2007-03-22 / Front Page

Reading scross Rhode Island book comes to Jamestown

Jamestown library Director Judy Bell and Pat LaRose with "Memory of Running." Jamestown library Director Judy Bell and Pat LaRose with "Memory of Running." The Jamestown library is participating in Reading Across Rhode Island 2007.

Librarian Pat LaRose delivered a copy of the book "The Memory of Running," by Ron McLarty on March 13. The several copies of the book will travel around Rhode Island to the various communities.

The books will collect autographs from each community and will be given to McLarty on May 5, at the May breakfast that marks the end of the program.

The Jamestown library will hold a book discussion of "The Memory of Running" on Monday, April 16, at 7 p.m. Come with us as we journey with Smithy Ide in Reading Across Rhode Island's fifth community-wide reading project. The discussion will be facilitated by Judy Bell. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Starting in East Providence, "The Memory of Running" relates the odyssey of Smithson Ide, an overweight, friendless, chainsmoking, 43-year-old loser. Within the span of one week, Smithy's parents die of injuries from a car accident and he learns his long-lost sister's remains are waiting to be claimed in a Los Angeles morgue. Smithy's reaction to these tragedies is to climb on his three-speed Raleigh bicycle (long forgotten in his parent's garage) and set off on an incredible cross country ride.

Smithy's trip is more than one of miles logged and states crossed. As he encounters men and women at their best and worst, he begins to remember who he was before beer, Vietnam and loneliness helped him to forget. He starts to find himself his waistline - and friends as well. (Adapted from the book jacket)

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