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"Henrik Vanger, an elderly Swedish industrialist, has long been receiving the same anonymous gift on his birthday: a single framed flower. He is convinced the series of flowers has something to do with his great-niece Harriet who vanished decades ago in mysterious circumstances when she was just 16." So begins the book "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" by Steig Larsson. For quite some time now there has been a lot of " buzz" about the trilogy of books by Stieg Larsson--" The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo", " The Girl Who Played with Fire," and "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest" so I decided it was time to read at least the first one.

I had a very hard time getting into this book. It was a best seller in Europe but sometimes things don't translate as well to the U.S. I had a hard time with the names and plot at first but just kept going. Now that I am almost done, I am liking it (although sometimes it is a little gruesome) and may have to read the other two books in the series. Larsson died in 2004, shortly after handing in the manuscripts for what will be his legacy. We have the series here at the library and they have been popular if you would like to give them a try.

Yesterday at the grocery store I found myself in total indecision in the vegetable aisle. Does that happen to you? Should I buy carrots or mushrooms, red onions or white onions? Obviously this is not a big life problem. In the scheme of things, it's somewhere between "that time my hands were cold" and "the day I learned the real words to the song I was singing wrong." This is also like when I read a book and pronounced a character's name a certain way in my head and then all of a sudden a movie comes out, or I hear the book read aloud, and I am shocked to think that is not what I was saying, in my head at all. Anyway, I am standing there at Willies pondering these things and realizing this little drama isn't the stuff of novels and headlines, I'm not marching for freedom or solving the world's problems. But not everything in life is a grand moment. Most of living is small, daily life, chores and routines and little choices. So just make that little choice to come to the library and check out a book and read it --even if you might not like it---you can quit and not read it---it's OK-really.

Closed next Monday for President's Day!!

See ya at the Library!