[MD-AtLarge] Meet the Author: Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
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You are cordially invited to attend the Friends annual meeting on Saturday,
October 22 at 10 am. The meeting will be at LBPH, 415 Park Avenue,
Baltimore, MD. Help Friends recognize LBPH volunteers, learn about Friends
activities and meet our Maryland author, who lives in Montgomery County. If
you plan to attend, please call the library at 410-230-2424 and press 5 to
leave a message. Please call by October 14. We hope to have
transportation from Montgomery County. Be looking for further details.
It is not too late to read one of Naylor's books. She has written many
books for children and the young at heart. You might wish to explore the
Shiloh series, which is about a boy and his dog. Get in the holiday mood
early by reading A Shiloh Christmas. Naylor also wrote the Alice series,
which starts with Alice in third grade and follows her through the
experiences of life. There are 25 books in this series. Her most recent
novel, for adults, is After, about a 56-year old's first year as a widower.
One reviewer explained, "There aren't that many domestic dramas told from
the older middle-aged male viewpoint, and Naylor's story of Harry Gill, who
has lost his wife of 34 years to ovarian cancer, will appeal to readers of
both sexes with its warm, candid depiction of love, grief, and community.
Harry's goal is simple-'to survive the first year and show his grown
children how it's done.' He does that, even as he never denies his sadness.
He returns to work in his Maryland neighborhood outside D.C., deals with his
kids, hangs out at the local barbershop, fights off matchmakers, discovers
secrets about his wife (or does he?), and begins to fall in love again. The
appeal here is in the daily detail, as Harry mourns what he's lost, haunted
by the intimate memories he can't relive with anyone else. This is, above
all, a celebration of a happy marriage."
See you on October 22.
Sharon Maneki, President
National Federation of the Blind of Maryland
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