Library Column for February 2, 2024

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February is here whether we’re ready or not. This is a great month to visit the library and find a new author, a new title by a favorite author, continue reading a series you enjoy, or discover something new to read. Read romance, mysteries, thrillers or learn a new skill, we don’t care what you read, just read.

Here are some new books that may interest you. Spirits Dancing with photographs by Travis Novitsky and text by Annette S. Lee looks to the night sky and share indigenous knowledge and out living connection to the cosmos. A very beautiful book to explore our connection to the universe. Why We Love Baseball by Joe Posnanski provides a history of the sport in 50 moments. I love looking at things through specific instances, they provide such an interesting overview while simultaneously providing a narrow look.

Ernie Pyle was often referred to as the soldier’s reporter for his work during World War II. David Chrisinger brings his life into focus in The Soldier’s Truth: Ernie Pyle and the Story of World War II. Reading his descriptions of ordinary soldiers and their life in war made war more real than ever before.

8 Lives of a Century-Old Trickster by Mirinae Lee defies genre and description, but tells a tale of life along the North Korean border through eight chapters about a woman known as the ‘trickster.’ War and its consequences affect so many people in so many ways and this story brings to light some of those effects.

Travel back in history in this next handful of books. Danielle Steel set The Ball at Versailles in 1959 as four American debutantes attend a renowned Paris cotillion. Discover what might have happened during Woodrow Wilson’s presidency in The President’s Wife by Tracey Enerson Wood. Explore 1970’s New York city in Colson Whitehead’s Crook Manifesto. A little known British football ‘soccer’ team in World War I was the Thornshire Canaries. Jennifer Chiaverini shares their story in Canary Girls. And The Air Raid Book Club by Annie Lyons explore London life early in the bombings of WWII.

Of course, many prefer to read romance during this month of romance and we have lots of new options. You, Again by Kate Goldbeck pits Ari and Josh who hated each other from their very first meeting as they were both sleeping with the same woman. Then fate throws them back together. The second Vega family love story by Natalie Cana is A Dish Best Served Hot and centers on family, relationships and second chances. Past and present collide in The Sweetest Revenge by Lizzy Dent. “Love isn’t blind, it’s just a little blurry” is the jacket description for Hello Stranger by Katherine Center. The Do-Over by Suzanne Park opens with that fear that many college graduates have, they didn’t actually finish school and are a few credits short. Lily returns to school to finish and discovers her old college boyfriend is her Computer Science TA.

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