Tales of icy adventure and exploration

Why are stories about polar exploration, and the resulting disasters, so appealing? Are the icicle-laden beards and mustaches of our heroes to blame? The poor frosty gents certainly have my respect and admiration, even if they were sometimes motivated more by vainglorious ambition than the pure search for knowledge. Their heroic stories of endurance and […]

Who needs resolutions?

The new year always brings big talk about resolutions, ending bad habits, and doing better. However, I’ve finally accepted that I’m a horrible person and likely to stay that way. It’s a time-saving attitude, I feel, and frees me up to worry about where my next good book is coming from. Luckily, I’m a horrible […]

History for horror fans

Do you adore ghastliness? Are you a fan of the horrid? If you said “yes” to these questions, these nonfiction picks will appeal to your ghoulish nature. Chosen for their revolting subject matter, they are sure to disgust you. The Hot Zone by Richard Preston- A thriller of science “fact” that explains  gruesome filoviruses and […]

Get into the winter mood with these cold-weather novels

The weather outside is definitely not frightful, and for that I feel very aggrieved. To help me deal with my weather-related disgruntlement, I have found some pleasingly frigid novels. Each is set in a miserably wintry clime, and will suit anyone seeking vicarious coldness. Turn the heat way down at home and pile on the […]

An Australian thriller

When Luke Hadler kills his family, then himself, it splits the small Australian town of Kiewarra apart. In  The Dry, by Jane Harper, Luke’s boyhood friend, Aaron Falk, comes back for the funeral after twenty years, having left as a teenager under the weight of suspicion that he and Luke had had something to do […]

Portrait of a Russian leader

Gorbachev: his life and times,  by William Taubman, was recommended to me by a patron who uses the library frequently. The New York Times called it  “the definitive English-language chronicle of this most intriguing figure.”  Praised in the west for his contributions to overturning the Soviet empire and despised in Russia by his own people, Gorbachev, […]

Speaking of kombucha . . .

The library is offering, to staunch kombucha-loyalists and the rank amateur alike, a delightful and  informative program, Beyond the Garden: Kombucha! Trendy drink, or healthy gut and immunity booster?, on Wednesday, December 6, at 6:30 pm in the Central Library’s Community Room. Health coach Paula Roelands will talk about the history and health aspects of this […]

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Funny audio books for kids

Is there a holiday road trip in your near future? Do you like to stay sane while driving around with your kids? Try these entertaining kids’ audio books, picked for their appeal to young-uns and parents alike: For young children: Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond How to Train […]

Where to start with magical realism

What is magical realism? Born in Latin American fiction during the late 1940s and 1950s, it unites the real and the mythical to reveal the fantastical elements of everyday life. Sometimes it will leave you wondering if an event in the story could really have happened. While this ambiguity is not for everyone, magical realism […]

Veterans Remember

Veterans Remember

Even though Veterans Day has passed, you will want to check out  Veterans Remember,  an ongoing video project to collect and  document the memories and experiences of U.S. military veterans in Mesa County. There are currently ten interviews with World War II veterans available, with nine men and one woman relating their stories of the time they […]