If you’re a fan of big, explosive, action-packed blockbusters, skip to the next post.
One the huge perks of working in a library is the sheer number of books and movies I handle every day. I know I come across little gems I’d otherwise overlook if I were simply spending a precious few minutes browsing the library, bookstore or video store shelves once a week or so (like all those other people with non-library jobs). Last week, I was shelving new dvds and came across the title Dirty Filthy Love. (You’d look twice, too, I’ll bet). Michael Sheen of The Queen, and 30 Rock fame, plays a man whose Tourette Syndrome and severe OCD cause him to lose his wife, his job, and his control over his life until a support group and understanding woman show him that he is much more than his physical condition. I loved this 2005 film. I could have so easily missed it. You can thank me later.
Ok, so the other small beauty I plucked from reshelving would probably have come to my attention eventually. William Trevor’s Love in Summer was published in 2009. Having read an earlier Trevor book, I grabbed it without hesitation. Turns out, my instincts were dead on. His newest book, in the words of one reviewer “is a delicate sort of drama — there is no corpse in the basement, no bomb lies hidden in any drawer…” (I warned you at the beginning), but its heartbreaking story is memorable in its delicacy.
It seems I always find what I’m not looking for. Just lucky, I guess.