Sold on a Monday by Kristina McMorris is the OSL Library committee’s selection for the Winter One Church One Read title.
“Two Children for Sale.” The sign is a last resort. It sits on a farmhouse porch in 1931, but could be found anywhere in an era of breadlines, bank runs, and broken dreams. Any mother facing impossible choices could have written it.
For struggling reporter Ellis Reed, the gut-wrenching scene evokes memories of his family’s dark past. He snaps a photograph of the children, not meant for publication, but when it leads to his big break, the consequences are more devastating than he ever imagined.
At the paper, Lillian Palmer is haunted by her role in all that happened. She is far too familiar with the heartbreak of children deemed unwanted. As the bonds of motherhood are tested, she and Ellis must decide how much they are willing to risk to mend a fractured family.
Inspired by an actual newspaper photograph that stunned the nation, Sold on a Monday is a powerful novel of love, redemption, and the unexpected paths that bring us home.
Copies of the book are available for checkout in the Library; the discussion will be at 10:00 a.m. on March 24 in the Conference Room.
Second Saturday Movie
This month’s feature, on February 9, will be Lion, the true story of survival and triumph against incredible odds. When Saroo Brierley used Google Earth to find his long-lost hometown half a world away, he made global headlines. Saroo had become lost on a train in India at the age of five. Not knowing the name of his family or where he was from, Saroo survived for weeks on the streets of Kolkata before being taken into an orphanage and adopted by a couple in Australia.
Despite being happy in his new family, Saroo always wondered about his origins. When he was a young man, the advent of Google Earth led him to pour over satellite images of India for landmarks he recognized. One day, after years of searching, he miraculously found what he was looking for and set off on a journey to find his mother.
Make a day of it with the movie at 2:30 in the Holy Word Theatre, followed by worship at 5:00 in the Sanctuary, and dinner afterward in The Gathering Place!
Monthly Book Club for Adults
The Book Club for Adults meets at 7:00 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month in the OSL Library to discuss that month’s book. The February 28 selection will be Fear by Bob Woodward.
With authoritative reporting honed through eight presidencies from Nixon to Obama, Woodward reveals in unprecedented detail the harrowing life inside President Donald Trump’s White House and precisely how he makes decisions on major foreign and domestic policies. Woodward draws from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand sources, meeting notes, personal diaries, files, and documents. The focus is on the explosive debates and the decision-making in the Oval Office, the Situation Room, Air Force One and the White House residence. Fear is the most intimate portrait of a sitting president ever published during the president’s first years in office.
Join this exciting community of readers! A list of 2019 selections is available in the OSL Library.
Warm up with a Good Book!
Be sure to visit the snow and winter book and movie displays in the OSL Library. To make your selection easy, a large number of items are on separate displays, one for children and youth and one for adults.
Sunday 8:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Monday 9:00 a.m.–noon
Tuesday 9:00 a.m.–noon
Wednesday 9:00 a.m.–7:30 p.m.
Thursday 9:00 a.m.–noon
2nd Saturday of the month 10:00 a.m.–noon and 4:30–6:30 p.m.
New for Adults
The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore. The Curies’ newly discovered element of radium makes gleaming headlines across the nation as the fresh face of beauty, and wonder drug of the medical community.
Meanwhile, hundreds of girls toil amidst the glowing dust of the radium-dial factories. The glittering chemical covers their bodies from head to toe; they light up the night like industrious fireflies. With such a coveted job, these “shining girls” are the luckiest alive—until they begin to fall mysteriously ill.
The factories that once offered excellent opportunities are now ignoring all claims of the gruesome side effects, and the women’s cries of corruption. As the fatal poison of the radium takes hold, the brave shining girls find themselves embroiled in one of the biggest scandals of America’s early 20th century, and in a groundbreaking battle for workers’ rights that will echo for centuries to come.
The Radium Girls fully illuminates the inspiring young women’s courage and tenacity that led to life-changing regulations, research into nuclear bombing, and ultimately saved hundreds of thousands of lives.
Additional New Titles for Adults
• Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
• Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be by Rachel Hollis
• The Storyteller’s Secret by Sejal Badani
New for Middle- and High-School Youth
I Am Alfonso Jones by Tony Medina. Alfonso Jones can’t wait to play the role of Hamlet in his school’s hip-hop rendition of the classic Shakespearean play. He also wants to let his best friend, Danetta, know how he really feels about her. However, as he is buying his first suit, an off-duty police officer mistakes a clothes hanger for a gun, and he shoots Alfonso.
When Alfonso wakes up in the afterlife, he’s on a ghost train guided by well-known victims of police shootings, who teach him what he needs to know about this subterranean spiritual world. Meanwhile, Alfonso’s family and friends struggle with their grief and seek justice for Alfonso in the streets. As they confront their new realities, both Alfonso and those he loves realize the work that lies ahead in the fight for justice.
In the first graphic novel for young readers to focus on police brutality and the Black Lives Matter movement, as in Hamlet, the dead shall speak—and the living yield even more surprises.
Additional New Titles for Middle- and High-School
• The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart
• The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani
• Henchgirl by Kristen Gudsnuk
New Chapter, Early Reader, and Picture Books
How the Crayons Saved the Rainbow by Monica Sweeney. The sun and the clouds are best friends. Together they keep the world warm, the gardens growing, and the sky full of beautiful rainbows. One day they get into a fight and refuse to be in the sky together, and that means there are no longer any rainbows. Without rainbows, the colors start disappearing until Earth is left with no color…except for one little forgotten box of crayons in one little school desk.
Determined to save the rainbows and fix the sun and clouds’ friendship, the crayons draw rainbows all over town. Their attempts go unnoticed. Soon they realize that they’re going to have to do something big to get the attention of the former friends. So the crayons create the biggest rainbow they can, and hope it’s enough to bring color back to the world.
How the Crayons Saved the Rainbow teaches the importance of teamwork and perseverance through seven crayons with unique personalities and their desire to see the world in color.
Additional New Picture Books
• Ricky, the Rock That Couldn’t Roll by Jay Miletsky
• Winter Is Here by Kevin Henkes
New Early Reader Books
• Pete the Kitty and the Case of the Hiccups by James Dean
• Prince Fly Guy (Fly Guy #15) by Tedd Arnold
New Chapter Books
• The New Girl: The Extraordinarily Ordinary Life of Cassandra Jones by Tamara Hart Heiner
• Dragon Masters: Treasure of the Gold Dragon by Tracey West