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5/14/2014 6:00:00 AM
THE BOOKSHELF: Oldie but goody at Palo Verde Valley District Library
Oldie but goody at Palo Verde Valley’s library
Oldie but goody at Palo Verde Valley’s library
Rosita Smith
Palo Verde District Library

Current bestsellers are not the only books that make good reading. The Palo Verde Valley Library has shelves and shelves of older books that are still popular with the reading public. One author, Nevada Barr, is best known for her Anna Pigeon character as a National Park Ranger. In a unique twist, Barr's Book, "The Rope" featuring Anna Pigeon is a flashback to the beginning when a tragedy sent Anna out west seeking something new. Now Nevada Barr finally tells the previously untold story of Anna's first foray into the wild, and the case that helped shape her into the ranger she became.

Thirty-five years old, fresh off the bus from New York City, and nursing a shattered heart, Anna Pigeon takes a decidedly unglamorous job as a seasonal employee of the Glen Canyon Recreational Area. On her day off she goes hiking into the woods, never to return. Her co-workers think she's simply moved on - her cabin was cleaned out and her things gone.

Anna, herself, wakes up, trapped at the bottom of a natural dry well, naked, without supplies and no clear memory of how she got into this situation. As she slowly pieces together her memory, it soon becomes clear that someone has trapped her there, in an inescapable prison, and that no one knows she is missing.

Anna finally outwits her jailer, but the cat and mouse game continues above ground in the crevices, the falls, and the toe holds that line the shore of Lake Powell. If readers are familiar with Lake Powell, the inlets, beaches, and falls Barr refers to in her book, The Rope, can be identified.

If unfamiliar with Barr's books, The Rope would be a good place to start. But all of Barr's books can stand alone - if the preference is to pick and choose. Barr's books can be found in the west wing of the library mid-way along the south wall. There are about 20 titles to choose from.

The Palo Verde Valley Library is in Blythe, California at the corner of Chanslorway and Broadway. The library opens at 10 a.m., daily and closes at 6 p.m. On Saturdays, the library opens at 10 a.m. and closes at 4 p.m. Sunday the library is closed.

There is parking at the rear of the library for safety and convenience.

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