Library Column for October 14, 2022

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I have certainly enjoyed the fall colors and cooler weather. I have also enjoyed my fall reading. I finally got around to reading The Sentence by Louise Erdrich. It was a fantastic read even though I rarely read ghost stories, but I found it provided a good perspective on the pandemic and protests in Minneapolis in 2020. I also got round to reading The Midnight Library by Matt Haig. I didn’t enjoy it near as much. I had a much harder time identifying with Nora and was often frustrated with her. I am now finishing up The Star that Always Stays by Anna Rose Johnson. The story is a fictionalized account of the author’s grandmother as she tried to fit into the world of the 1920’s as an Ojibwe teenager.

I am looking forward to reading A Taste of Magic by J. Elle is a middle grade fantasy with cooking, magic lessons and so much more. Also on my ‘to be read’ pile is Scout’s Honor by Lily Anderson about a monster hunting organization that masquerades as a prim and proper ladies’ social group. I also have The Maid by Nita Prose waiting for me to dive-in. It is a locked-room murder mystery. I have three very different books awaiting my future reading pleasure.

I still need to read Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell and her just released The Marriage Portrait is getting a lot of good buzz about the life of Lucrezia de’Medici. Elizabeth Strout returns to her beloved character Lucy Barton in Lucy by the Sea and Kate Atkinson tackles the 1920’s in Shrines of Gaiety. Forthcoming books yet this fall include Cormac MacCarthy’s The Passenger, The Prisoner by B.A. Paris, Barbara Kingsolver releases Demon Copperhead next week and A World of Curiosities by Louise Penny, comes at the end of November. There are just so many books I want to read and not near enough time to do it in and don’t get me started on the non-fiction titles coming out as well. Please stop by the library and ask for recommendations! We’d love to share our favorites with you and try to help you find a favorite title or author.

Don’t forget to check out the items in our Library of Things and let us know if there is something you’d like to borrow and try. We have items that will help you discover a new hobby, feed your family faster, healthier, or just for fun (ice cream maker). There are also several items that can be used by groups to help with fundraising or celebrations. The popcorn popper and cotton candy machine have been popular.

If you are looking to find things to do together with family or friends, look at our game collection, we have some video games (Wii and PS3) that can be borrowed for a week at a time, but also a wide variety of board games for a wide range of ages. And don’t forget the puzzle collection.

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