My mom, Nonny, is really doing well with shelter-in-place. She has always been superb at doing what the doctor recommends – always. I think I’ve probably said here before that if the doctor told her to stand on her head every Tuesday and spit wooden nickels, you’d better have a bucket to collect those nickels every Tuesday.
At 88 she is taking covid precautions very seriously. She is staying in, staying away from neighbors, only going shopping when absolutely necessary and then she goes the extra mile (sprays the inside of her car, wipes all products off when she gets home, wears a mask, etc.) She is not an online person, so she’s watching a lot of tv and doing a solitary walk every afternoon. She’s mentioned a couple of times over the last couple of months that she is “out of books”. Despite the fact that she introduced me to libraries as a child, she is not a library person. Although I’ve suggested she find a close one, she is worried about hanging about in a library and bringing home potential contaminants. Telling her that she can talk to a librarian about how they are handling covid to possibly reassure her hasn’t helped.
I thought I would get her some books, but I’m stymied about what to send. I know that her favorite author is Mary Higgins Clark. I know that she likes mysteries and thrillers but not things that are “too dark”. Too much graphic violence and sex is right out as well.
So if I go to the bookstore to pick up some titles for her, what should I get???