Library Column for October 7, 2022

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The library is hosting an exhibit called “Climate Change in Minnesota” created by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. It will be at the library until October 21. Stop in and see some specific examples of how the climate is changing things for Minnesota residents.

What a beautiful fall we’re having. I love crisp mornings and cool nights. It definitely makes it easier to curl up under a blanket and cat to read. I finished the very light-hearted Flying Solo by Linda Holmes. It did make me want to visit Maine. I love ocean watching and miss that up here.

Stop by the library and grab a good book and enjoy curling up on one of these cooler nights and read! Miss Aldridge Regrets by Louise Hare begins in London, 1936 as Lena wonders if she’s missed her dazzling theater career. Then a stranger offers her a starring role on Broadway and first-class ticket on the RMS Queen Mary, bound for New York and Lena finds herself in a performance for her life. Can she stay alive all the way across the Atlantic after a wealthy family draws her into their fold and one of their own is killed?

Lorraine Heath has written a fairly light-hearted tale of big-hearted Texas women in 1941 as they train British pilots for the Royal Air Force in Girls of Flight City. Everyone works hard to bring a victorious end to the war as lives from both sides of the Atlantic will be changed by love and loss.

While on the subject of loss try Lost and Found in Paris by Lian Dolan for a escapist adventure following lost art all over Paris with an art historian trying to find life again. Or Alison’s Espach’s Notes on Your Sudden Disappearance for a two decade story of missed connections and shared history.

We love cookbooks around here and it shows. If you are looking for new recipes to try then visit the library for a great selection. Fall makes me think soup, but even that can get tiring after a while, so other one pot options are always welcome, and Dinner in One by Melissa Clark is 100 recipes all made in one pot, pan or dish. And while she definitely includes soups like a lemony turkey and white bean soup or an orzo minestrone, there is also a creamy goat cheese pasta, a turkey and bean tamale pie and a cheddar souffle. Another new cookbook is The Red Truck Bakery Farmhouse Cookbook by Bran Noyes which is full of sweet and savory comfort food from “America’s Favorite Rural Bakery.” I am a big fan of focaccia bread and discovering new flavor combinations, their sun-dried tomatoes and goat cheese version is worth a second look as is the recipe for “Billy Reid’s Toffee Bars.” I also want to try the Lemon Chess tart and the salted caramel apple pie. And then to finish off a late summer day, I am intrigued by their recipe for corn ice cream.


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