A Classic From the ’40s

Features Editor Karen Cernich, a regular contributor to MO Books, always has a book going. Currently, her nightstand is stacked with new books to review, and some old titles as well, many from years past.

Karen’s reading list has expanded because she’s taking part in the “9 Decades/9 Books” program sponsored by Washington Public Library. Readers are encouraged to read a book from each decade, beginning in the 1920’s, the decade the library was instituted. The program kicked off in May and ends November 30th so it’s not too late to sign up at the library and pick up your reading log.

Karen is enthusiastically embracing the program. It has encouraged her to read older books she missed out on. For the 1920’s, Karen turned to Agatha Christie, picking up a short story collection, each chapter only about 10 pages long. “It’s interesting to see how writing has changed over the years,” Karen said.

For the 1930’s, Karen will read “The Grapes of Wrath.” Her 1940’s pick takes her to Brooklyn for the classic “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.” Her other ideas for books include “The Remains of the Day,” for the 1980’s, and “Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret,” a children’s chapter book from the 1970’s that she wanted to reread because she’s been wondering if it would be age-appropriate for her daughter.

Karen uses Goggle to find titles from particular decades, but the library has a list too, she said. It’s not to late to join in the fun. A “Finisher’s Party” will be held in December for all who complete “9 Decades, 9 Books.” More on that later on the MO Books Blog.