Library Column for May 24, 2024

@ Your Library

Happy Memorial Day weekend! I hope you have plans to remember those who died in service to this country as well as spend time outside, regardless of the weather. This weekend is the unofficial start of the summer season so I hope you also have plans to relax and read.

As we transition to summer and all the changes that brings. Come explore our cookbook collection for new ideas and recipes to bring new options to the table for healthy, fun or just plain old easy recipes. Whether you are looking to have the kids help with meal prep, you love entertaining or just need to figure out what to feed everyone all summer long we have lots of cookbooks with lots of recipes. 100 Morning Treats by Sarah Kieffer has ‘muffins, rolls, biscuits, sweet and savory breakfast breads and more’. You are sure to come up with new ideas for getting breakfast on the table.

Brilliant Bites by Maegan Brown (also known as The BakerMama) has ‘75 amazing small bites for any occasion.’ Great ideas for entertaining with appetizers and other finger foods. The library cookbook collection is so much fun to explore. Even if you aren’t looking for new recipes, come browse, many of these cookbooks have great tips, cool stories and so much more.

Way back in 1991, John Grisham released the novel The Firm. He has finally released a sequel to that novel. The Exchange is set fifteen years later and Mitch and Abby McDeere are back in the spotlight and this time there’s ‘nowhere to hide.’ James Patterson is the World’s bestselling author who rarely writes alone anymore and 23 ½ Lies is no exception. This is the newest title in the Women’s Murder Club series written with Maxine Paetro, Andrew Bourelle and Loren D. Estleman.

If you are looking for beach reads try Canadian Boyfriend by Jenny Holiday with the apropos tagline ‘He’s not fake. He’s Canadian.’ Aurora Evans meets a hockey player at the Mall of America as a teenager and unbeknownst to him, he becomes her perfect fake boyfriend. Then they meet up years later and connect. Can she tell him the truth, even more importantly, can she believe in herself?

And finally, if you aren’t looking forward to being hot and sticky and live up here for the winters. The library has lots of books set in the winter or at least in cold places, including historical thrillers like Cold Victory by Karla Marlantes. Competition and suspicion often go hand in hand. It is 1947 Finland, a land caught between two superpowers on the edge of a decades long cold war. Can Arnie and Mikhail once close friends escape the fatal consequences of their drunken agreement to a 500K, 10 day ski race?

Library hours for the summer are Monday – Wednesday 10 am – 3 pm and Thursday and Friday 10 am – 6 pm. Stay tuned, next week’s column will be all about summer reading at the library.

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