Good afternoon campbellsworld visitors and book lovers one and all.
This afternoon in the Author’s Corner author David L. Faucheux has stopped in to share with us some of his thoughts on a book called, The Library Book by: Susan Orlean.
David is a magnificent writer and one of his many talents is not only reviewing but writing books so do read onward after his following offering to learn all about his most talented work.
Some of you reading this post will be aware of the DB-Review list where those reading books produced by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped post email reviews and comments. Recently, a list member reviewed The Library Book by Susan Orlean. I replied with the following:
John, you beat me to the proverbial biblio finish line. I read the book just before Christmas and have been busy and have not posted a review. I agree with everything said here. As someone with a library past, even an MLIS, I thought it was an excellent examination of the importance of libraries built around this terrible event. I was amazed that even in the 1980s a major library could be so under-funded, had wiring issues, that things just tottered along until tragedy struck. Luckily, no one died in this massive fire.
Orlean is an interesting writer. I could so relate to her trips to the library as a child with her mother and may attempt to email her with a brief note. While I don’t have her exact library memories, I recall trips in the car with my grandmother to the local post office to see what books had arrived for me. It was my library via mail.
Let me plead for the indulgence of the list as I’d like to end with a snip from something I wrote and self-published in summer of 2017 which might explain it better.
Through the Years: Books Read in July
Gessner, Lynne. To See a Witch (now out of print)
The Mesa Verde setting was unique for a young adult book of the late 1970s. The main character, a pre–Columbian boy thought childish by tribal elders, earns acceptance when he proves that a cousin has been falsely accused of witchcraft.
I suspect that I was just a bit old for this book, but I didn’t have mountains of books to choose from during the summers. I was glad to have something to read, as time stretched very long in the tiny country town where my family lived. I eagerly accompanied my grandmother to the local post office, in hopes I’d have some magical light green boxes containing cassette books. As I mentioned before, the boxes were called frogs. I’m not sure why. The box never looked like a frog to me, back when I could still look at either boxes or amphibians. Was the name merely due to their color?
I longed for an enrichment program to help me pass the summers, possibly studying French, sculpture, or yoga. I am not part of the generation of overscheduled children with helicopter parents. I’m glad I’m not, although a little aerodynamics might have been useful. Mine was the generation that knew better than to vociferously complain of summertime ennui. Activities would quickly be found for us: cutting grass, picking up fallen branches in the yard, folding clothes, washing dishes, or helping to mop and buff the terrazzo floors that were so popular when my parents and their friends were building their homes in the mid–1960s.
Terrazzo refers to a kind of floor that uses chips of marble, glass, or other aggregates embedded in tinted cement, which is then ground smooth and polished to a silky sheen. It was relatively inexpensive at that time, but has become rather costly. It is said to be one of the “greenest” of floors, helping to keep homes cool in summer and warm in winter. Its origins are traced to the Italian Renaissance.
I just caught This American Life on our local NPR station. Ira Glass was presenting an episode on libraries and referenced Orlean’s The Library Book as well. I must remember to send an email to him, explaining how much I enjoyed this program.
ABOUT DAVID AND HIS WORK…
Across Two Novembers: A Year in the Life of a Blind Bibliophile
David L. Faucheux
What the book is about:
Friends and family. Restaurants and recipes. Hobbies and history. TV programs the author loved when he could still see and music he enjoys. The schools he attended and the two university degrees he attained. The career that eluded him and the physical problems that challenge him. And books, books, books: over 230 of them quoted from or reviewed. All in all, an astonishing work of erudition and remembrance.
David L. Faucheux lives in Lafayette, Louisiana.
Full details: http://www.dldbooks.com/davidfaucheux/
This 510–page book was edited and produced by Leonore and David Dvorkin, of DLD Books. The beautiful cover, the author’s biography, and handy buying links are all on the website that is linked to above. The book is for sale in e–book and print editions from CreateSpace, Amazon, and Smashwords.
As of May 2018, Across Two Novembers has garnered 13 glowing reviews on Amazon, many of them from other authors. Go to the book on that site to read them all. Some of the reviews are also on David’s website.
May 2018: The author Peter Altschul sent the following comments to Leonore Dvorkin. He granted his kind permission to reproduce them here.
“I just finished David Faucheux’s Across Two Novembers. I enjoyed its quirkiness as it wound through a variety of topics, not least the intersection between blindness, chronic illness, food, and the Louisiana zeitgeist. I also enjoyed the editor’s notes.”
— Peter Altschul, author of the following two books:
1. Breaking Barriers: Working and Loving While Blind
2. Breaking It Down and Connecting the Dots: Creating Common Ground Where Contention Rules
Peter’s website: http://www.peteraltschul.com
And here’s another note from David:
According to this link, I was chosen as Library Journal’s 2018 Audiobook Reviewer of the Year.