October and November brought the Cherokee Public Library some great book titles and our "new" shelves are brimming. I have been reading one right after another. Here are some of them.
'The Dust Bowl' by Ken Burns is a companion to his new PBS series. The pictures and personal narratives are riveting. As I turned the pages, I developed a new appreciation for Mother Nature and for the people and communities that lived through that terrible experience.
'In Need of a Good Wife' by Kelly McNees is about mail order brides. Destination, Nebraska has a dearth of women and the men go looking for female companionship. Letters are exchanged and ladies set out from New York City to a frontier that does not offer much in amenities.
Blackberry Winter by Sarah Jio was one of my favorites. It tells the stories of two May blizzards in Seattle, one in 1933 and one in the present time. As a newspaper reporter sets out to write a feature article, she discovers an unsolved mystery and a connection between the two storms.
'The Perfect Hope' by Nora Roberts gave me my romance fix. It is the third of the Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy, and comes complete with handsome brothers, beautiful women, amusing dogs and a ghost. I actually listened to it rather than read it and found it to be a great traveling story as were the first two in the series.
'The Golden Hour' by Margaret Wurtele takes place in WW II Italy. Nazi officers occupy a young woman's family's home, but she does her best to help her brother and his comrades who are resistance fighters. Complications escalate as she finds herself falling in love with a Jewish man.
'Return to Wake Robin: One Cabin in the Heydey of Northwoods Resorts' by Marnie Mamminga was great! I laughed out loud at the description of the loaded station wagon with a back seat full of kids which brought back memories on my own family vacations. A nonfiction account of summers near Hayward, Wisconsin, I found familiar names like Ladysmith and Leninkugels in it. And I am proud to say I have been to Hayward and its Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum. I can even prove it with pictures of the giant fish statue.
If any of these books are of interest, please call 225-3498 and we'll be happy to reserve them.
Reminder: Friends of the Library will be accepting final bids for the book baskets at noon on Saturday, December 1. Don't miss out!