Thursday, October 29, 2020
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By William Renner, Reference Librarian

Join Speer Memorial Library in Mission on Tuesday, March 3, for a discussion of the book The Girl He Used to Know, to take place in the library’s Community Room at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend and discuss the book.

In 1991, Annika Rose is a student at the University of Illinois. Beautiful and brilliant, yet shy and socially awkward, she has difficulty understanding others’ behavior, and feels more comfortable alone, reading a good book.


When Jonathan Hoffman joins the University’s chess club, Annika beats him hands down in his first game—and he falls in love with her. Annika feels accepted and understood for the first time in years, and a passionate romance develops. But sometimes, love just isn’t enough, and they go their separate ways.

Ten years later, Annika works at a library in Chicago. One day, while shopping in the frozen foods section at the grocery store, her concentration is broken by the sound of a man’s voice—“Annika?”

Written by Tracey Garvis Graves, and first published in 2019, The Girl He Used to Know is a story of how understanding can give us insight into another’s true character, and how the traits that make us different can also be our strengths.

Copies of the book will be available for check out to those who sign up for the book discussion, or you can stop by our Reference Desk, or call at (956) 580-8754to try to obtain a copy via Interlibrary Loan. This title is also available as an eBook and eAudiobook at hidalgocotx.rbdigital.com.

For more information, or to sign up for the book discussion, please call William Renner at (956) 580-8754. You can also register at the Reference Desk, or by email at reference@missiontexas.us.

Speer Memorial Library is located at 12th and Kika De La Garza in Mission. The library is open (except for Holidays) Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., and Sunday from 12 p.m. until 5 p.m. The Library's homepage can be accessed for information via the Internet by entering www.mission.lib.tx.us.

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