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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.

James Patterson does it again..

James Patterson has numerous fans out there, and I count myself as one of them. I just finished reading Now You See Her, one of his latest thrillers, written in collaboration with author Michael Ledwidge. What a perfect summer read. I read it in one day! Imagine being a young and carefree 18 year old. You are having the time of your life on spring break in Key West with your best friends, and then in an instant your entire life changes forever. That is exactly what happened to poor Jeanine.

Dystopias and You

Dystopian novels are all the rage in YA lit right now—from The Hunger Games, Matched, and Scott Westerfield's

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