Library Column for February 23, 2024

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This February has been a wild one as far as weather goes, not what we’ve come to expect for International Falls in February. Whether you are rejoicing at the warmer weather or missing the cold and snow pick up a book and read. Reading is my answer to just about everything that ails us. Popular authors with newer books include Lisa Jewell’s None of This is True about two women with secrets and big goals for their lives. Out of Nowhere by Sandra Brown who follows two people trying to get justice after a shooter opens fire at a Texas county fair. Paul Doiron continues his series with game warden Mike Bowditch in Dead Man’s Wake. The Longmire Defense continues the series with sheriff Walt Longmire.

Martha Wells has returned to her series called “The Murderbot Diaries” in System Collapse. This series of primarily fairly short novels are told from the point of view of a robot built to both protect and destroy human life after he disables his command software and learns to make his own decisions.

Anne Berest writes a moving epic about twentieth century Parisian intellectual and artistic life through The Postcard. A fictional tale about a family receiving a postcard in 2003 with the names of four family members killed in Auschwitz. Fifteen years later, Anne the main character sets out to figure out who sent the postcard and why. Another World War II story, this time in the Pacific is Heather Morris’ Sisters Under the Rising Sun.

Two regional non-fiction titles include Vanished in Vermillion by Lou Raguse who lays out the ‘real story of South Dakota’s most infamous cold case.’  Dennis Van Norman journeys down the Mississippi exploring its characters and cultures in Threading a Kayak down the Mississippi.

It has been a while since we looked at the New York Times Bestseller lists. While we only have two of the top five non-fiction titles, we have eight of the top ten fiction titles. The two non-fiction titles are Oath and Honor by Liz Cheney and The Wager by David Grann. As I write this, the David Grann book is on the shelf, but Liz Cheney’s book still has a waiting list. You can request titles be saved for you by logging onto the catalog and requesting it, or contact the library and we’ll request it be saved for you.

The eight fiction titles we own, but are not sitting on the shelf waiting for you are both Rebecca Yarros titles, The Fourth Wing and Iron Flame. Shelby Van Pelt’s Remarkably Bright Creatures, Random in Death by J. D. Robb, Holmes, Marple and Poe by James Patterson, the Fury by Alex Michaelides, the Heaven and Earth Grocery Story by James McBride and Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus.

For the first time, I think I will be doing five original storytimes in February. Join us at 10:30 am on Thursday, February 29th for a celebration of five Thursday storytimes in the month of February.

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