Save Jack's letters
There are two primary types of library materials: those that are available for 'reference' and those that 'circulate'. Reference books are designed to be consulted for specific information rather than to be read completely and that is why they cannot be checked out. Examples of reference materials include stock guides, medical dictionaries and city directories. Materials that circulate include classic and popular fiction, information books, magazines and movies. The majority of library books are circulating and statistics are kept on which items circulate the most and which items circulate the least.
This brings me to my review.
If a book has not been checked out by anyone for a while, it needs to be re-evaluated. Would someone find it and check it out if it were moved to a new library? Should it be withdrawn from the collection to make room for something new? Such is the dilemma I was facing the other day, when a book that hadn't been checked out in a while ended up on my desk. I couldn't understand why nobody was reading this book; I immediately checked it out myself. After this review, maybe a few of you will check it out, too, and this enchanting book will stay in our library a little longer.
As Always, Jack: A Wartime Love Story by Emma Sweeney is shelved with the naval history books but it is really a collection of wooing letters from a young WWII era navy pilot commissioned in the South Pacific to his sweetheart who is living in Coronado, CA. Emma Sweeney, the daughter of the pilot, never had the chance to meet her father. His plane disappeared somewhere near Bermuda while he was on active duty, just days before Emma was born.
After the death of her mother thirty years later, Emma finds a bundle of letters neatly tied with a pink ribbon hidden in her mother's dresser drawer. This book is the result of what she found. To say that her father was charming beyond belief would be an understatement. And to discover that your parents had a fairy tale courtship is worth writing about. So I urge you to read Emma's father's letters.