Gilpin Library Footnotes

Larry Grieco, Librarian.   Good old Danielle Steel just keeps rolling along. In yet another new novel, A Perfect Life, she explores the lives of a mother, her blind daughter, and a dynamic caretaker who turns their world upside down. The main character is Blaise McCarthy, “an icon in the world of television news.” She has enjoyed long-term success but has secretly kept her teenage daughter, Salima, who was blinded by Type 1 diabetes in childhood, in a year-round boarding school.

When Salima’s school closes after a tragedy, the girl is sent home to her mother’s New York City apartment. With this big change in Blaise’s life comes a new caretaker for Salima, Simon Ward, who has strong opinions on nearly every topic and who “questions how mother and daughter view themselves and each other.”

Suddenly Blaise’s world begins to unravel when the network hires a beautiful young anchorwoman who is obviously being groomed to take Blaise’s place. Her once well-ordered life is now out of control, and Blaise feels her life is no longer perfect, “but real.” You probably don’t need me to tell you Danielle Steel has been writing best-selling novels since the beginning of time, and it has gained her the reputation as one of the world’s most popular authors.

Sandra Brown is also a popular author with over 80 million copies of her books in print worldwide. She writes complex, suspenseful thrillers that keep you on the edge of your seat. Her latest is called Mean Streak, and is about a woman, Emory Charbonneau, who disappears while running on a mountain road in North Carolina.

She is a medical doctor— a pediatrician, as well as a marathon runner. When she disappears she had just had a fight with her husband, Jeff. He doesn’t report her missing immediately, and when he finally does, the trail has grown cold. The police are somewhat suspicious of Jeff. Meanwhile Emory, suffering from a head injury, wakes up to find herself the prisoner of a man “whose violent past is so dark that he won’t even tell her his name.”

Complications arise when they have a “dangerous encounter” with people who seem to adhere to a code of justice all their own. A desperate young woman is involved, and Emory becomes protective of her. The police discover holes in her husband’s story and, with the FBI, close in on her captor, but Emory begins to wonder if he is in fact her rescuer from “those who wish her dead.”

Most of you are well aware we have quite a large collection of TV series on DVD format. Some are what might be called retrospective, and a newly added one fits that category to a tee.

I’m proud to announce we have just acquired the entire six-year run of Northern Exposure, “one of television’s truly fine series.”— TV Guide. If you watched this when it was new, you may want to revisit the town of Cicely, Alaska, home of some of the quirkiest characters in TV history.

At the center of it all is Dr. Joel Fleischman, played by Rob Morrow, who graduates from Columbia University’s medical school and expects to be paying back his scholarship by working in one of Alaska’s largest cities, but instead is assigned to a tiny Alaskan village “where the offbeat locals would love for him to stay forever.” There he meets Maggie (played by Janine Turner), a bush pilot, and the sparks begin to fly—is it love or hate?

There is also Chris (played by John Corbett), who runs the local radio station; Ed, a local native who is a budding shaman for his people as well as an amateur filmmaker; and a bunch of Cicely residents, each of whom exudes their own personal charm, making them pretty much irresistible. If you’ve never before watched Northern Exposure, you’re in for a real treat indeed.

Coming up on September 11 is the opening reception for an art show at the library that correlates with the Gilpin Art Studio Tour, an annual event that falls this year on the weekend of September 20 and 21.

At the library will be representative works of art, including 3-D pieces and jewelry, from the participating artists in the Tour, who each open up their studios to visitors during the weekend. You get to see where (some of) the art is created in Gilpin County, and meet the artists who produce it. We hope to see you at the reception on September 11, from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m.