Library Column for October 8, 2021

@ Your Library

It is good to be sharing what is happening at the library again through a local paper. I tried to keep up with the column on our website, but it wasn’t the same. Fall has well and truly arrived in the northland and that means I am beginning to enjoy curling up under a cat or a blanket and spending evenings reading (at least occasionally).

I have been meaning to read N. K. Jemisin for a while now, as she had been getting a lot of buzz in the science fiction community. I read The City We Became book 1 in the “Great Cities Trilogy.” There is no word yet on when the next book will be released, but there was a satisfactory conclusion to the first book in the series. I love the idea of the city embodied in actual people.

I have been reading quite a bit of non-fiction lately including my current read Four Lost Cities by Annalee Newitz. It looks at the neolithic city of Çatalhöyük in Central Turkey, the Roman vacation town of Pompeiim the medieval megacity of Angkor in Cambodia and the indigenous metropolis Cahokia, where East St. Louis is today. I am fascinated by the archaeology, by the history and by the lessons being learned about what doomed all four cities.

Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard have published another book together called Killing the Mob: the fight against organized crime in America. If you enjoyed any of their other titles, this will be sure to be a good read. It is fascinating to see them range all over United States history with their research from Abraham Lincoln for Ronald Reagan.

Several popular authors with lots of titles to their names published new titles this summer. And I’m only including titles and authors whose books were sitting on the shelves when I wrote this column. There were no summer releases by James Patterson, Danielle Steel  or Liane Moriarty sitting on the shelf.

So try J.A. Jance’s Unfinished Business for a great mystery as ex-newscaster Ali Reynolds again finds herself in hot water, this time with two missing people. Close to Home by Peter Robinson is the newest Inspector Banks mystery.

Thrillers are very popular with new ones by Camilla Lackberg, Silver Tears, Clive Cussler, The Saboteurs, Eric Lustbader, The Kobalt Dossier, Dale Brown, Arctic Storm Rising and Stuart Woods, Jackpot. Tom Clancy’s world of Jack Ryan Jr. continues to have new stories appear with the latest being Target Acquired by Don Bentley.

Janette Oke is now writing with her daughter Laurel Oke Logan and they recently released book two in their “When Hope Calls” series. Book one is titled Unyielding Hope and Book two is Sustaining Faith.

A final title by a popular author available when I wrote this column is Jennifer Chiaverini’s latest The Women’s March a ‘novel of the 1913 Woman Suffrage Procession’ down Pennsylvania Avenue the day before Woodrow Wilson is inaugurated. See us to borrow these or lots of other great fall reading.

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