Library Column for March 8, 2024

@ Your Library

The spring equinox is less than two weeks away. We are almost halfway to summer! I would like to say that we survived another International Falls winter. There is more daylight although I’d like more sunshine. But the weather doesn’t affect my reading except maybe where I read during the day.

All that to say, READ! It is important for our mental health and it exercises the brain. So grab a book or magazine, physical or digital and get reading. The library still has subscriptions to paper magazines although fewer than in previous years and magazines continue to be discontinued at a rather alarming rate. You can borrow all but the latest issue of magazines such as “Guns & Ammo” “Fine Woodworking” “Consumer Reports” or “Fur, Fish and Game.” The latest issue is available to read in the library. (Join us Monday, March 11 for the Silent Book Club from 6:30 – 8, you are welcome to read newspapers or magazines, it doesn’t have to be a book.)

Cookbooks often contain lots of historical and other information about the recipes within the book. Two good examples of that are the new books Midwest Pie: recipes that shaped a region edited by Meredith Pangrace and Tasting History: explore the past through 4,000 years of recipes by Max Miller. But even these two provide information about the ingredients and a variety of cooking methods. Veggie Burgers Every Which Way by Lukas Volger and Fantastic Vegan Recipes for the Teen Cook by Elaine Skiadas.

Two new books explore Einstein and his influence on our lives today in The Einstein Effect by Benyamin Cohen and Einstein by Jim Ottaviani. I knew about the Hindenburg and the great loss of life when the airship burned, but had no clue that there was a larger airship than exploded and killed more people than the Hindenburg seven years earlier? His Majesty’s Airship by S. C. Gwynne recounts ‘the life and tragic death of the world’s largest flying machine’ the British airship R101, a very unmemorable name.

Lucy Score has written a number of popular series of books and her newest, the Knockemout, contains Things We Never Got Over, Things We Hide from the Light and the newest Things We Left Behind.

It has been awhile since Christopher Paolini added to his world build in Eragon, but in December Murtagh was released to much anticipation. And Ken Follett released in October his long awaited sequel to Column of Fire, The Armor of Light. Both of these new books will require commitment as they are both around 700 pages long.

Two novels that travel between the past and the present are The Devil’s Playground by Craig Russell, it’s a mystery about the silent film era. Paul Conway is a film historian on a quest to find a copy of a supposedly cursed film. Michelle Shocklee opens Appalachian Song in 1943 as a midwife recounts her years serving her community in the Great Smoky Mountains and the secrets she keeps.

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