Choose a book for a parish title

Caddo Parish readers have voted Lynda Rutledge’s “West with Giraffes” for Shreve Memorial Library’s October “One Book One Parish” celebration, and I moved the novel to my reading list.

West with Giraffes is a novel inspired by the true story of two giraffes who made headlines and won the hearts of Great Depression-era America. It has received rave reviews since its release last year. The book follows Woodrow Wilson Nickel’s 12-day journey to deliver Southern California’s first giraffe to the San Diego Zoo. It’s part adventure, part historical saga and part coming-of-age love story.

Library patrons chose from three titles, with “West with Giraffes” narrowly beating Taylor Jenkins Reid’s “Evelyn Hugo’s Seven Husbands” and Tommy Orange’s “There”. Copies of “West with Giraffes” are available at checkout at Shreve Memorial locations, and the One Book One Parish show will be available at various locations in October. See for details.

Don’t Forget: Centennial Book Fair around the corner

As a book lover, it is my duty to remind you that the 35th Centennial Book Fair will be held in the College Fitness Center on September 9th from 4-9pm and September 10th from 9am-4pm. Book sales sponsored by volunteer Centennial College Muse raise funds for campus programs. The variety and quality of books are astounding – and not too expensive. Plus, it feels like a huge reunion of readers — people you know and people you want to meet. If you love books, don’t miss this sale.

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