It's always fun to find a new author. Sometimes first books are duds but often I think they are more carefully written and researched as the author tries to establish a place in book publishing. There are two I have read recently from the Cherokee Public Library that I feel deserve mention. Both times I put them down with a "Wow, that was a good book!" feeling.
'How to Be an American Housewife,' by Margaret Dilloway was a marvelous glimpse into life after WWII for Japanese war brides. The author was inspired by her mother's experiences and a book her father had given to her mother called the American Way of Housekeeping. The story is warm, humorous and entertaining as a mother and daughter work on defining their relationship in the face of two cultures. There's a list of readers waiting for this one so if it appeals a reserve would be a good idea.
'Stiltsville' by Susanna Daniel is another first effort. It takes place in Miami and offers a wonderful picture of life in south Florida including a colony of houses located out in the ocean and built on stilts. The characters start out as college students and the plot follows them through marriage, children and professional careers. Love, weather and temptation made this a page turner for me.
It's also fun to anticipate a new title by a favorite author, so here's a "heads up" for the next two months. Books are coming in September from Harlan Coben, Richard Castle, Clive Cussler, Julia Glass, Garrison Keillor, John Sandford,Nicholas Sparks and Stuart Woods. October will bring books by Danielle Steel, James Patterson, Joanna Fluke, Fern Michaels, John Grisham, Jan Karon, Karen Kingsbury and Robert Parker.
New books and DVDs are listed in our monthly newsletter so get in the habit on picking one up at the circulation desk. The newsletter also includes notices for children's programs and anything special that's happening as well as changes in the schedule. Postage prevents us from mailing it out but it is posted on our website at www.cherokee.lib.ia.us so take a look.
The library will be closed Saturday, Sept. 4 through Monday, Sept. 6 for Labor Day weekend. Winter hours start on Tuesday, Sept. 7 after which the library will be open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. -- 8 p.m., Tuesday and Friday from 10 a.m. -- 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. -- 2 p.m.