This week, Tenaya Bannon, the local history librarian for the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library recommends two eccentric reads to grab as summer winds down.
'Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine,' by Gail Honeyman
It seems to be the heyday of quirky, somewhat damaged characters (hello, Ove), and Eleanor Oliphant is among the most compelling. Eleanor, a young woman who works “in an office” (at what? No one has ever bothered to ask), spends her weekends drinking and avoiding all human contact. She has a traumatic past that is revealed little bit by little bit, as a chance encounter leads her to open herself up to the possibility of romance and even perhaps friendship. Her childhood may have been marked by horror, but her future starts to look bright. Poignant and humorous.
'The Card Catalog: Books, Cards, and Literary Treasures,' by the Library of Congress
This beautiful, interesting volume combines fascinating information with compelling illustrations. Full of reproductions of works of art, pages from books, and the eponymous cards, it’s also an intriguing look at the way humans have tried to deal with ever-increasing amounts of information and how politics (no surprise) sometimes plays a role. Whether you read it through from front to back or keep it on your coffee table to dip in and out of, there’s a lot for any book or library lover to enjoy.