Friday, December 12, 2014
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
We Are Not Ourselves, by Matthew Thomas. 2014
The Story Hour by Thrity Umrigar, 2014
Maggie realizes that Lakshmi is in a loveless marriage, but she knows that many Indian marriages are arranged. Maggie allows the boundaries between therapist and patient fall down, and Lakshmi sees Maggie as a friend. Meanwhile, Maggie has been attracted to a photographer, Peter, who is back at the college for a year. They become involved, and Maggie struggles with why she is risking her steady, solid marriage for this.
Thursday, September 11, 2014
The Wives of Los Alamos by Tarashea Nesbit. 2014
This novel is written in a collective voice, representing all the women of the physicists who worked at Los Alamos, on the atomic bomb. The wives were not allowed to know what their husbands were working on. Families were isolated from much of society. They were not allowed to visit their families elsewhere, nor were their families allowed to visit them. The wives came from all over the country and the world. The narrator reveals that they did not always agree on things, and had different ways of looking at their lives. However, it is clear that there were strong bonds because the women needed to rely on each other for several years, without the support of family networks or other social networks. They raised their children and tried to cook decent meals in spite of rationing, and tried to keep their homes as nice as possible, although their were many problems. The narrator reveals how all the women changed to deal with the situations at Los Alamos. By the end, it is clear to the reader that the project was the creation of the atomic bomb. The novel describes the various reactions of the scientists and families when they hear reports of the atomic bomb maiming and killing so many civilian Japanese. Well written, and an interesting historical novel.
Still Life With Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen. 2014
Well known photographer Rebecca Winter moves out of her New York City apartment and into a small cottage, in order to rent out her apartment and try and cover her finances, including her mother's nursing home bills. Her twenty-something son Ben, does not realize how poor she has become. She hasn't produced anything new in years. She begins a relationship with a roofer, Jim.
who gets a raccoon out of her house. She is unaware that he has a mentally sister, and the photography project that gets her reestablished is connected to his sister. In the end, pieces of her life are brought together. Wonderfully written, with unique chapter headings.
A Star For Mrs. Blake by April Smith. 2014
This novel is a WWI follow up story, set in 1931. Cora Blake lives in Deer Isle, Maine, and lost her son, Sammy, in the war. She has been selected as a Gold Star Mother - one of the mothers who will travel to France to see her son's burial site. The U.S. government spent over $1 million to give mothers who lost sons the opportunity to go to England and France. Cora corresponds with the other mothers before the trip, and discovers that they all come from different backgrounds - Bobbie, a wealthy woman; Katie, an Irish immigrant who worked for women like Bobbie; Minne, a Jewish immigrant, and Wilhellma, married to a famous architect who has declared her legally insane because of her grief. The group is accompanied by Thomas Hammond, a young military man who comes rom a long military family, and Lily, a nurse assigned to the group.
As different as the women are, they have all lost their sons, and must grapple with feelings of what did they die for. There is reference to the Depression and a possible second world war coming.
They meet a writer, who has been badly injured in the war and must wear a face mask. The women find out more about their sons lives, themselves, and each other on the trip. There are good descriptions of ordinary women being exposed to travel, new events, and worlds they had never experienced, while dealing with their grief. The author found a great entry in the aftermath of World War I, and poses questions about patriotism and the waste of human lives in war.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
The Arsonist by Sue Miller, published in 2014
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
1. Vacationing or Staycationing with kids. Are you looking for crafts, camp games, travel books, fun activities to do with kids? Look on the first display on the landing. You will find lots of ideas for kids of all ages.
2. New Nonfiction in 2014. The library purchases many nonfiction books each year, ranging from how to books, biographies, cookbooks, history, finance, religion, parenting, crafts, travel, etc. Take a look and find something new.
3. Book to Read in the Dark with a Flashlight. The flashlight is not because you are a kid and you mother told you to turn out the light and go to sleep. The flashlight is because these stories are scary!
Written by traditional authors you may have read before and new authors, these books will keep you up at night.
4. Coming of Age Stories. These fiction titles contain some classic titles and many new books that you may not have read before. Some take place in areas of the U.S. and some are set in other countries. These stories are great for a good summer read.
5. Graduation is not the End, it is the Beginning. You or someone in your family has graduated.
What's next? Higher education, or a job? Graduates and their parents are all affected by this milestone. Look at this display for some ideas and guidance.
Do you like a particular author and wish you could find similar authors? Do you like a particular genre of fiction, or do you like novels set in a particular place. Try Novelist, the readers advisory database that you can access in the library or at home. You can click on Novelist when you are at the library catalog page. Database are listed on the right had side of the page. You can find book suggestions for adults and children. Also, if you are in the library or contact us, we are always happy
to suggest books.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
When Cow gets her hooves on the farmer’s car, she takes it for a wild ride. Using just one word (well, maybe two), this book will have readers laughing one moment and on the edge of their seats the next. LaRochelle is a previous Minnesota Book Award winner and lives in White Bear Lake. Wohnoutka has illustrated books for Random House, Dutton Children’s Books, and more – this is his first Book Award.
El-Hai uncovers the remarkable relationship between army psychiatrist Captain Douglas M. Kelley and the elite of the captured Nazi regime, particularly Hermann Göring. El-Hai is the MN Book Award winning author of The Lobotomist.
While investigating a woman’s disappearance, Cork O’Connor and his family are pulled into a deadly series of events which may have a connection to a murder more than twenty years old – a case where Cork was the deputy in charge. Krueger is the author of twelve previous Cork O’Connor mysteries and this is his fifth Minnesota Book Award. Krueger has spoken several times at the Northfield Public Library, and is a favorite among Northfield readers.
Stories about returning home and exploring abandoned towns are woven into a coming-of-age tale about falling in love, making peace with faith, and belonging to a place where neighbors are as close as blood but are often unable to share their deepest truths. Hoffert holds an MFA in creative writing from Hamline University.
This beautiful book, co-written with W. Jackson Rushing, III, showcases Chippewa artist Morrison’s work while also exploring the artist’s identity as a modernist within the broader context of twentieth-century American and Native American art. Makholm is Executive Director of the Minnesota Museum of American Art.
The strange, imaginative, and refreshingly original stories in Rutherford’s debut collection explore the ways in which we experience the world: as it is, could be, and all that lies between. Rutherford‘s fiction has appeared in Ploughshares, American Short Fiction, and The Best American Short Stories.
In his moving debut collection, a finalist for the National Book Award, Rasmussen faces the tragedy of his brother’s suicide, refusing to focus on the expected pathos, blurring the edge between grief and humor. Rasmussen is a founding coeditor of Birds LLC, a small independent poetry press, and teaches at Gustavus Adolphus College.
After an assault that leaves seventeen-year-old Evan scarred inside and out, he and his father retreat to the family cabin in rural Minnesota—which may offer him his best shot at making sense of his life again. Mesrobian teaches at the Loft Literary Center. This is her first book.
Thursday, March 27, 2014