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Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

Book Review by Ali Kim

Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

  • Named to the 2013 National Book Award Longlist
  • A 2014 Stonewall Honor Book

In his follow-up to the New York Times bestselling Every Day, David Levithan, co-author of bestsellers Will Grayson, Will Grayson and Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, tells the based-on-true-events story of Harry and Craig, two 17-year-olds who are about to take part in a 32-hour marathon of kissing to set a new Guinness World Record—all of which is narrated by a Greek Chorus of the generation of gay men lost to AIDS. While the two increasingly dehydrated and sleep-deprived boys are locking lips, they become a focal point in the lives of other teen boys dealing with languishing long-term relationships, coming out, navigating gender identity, and falling deeper into the digital rabbit hole of gay hookup sites—all while the kissing (former) couple tries to figure out their own feelings for each other.

This book is available for loan from the Lithgow Library Learning Centre.

 

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Paper daisies /​ Kim Kelly ; read by Rebecca Macauley and Johnny Carr.

A Talking Book review by Scotia Tracey

It’s December, 1900, and Berylda Jones is heading home to Bathurst for Christmas. Tragically, ‘home’ is where she and her beloved sister Greta live in terror, under the control of their sadistic Uncle Alec.

But Berylda has a plan, borne out of desperation, to free herself and Greta from Alec for good, if she can only find the courage to execute it.

Then, on New Year’s Eve, just as Alec tightens his grip on the sisters, a stranger arrives at their gate, Ben Wilberry, a botanist in search of a particular native wildflower, with his friend, the artist Cosmo Thompson. Ben is oblivious to what depravity lies beyond this threshold and what follows is a journey that will take him and Berylda, and Greta and Cosmo, out to the old gold rush town of Hill End in search of a means to cure evil and a solution to what seems an impossible situation.

Against the tumultuous backdrop of Australian Federation and the coming of the Women’s Vote, Paper Daisies is a story of what it means to find moral courage, of a crime that must be committed to see justice done and a sweet love that flourishes against the odds.

Talking book available at Lithgow Library Learning Centre.

Paper DAisies

 

Snow at the library

Winter at the library

 Winter has arrived and brings with it the perfect weather for activities to stay warm. Come to the library, it’s warm inside.  The library has great reading resources with books, newspapers, and magazines. You will also find DVDs to watch, music and talking books to listen to, as well as access to great online resources. Why not come into the warm and do the jigsaw puzzle, join our knitting or colouring groups and meet new people.  Members can also use the library computers free of charge. Don’t want to venture out into the cold.  Members can access the eBook collection by following the links on the library website.

Now is the perfect time to join the library.  Joining the library is free to all residents of the Lithgow local government area.  All you need to do is drop into the library during opening hours and register your details. Please bring proof of identification.

There is always something happening in the library so come in out of the cold and stay a while.

Snow at the library

The things we keep by Sally Hepworth

The things we keep /Sally Hepworth

Book Review By Sharon Lewis

Where do you send a family member with early onset Alzheimer’s disease? Nursing homes are for old people, so how do they cope with someone who should have more than half their life to live?  The things we keep is a thought provoking novel about Anna Forster, 38 years old and in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease.  Her family arranges for her to move into Rosalind House a small nursing home with another young resident living there.  Anna’s adjustment to living in the nursing home and her interactions with the staff and other residents, but Luke in particular, are beautifully told in a novel that is both unexpected and creative.

I really enjoyed not only the story but the way Sally Hepworth intertwined the stories of the nursing home employee’s lives and their personal histories with the residents of the home.  The story also tackles issues of relationships between residents of the home and the implications of young people in this type of relationship when they do not have full control of their mind.

A very powerful book, that is beautifully written and one that I couldn’t put down.

This book is available for loan from the Lithgow Library Learning Centre.

The Things We Keep