Runaway

Traditionally known for his Scottish mystery series, award-winning Peter May’s latest, Runaway, is a standalone, a superbly executed story of five friends who have to relive the past in order to resolve their regrets and guilt. In 1965, Jack Mackay is a headstrong 17-year-old, ready to leave his unhappy life in Glasgow, Scotland, with his […]

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One Book’s Finale Week

We have so enjoyed all of the participation from our readers over the past month of One Book, and we’re greatly anticipating J Ryan’s talk at the end of the week. J Ryan will speak at the Avalon Theatre (645 Main St.) on Saturday, March 5th at 7pm. The doors will open at 6 pm, […]

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New! Download Zinio Digital Magazines

New at your library – Zinio Digital Magazines! Choose from dozens of popular titles Stream or download and keep forever – no checkout limits, no due dates Apps for Android and Apple for offline viewing Create an account today – all you need is your library card! See our Zinio How-To Guide for more info […]

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Story Time Beat

  Featured here are Trevor and Dave, both local musicians in the GJ band scene and library staff members.  They stepped up to story time at the Central Library on Tuesday, playing for 93 kids and grownups who sang (and mooed) along.  Now that’s a party.​ Story time is hosted at all Mesa County Library locations.  We […]

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The Locavores are Coming

Kitchens of the Great Midwest’s Pat Prager lovingly crafts her Peanut Butter Bars to compete at her local fair. After some success, friends convince her to apply for a more elite competition. When she arrives, she is greeted by perhaps the most negative stereotype of the foodie snob and uber locavores. Her competition seems obsessed […]

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The Adoption Process

Kitchens of the Great Midwest has a very unique heroine. Eva is larger-than-life—physically, for one thing; but also in her capabilities and talents, her confidence and her success, and in her attitude that keeps her down to earth, even at the peak of her culinary stardom. There is no doubt that Eva’s experiences, shared with […]

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The Science of Taste

One of the enjoyable factors to Kitchens of the Great Midwest is the change in perspective and narrator that each chapter brings. In the only chapter that is from Eva’s point of view, she is a young girl, experimenting in the growth of chili peppers and breeding for the hottest possible. In her bedroom closet. […]

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Dontcha know where the Midwest is?

Location, location, location. In some books, the sense of place becomes its own character. The location provides a meaning and impact all its own, contributing to the actions of the characters as well as the readers’ understanding of them. Kitchens of the Great Midwest is one such book. The first giveaway, of course, is the […]

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