Saturday, May 27, 2017

This week's Woodbine Books choices

Book of the week:

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine (Gail Honeyman)

No one has ever told Eleanor that life should be better than fine.

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy.

But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kinds of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living. And it is Raymond’s big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one.

Smart, warm, uplifting, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine is the story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes. . . The only way to survive is to open your heart.

Something Different:

As this week is Kildare Biodiversity Week, we decided to feature a book that we've just got in. It is a childrens book telling the story of a group of earthworms that work together to fight problems with their local environment and is an allegory showing how the least of us are vital to the normal functioning of our society and the importance of the smallest contribution to our overall welfare.

The Worms That Saved The World (Kevin Doyle / Spark Deeley

The Worms That Saved The World is an illustrated children’s book about a rebellious group of earthworms who fight to save their home from a luxury golf course. The story was inspired by a famous campaign that took place at the Old Head of Kinsale in Cork, Ireland at the turn of the millennium.