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Louisiana Saves the Library by Emily Beck Cogburn
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Recommended for: Anyone tired of dark, depressing tomes.

Like apple pie after fried chicken, Louisiana Saves the Library by Emily Beck Cogburn is the perfect finish to satisfy a hungry reader. This is no deeply introspective, brooding foray into the existential that engages mind, body, and soul; rather, it is a light romp to lift the spirit.

Good formula writing puts the brain on cruise control and the reader gets to enjoy the scenery in good company--the best of road trips. Ms. Cogburn follows the rules: Female divorcee, hesitant to form relationship, faces economic downturn and prevails, meeting nice guy along the way and develops a friendship that escalates quickly. It's a one-night read and makes for pleasant dreams afterwards. The dialogue is snappy, the characters are well-drawn, and the run-down library that heroine Louisiana Richardson brings to life is painted in true colors.

As a librarian in a small town, I have lived a bit of the plot of Ms. Cogburn's book and find most of it on target. I get a little miffed with her library-school disdain for librarians who use the Library of Congress as their go-to authority for cataloging, but, still, she knows the library world and presents it from a top-down persepective that resonates with my bottom-up view. Mrs. Gunderson, the Bad Council Person who tries to take down the library, is a little overdrawn, as is Foley Hatfield--"Mr. Foley," the library director--and the relationship between the director and his assistant seems a little gratuitous, a nod to current plot lines; nonetheless, the caricatures work and save this short novel from multiple added pages for character development. Ms. Cogburn focuses on Louisiana and her friends and takes us into the heart of the best of what a small town can be, what any town could be, when people come together to care for people.

It's a quick read, a good read, and one you shouldn't miss.

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February 23, 2016 – Finished Reading
February 27, 2016 – Shelved
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