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THE latest book reviews by staff members at Brechin Library are as follows:-

The Empty Nesters – Nina Bell: A group of friends who met at the school gate when their children were infants have now found themselves all in the position of having empty nests with all the children leaving home for university at the same time.

All the parents seem to hold different views regarding their new found freedom.

With Laura, mum of only child Jamie, wondering if she and her husband even have a relationship left, Clover who is used to having a houseful and always cooking and caring for others suddenly finding herself without a purpose to the Baxter’s who have sold up and took themselves off travelling.

The empty nests affect all the families in different ways some more surprising than others.

A good read especially if you already have an empty nest or may have children approaching the fledgling stage.

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet – Jamie Ford: The cover of this book states ‘The book a million people have fallen in love with’,” explains a member of the library staff. “This should now read ‘a million and one’ as I loved it.

“The book was awarded the 2010 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature and it is very deserving of this accolade. I found it to be beautifully written as it stepped back and forward between 1942 and 1986, Henry a Chinese American recalls his first love Keiko a Japanese American who, in the aftermath of Pearl Harbour, finds herself and her family persecuted for the actions of the people of Japan.

“The Japanese Americans of Seattle were all “evacuated” and sent to camps, many of them believing this would only be for the duration of the war therefore they left behind in storage at The Panama Hotel many of their most treasured possessions, decades later when the Hotel is being renovated these treasures are discovered.

“This is what opens Henry’s memory to his past and all the conflicts that it contained, between himself and his family and the people of Seattle.

“The book describes the some of the horrors that took place in 1940s America, some Chinese and Japanese traditions and ultimately a timeless love story, these elements combined make for a beautiful read.”

Dates for your diary: Brechin Library will be closed for The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Holiday on Tuesday, June 5 but will re-open again as usual at 10 am on Wednesday, June 6.

June 11 to 24 is “Make a Noise in libraries fortnight”, during which all Angus libraries will have displays of Talking Books and Large Print books to make reading more accessible for the blind and partially sighted.

June 12 is the day that the Olympic Torch is passing through Brechin and, to celebrate that significant event and Bookbug week, the library will be holding a special BookBug Rhymetime session with a sporty theme, at the usual time of 11 am.

June 29 sees the launch of this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, Storylab, for all children primary school age and under.

The aim is to read six books over the school holidays and receive a medal and a certificate on completion, along with activities, puzzles and competitions along the way. A few new titles by popular authors that will be making their way onto Angus Library shelves in the near future are as follows:- Mark Billingham – Rush of Blood, Barbara Taylor Bradford – Secrets from the past, Lee Child – A wanted man, Dorothy Koomson – A Rose Petal Beach, Kathy Reichs – Bones are forever and the much anticipated first adult non Harry Potter book from author JK Rowling – The casual vacancy.