This is such a fun display idea, I had to share it! You can have a blind date with a book this week at my library.
This is how it works--and it seems to be quite popular. I am not sure if our patrons are reading the books? Perhaps, if they find a good match. But they seem to be intrigued by the idea and the mystery books are in demand judging by the empty little display stands.
I gave a few suggestions, but I can't tell if they have been 'selected' or the poor books are the 'wallflowers' of the table. Best not investigate too closely. It seems to be a theme in my life sometimes.
I'm making good progress on my Valentine's Day stitching project. I don't think I will have a finished piece by next week, but I think I might at least be finished with the stitching this weekend. Wallflower or not, I will at least not have a Charlie Brown February 14th since I have made my own Valentine! Sometimes you just have to take the initiative, right? Maybe I will even treat myself to a book . . .
I can count this as a bookish Valentine since my February NYRB has arrived just in time. This month's selection is a new translation of Guy de Maupassant's Like Death. Not the most romantic of titles perhaps? Here's what it's about:
"Olivier Bertin is at the height of his career as a painter. After making his name with his Cleopatra, he went on to establish himself as 'the chosen painter of the Parisiennes, the most adroit and ingenious artist to reveal their grace, their figures, and their souls.' And though his hair may be white, he remains a handsome, vigorous, and engaging bachelor, a prized guest at every table and salon."
"Anne, the comtesse de Guilleroy, is a youthful forty, the wife of a busy politician. The painter and the comtesse have been lovers for many years. Anne’s daughter, Annette—the spitting image of her mother in her lovely youth—has finished her schooling and is returning to Paris. Her parents are putting together an excellent match. Everything is as it should be—until the painter and comtesse are each seized by an agonizing suspicion, like death..."
Maybe it is just the thing for Valentine's Day reading as it is a "finely shaded portrait of desire, will, and the complex entanglements of love, set against cutting social commentary from a realist master" (Kirkus gave it a starred review). So, are you reading or crafting (or blind dating!) anything special for this Valentine's Day?