perspective on the golden years of his life. I liked the dog. An older Norwegian looks back on his life and remembers his parents, realizing that his father abandoned his family not just for the neighbor’s wife but because they were part of the resistance to the war and involved in an underground smuggling of refugees. It is a story of loss and survival, and of becoming a man in spite of it all.
Indian Creek Chronicles by Pete Fromm (1993) Another cabin in the woods story but this cabin is a wall tent in the Bitterroot Wilderness Area on the Montana/Idaho border along the Selway River. A Missoula college student from back East gets a job protecting Salmon eggs in the wilderness for the National Park Service. He takes the job, knowing he will be snowed in for seven months cut off from friends, family, grocery stores and college life. Again there is a likeable dog. Not only must he survive the cold and snow, he must fill up his days with tasks in order to stay sane in his solitude. This is a great book for anyone who thinks they would like to spend a winter in the west in a tent in the woods. I loved that he took the Foxfire books to his camp and actually used them to make his moccasins. It was a good thing that he was a young man, he seemed to take on a great many arduous tasks.
The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister (2007) What a wonderful book, what a nice surprise. This is a story of a cooking school taught by the mysterious and sensual Lily who learned to cook as a child while her mother sat and read book after book. The story includes glimpses into the lives of the people who show up to take Lily’s cooking class. The classes are held in Lily’s restaurant which is closed on Monday nights. The foods are prepared as a class with a sensuous reverence usually reserved for bodies colliding. The participants all bring baggage which must be dealt with as they form a cohesive group. After class they all sit down to eat together, becoming friends that last. I will read this again and again I liked it so much.