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How Did it Get so Late so Soon? How the Time Has Flewn! Just in Time for Some Brand New Adult Fiction At JCPL!

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June is a great month to visit your local branch of the Jasper County Public Library, too, because there are so many special events to look forward to and SO MANY new books to read, including these new adult fiction titles!

By the time the year 2013 is over, we’ll look back on whatever momentous occasions happened in the month of June.

Birthdays, historical events and special occasions aplenty, I’m sure, will have happened and be chronicled in the “June 2013 ‘special events’ category.”

For now, though, we have only events of the past to celebrate in the month of June, so here we go!

On June 12, 1839, we can celebrate the birthday of the all-American sport we all love so much; baseball! Lots of famous folks were born in June, as well, and they include Donald Duck on June 9, 1934; authors, Maurice Sendak on June 10, Eric Carle on June 25 and Charlotte Zolotow on June 26, as well as Chris Van Allsburg on June 18; and everyone’s birthday was made more special on June 27, 1859 when the melody for the celebratory tune of “Happy Birthday” came to be!

June is a great month to visit your local branch of the Jasper County Public Library, too, because there are so many special events to look forward to and SO MANY new books to read, including these new adult fiction titles!

Two sisters, Marnie and Nelly, have been left on their own after the brutal and tragically mysterious death of their parents. The two girls try to fly under the radar of suspicion of the local authorities, living alone in Glasgow’s Hazlehurst housing estate, until Marnie can become a legal guardian of Nelly, the younger of the two. Narrated alternately by both girls, “The Death of Bees” by Lisa O’Donnell, tells the story of these two sisters with precision and sympathy for both characters.

History comes to life in the fictional account of the relationship between Mary Todd Lincoln and her personal dressmaker, Elizabeth Keckley. This former slave earned a reputation for outfitting the rich and famous by sewing for the elite of Washington, D.C. and found favor with the Lincoln family by becoming responsible for creating the beautiful attire for First Lady, Mary Todd Lincoln. As Keckley tailored dress after dress for the First Lady, she saved scraps of fabric and the memories as well, eventually piecing together a memoir that created a huge scandal, driving a wedge between Mary Todd Lincoln and herself in the process in “Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker” by Jennifer Chiaverini.

The unexpected death of her father brings Meg Cole back to Whispering Creek Ranch in Texas. Because she is majority shareholder of his oil company, Meg has many decisions to make as she takes control of the reins of his empire. The first thing on her list to erase from her late father’s estate is his thoroughbred racehorse farm, but the farm’s manager, Bo Porter, resents the intrusion in “Undeniably Yours,” book number one in ‘A Porter Family Series’ by Becky Wade.

Set on a vividly colorful and lushly tropical island in the Indian Ocean, “As Sweet as Honey” by Indira Ganesan chronicles the story of a family that struggles with all of the daily things all other families struggle with; love, loss, tragedy and triumph. This novel celebrates each member of the family, both immediate and extended, and expresses both Eastern and Western ideas of family, duty and loyalty within its pages.

In Fulton, North Carolina stands Pine Haven Estates, a retirement facility that is home to many of Fulton’s older citizens. Among the folks who care for these mature adults are two staff members, Joanna, a hospice volunteer who sees to it that folks on their way out achieve “good deaths,” and C.J., a young mother who runs the Pine Haven Estates beauty shop. Each character is connected to the next and their lives intersect, along with many of their pasts and presents, and even their deaths, in “Life After Life” by Jill McCorkle.

Thinking back to the month of January and feeling like June was just too far away to even consider, I have to agree with the late, great Dr. Seuss when he said, “How did it get so late so soon? It’s night before it’s afternoon. December is here before it’s June. My goodness, how the time has flewn! How did it get so late so soon?”