Library Column for October 25, 2017

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Catch the Duluth Playhouse Children’s theatre tomorrow morning, Thursday, October 26th at 10:30am for storytime. They will present Imaginarium: Superheroes! A 45 minute production appropriate for all ages.

I have been in a reading slump the last month. I have hardly finished anything. I am spending lots of time knitting and planning for a trip overseas, but only about 30 minutes of pleasure reading each evening. Nothing has been knock-my-socks-off terrific, but nothing terrible that I don’t want to finish it either. Just so-so. Today’s books are all from my to-read pile or selected because the cover intrigued me on our new book shelves.

I have looked at the cover of The Girl in Green by Derek B. Miller several times and am thrown because the cover is orange and brown and the title and the cover just don’t work for me. But the book is about ‘two men on a quest to save the girl they failed to save decades before.’ The story is intriguing but I can’t get over the oranges of the cover and the Girl in a green dress. Another story about women separated by years is The Shadow Sister by Lucinda Riley. Meet Star D’Apliese as she sets out on a journey to discover who she is and Flora MacNichol living a hundred years earlier in England. How do they connect? We’ll both have to read to find out!

Arundhati Roy is the author of The God of Small Things and now The Ministry of Utmost Happiness. I have read reviews by people I like and have put both on my to-read list but haven’t gotten around to either yet. Let me know if you liked either title.

I don’t particularly like sailing or boats but am strangely attracted to books set on the water or about people who love the water. The Captain’s Daughter by Meg Mitchell Moore has a beautiful cover and is about a woman returning to her hometown to help her father and finds herself asking, “what might have happened if she hadn’t left home?”

As we look at another winter staring us in the face South Pole Station by Ashley Shelby is a novel about Cooper Gosling who has just accepted a place in the National Science Foundation’s Artists and Writers program and the chance to work at the South Pole. This debut novel about the courage to come together as everything is falling apart around you is described as wry and witty.

I’ll end with two thrillers about trust and family. Try Robert Dugoni’s newest Tracy Crosswhite book Close to Home or Kate White’s The Secrets You Keep.

Lorna Landvik is coming to town! Hear her at the library on Wednesday, November 8th at 6:00 pm for a rollicking evening of a writer’s life and stories from her latest novel Once in a Blue Moon Lodge. This program was funded by a grant from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and is appropriate for teens and adults.