It looks like the film Philomena has been a big hit for our Library. Many of you have watched the DVD over the past months - some of you even twice! Once again a big thank you to Concetta for her excellent recommendation. Since this is so popular, perhaps the book club might like to pick it up in the future?
I've also received requests for two books that have arrived and are waiting for you at the Association. Thank you, Melissa for your inspiring ideas!
One book is the actual story The Lost Child of Philomena Lee: A Mother, Her Son, and a Fifty-Year Search by Martin Sixsmith. and the second one is called Philomena Lee – The Film Tie-In edition by Martin Sixsmith.Both books describe the real life story of Philomena Lee. When she fell pregnant as a teenager in Ireland in 1952, Philomena was sent to the convent at Roscrea in Co. Tipperary to be looked after as a fallen woman. She cared for her baby for three years until the Church took him from her and sold him, like countless others, to America for adoption. Coerced into signing a document promising never to attempt to see her child again, she nonetheless spent the next fifty years secretly searching for him, unaware that he was searching for her from across the Atlantic.
Philomena's son, renamed Michael Hess, grew up to be a top Washington lawyer and a leading Republican official in the Reagan and Bush administrations. But he had secrets to conceal. In the meantime, Philomena and her family contact the journalist Martin Sixsmith to help them trace this lost son. What happens next? It is a journey no one could have predicted... If you haven't watched the DVD yet, I encourage you to do so next time you're at the library!
Enjoy these last weeks of August and keep reading.
All the best from
Anna, Your Librarian