8/7/2013 6:00:00 AM Reading group books available at the library
BLYTHE - Anyone can create a book club where several persons of like interest gather together to form a reading group that enjoys reading and discussing the plots, the writing and the authors' intended meanings from designated books.
We have several such groups here in Blythe that have shared with the library two recent books that have barely reached the bestseller book list, but that the club member felt were worthy of a good read.
The Son is a novel by Philipp Meyer who tells the tale of the first male child born in 1849 in the newly established Republic of Texas.
Eli McCullough is 13 years old when a marauding band of Comanche Indians murdered his mother and sister and took him captive. He quickly adapted to Indian ways, learning their language and their lifestyle.
Eli gets an Indian name and is adopted by the Indian chief and is waging war against the Indian enemies, including the white man. Disease, starvation and an overwhelming number of armed Americans eliminate the tribe, leaving Eli alone and confused, trying to carve for himself a place in the world in which he does not belong.
Eli's progeny multiply: Peter, who shares his father's drive and power; and Jeannie, Eli's great-grand daughter who fights to succeed in a man's world. The family eventually establishes in Texas, a far-reaching dynasty of power and wealth. But, like all empires, there are rifts and downfalls. How will it all end?
The Son is on the new fiction bookshelf under Meyer.
The second recommended book, Palisades Park, is authored by Alan Brennert. Here is a modern tale of growing up in the 1930s in the Palisades Amusement Park in New Jersey.
Seven-year-old Antoinette and her brother, Jack, help out at the stand where the family sells homemade french fries. The roar of the Cyclone roller coaster, the big salt water pool, and the high divers' stunts are constantly in the background.
But life moves on and the world intrudes. There's the great Depression. Pearl Harbor was bombed. Jack faces the perils of war. The family scatters. But, ultimately, the family gravitates back to the Palisades Park - until it was closed in 1971.
Bennert has once again transformed historical events into the irresistible fiction that has made his earlier books, Molaka'i and Honolulu into reading group favorites.
Palisades Park can be found on the Palo Verde Valley Library's new fiction shelf under Brennert.
As the weather stays hot, people try to stay indoors. The Palo Verde Valley Library is a great place to cool off. Gather up some books for reading at home, for the kids as well as the grown-ups. For the kids there are some tablets to play with. The Internet computers are always busy but you can make reservations at the checkout desk for a time that is convenient for you.
Library hours: Open at 10 each morning except Sunday. Closes at 6 each afternoon except Saturday. Closes at 4 on Saturday afternoon.