Library Column for August 18, 2023

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Join us on Wednesday, August 23 at 3:00 pm to hear Brian and Sue Matuszak present their research on the local WPA art projects. This program for teens and adults is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. Refreshments will be provided.

In the last couple of months library board members have recommended the following books they have read. The Wager: a tale of shipwreck, mutiny and murder by David Grann. He is also the author of The Lost City of Z which is also recommended. Explore Voyageurs National Park through books with Mike Williams’ book Life at Kettle Falls or Chris Hemstad’s A Story Written in the Rocks. Funny thrillers seem like such an oxymoron, but that is a very apt description of Tim Dorsey’s series about Serge Storms, a spy for hire, including Pineapple Grenade. A couple of fun summer reads include It Goes So Fast by Mary Louise Kelly and The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman. Cormac McCarthy recently died so a board member picked up his Passages.  Fantasy readers will be glad to hear that a board member is tackling The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien again. Charles Frazier is a well-known author and his newest The Trackers is recommended. I continue to recommend Angeline Boulley as a rising author. Her two books are The Firekeeper’s Daughter and Warrior Girl Unearthed.

Martha Hall Kelly, author of the acclaimed Lilac Girls, recently released The Golden Doves about two former spies, bound together by their past, risk everything to hunt down an infamous nazi doctor. Inspired by true events of female spies who risked much to hunt down nazi fugitives.

Enjoy August with thrilling fiction like The Little Italian Hotel by Phaedra Patrick. In this novel journey with an acclaimed radio host and relationship expert as she takes four listeners on her 25th wedding anniversary trip to Italy when her husband presents her with divorce papers instead.

How do you know if you are reading more into messages than is there? Is your imagination getting the better of you or are you really being taken advantage of? That is the question at the heart of He Said He Would Be Late by Justine Sullivan. Liz Bennett knows she has been very lucky in life, but the text with a kissy-face on his phone makes her worry. She needs to uncover the truth even if everyone around her is convinced she has become unhinged.

Did you ever imagine being a detective as a child? Then be sure and pick up Charlotte Illes Is Not a Detective by Katie Siegel. Charlotte had some uncanny sleuthing abilities as a kid, but she hung up that hat and moved on. Or has she? She doesn’t seem to know what to do with her life and when her old blue agency phone rings, she answers.

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