The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is part biography, part science writing. It was published in 2010 and garnered an array of awards. Henrietta Lacks was a young vivacious African-American tobacco farmer, a mother of five, who died in poverty in 1951 and was buried in an unmarked grave.
Meet Me at the Museum, a novel in the form of letters, published in 2018. It was Anne Youngson’s first novel. Written when she was already 73 years old, it became an international bestseller – so for those of you out there with literary ambitions, it’s never too late!
Raymond Chandler started writing after being sacked from his position as a top executive in an oil company for drunkenness and failing to turn up for work. His first stories were published in the 1930s in the pulp magazine Black Mask. In his own words, ‘I spent five months over an 18,000 word novelette and sold it for $180. After that I never looked back, although I had a good many uneasy periods looking forward.’ We have five of his novels in the library.
When we took over the library from the Fife Cultural Trust in 2017 we found the vast majority of books were by British and American writers and have since made a point of adding titles in translation – most of these are fiction but we welcome non-fiction as well.
The Sisters of Auschwitz falls into that category, having appeared first in Dutch as 't Hooge Nest' – The High Nest being the name of the house where two Jewish sisters, at enormous risk to themselves, hid people fleeing from the Nazis during the Occupation. The main focus of the book is their resistance work – only the last part relates to the time they spent in Auschwitz after they were captured.
There is a whole new collection of beautiful craft items made by the Pittenweem Community Crafts group on sale in the Library throughout August.