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Girl in the Blue Beret, a WWII Novel

Veterans’ Day is coming soon on November 11, and each year we lose more of our World War II veterans. In remembrance, why not read one of the many novels or nonfiction books on WWII? The Girl in the Blue Beret by Bobbie Ann Mason would be an excellent choice.

World War II is a popular setting for novels. I have read and enjoyed several in the past few years:

I Gave My Heart to Know This by Ellen Baker

The Postmistress by Sarah Blake

Skeletons at the Feast by Chris Bohjalian

Carry Me Home by Sandra Kring

Romance Readers Unite!

We romance readers take a lot of heat for our love of the genre, and now there is a book that proves all those critics wrong - Everything I Know about Love I Learned from Romance Novels by Sarah Wendell. This book was a stitch! Co-founder of one of the top romance blogs, SmartBitchesTrashyBooks.com, Sarah combines her own views, quotes from famous authors, and from romance readers like us to explain why the romance genre is so popular – to the tune of over a billion dollars annually.

The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach

I am interested in reading books with a Wisconsin connection—either the author is from Wisconsin or the setting is Wisconsin. In this case both the author and the setting have a Wisconsin connection. Chad Harbach grew up in Racine and has set his debut novel The Art of Fielding in Wisconsin at a fictional college called Westish which is somewhere north of Milwaukee and south of Door County.

Jodi Picoult fans will love this one

Night Road by Kristin Hannah is a story of parental love, young love, teenage social angst, loss, sacrifice, and most of all; forgiveness. Telling the story of Lexie Baill and the Farraday family, it is not only about true love, but also true friendship. Lexie has been tossed from foster home to foster home all her life. When she moves to the small town of Port George, Washington to live with the great-aunt she never knew existed, her life changes forever. Jude Farraday's whole life has been dedicated to her family, and specifically her two twins Zach and Mia.

Celebrate Banned Books Week

“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”—Frederick Douglas

In our country, the ability to read what you want and access information is a right that has been cherished—and challenged. Libraries have long been champions of intellectual freedom and that role continues today. We will always fight for your right to read what you want.

Libraries across the country celebrate this during Banned Books Week, which started Saturday, September 24 and runs through October 1. To celebrate, we’ll be posting about banned books on Twitter, Facebook, and our website.

Werewolves and Romance?

Who knew werewolves could be sexy? The paperback Werewolf in Manhattan by Vicki Lewis Thompson puts a whole new spin on steamy romances. The story unfolds as Emma Gavin, bestselling author, is being stalked by some crazy guy who claims he is a werewolf. Even though her novels are about werewolves, Emma doesn't really believe they exist. That is - until she meets one in person. Aidan Wallace just happens to be the wealthy and prominent Manhattan werewolf pack leader's son and heir. He pretends to be her bodyguard in order to get close to her. Why?

Back to School and Back to Non-Fiction

The first hints of fall are here: the chill in the early morning air, a few yellow leaves on trees in Lakeside Park, and kids heading back to school. While the kiddos may be dreading the end of summer break and the return to class, I love this time of year. I find myself reading more non-fiction as the days get longer and the leaves turn. Hints of fall just make me want to learn something new! Libraries often are called places of “lifelong learning.” What does that even mean?

A Book for People Who Liked Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

While reading The Informationist by Taylor Stevens I was struck by how this thriller has some of the same aspects of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I think people who enjoyed The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo would also enjoy The Informationist.

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