New Books for the Week of August 3, 2015

Alert by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge

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Two high-tech attacks hit New York City and Detective Michael Bennett is on the case with FBI agent Emily Parker. As they investigate, Bennett realizes these events are a warm up to the biggest threat of all. They must race against time if they want to save New York City.

Trust No One by Paul Cleave

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Jerry Grey, a famous crime writer, is in the early stages of Alzheimers. As the disease progresses, he is forced to abandon his writing and he confesses that his stories are real and he committed the crimes. While his nurses dismiss his stories, others start to wonder if he is telling the truth when bad things begin to happen.

The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman

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Growing up on St. Thomas in the early 1800s, Rachel dreams of a life in Paris. Unfortunately, she is married off to a widower with three children in order to save her father’s business. When her husband dies unexpectedly, she takes her life into her own hands and generates a scandal that impacts her entire family. Alice Hoffman fans will not be disappointed by this new book from the bestselling author of The Dovekeepers and The Museum of Extraordinary Things. 

In a Dark Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

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A reculsive crime writer reluctantly agrees to make a trip with a friend she hasn’t spoken to in years to a glass house in the English countryside. Two days later, she wakes up in a hospital bed injured with the knowledge that someone is dead. As she tries to piece together the events of the weekend, she must revisit her past. This thriller will leave you on the edge of your seat until the very end.

Fishbowl by Bradley Somer

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A goldfish named Ian falls from the balcony on which his fishbowl sits, witnessing the lives of the residents of the Seville on Roxy, all of whom are in the midst of making important life decisions. This unique book is sure to be a hit with anyone interested in what it is like to be an animal.

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New Books for the Week of July 27, 2015

Wired by Julie Garwood

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A computer genius and a FBI agent are forced to collaborate in the newest novel in Garwood’s Buchanan-Renard-McKenna series.

Badlands by C.J. Box

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While delivering newspapers, twelve-year-old Kyle witnesses a car accident and is now in possession of money and white powder. New detective Cassie is put on the case and soon finds herself in over her head, until a boy on a bike keeps showing up where he doesn’t belong.

Circling the Sun by Paula McLain

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Circling the Sun brings to life Beryl Markham, an aviator caught up in a love triangle with a safari hunter and an author. Beryl is raised in Kenya be her father and the native Kipsigis tribe. She emerges as a bold young woman but when everything she knows dissolves, she enters into a string of disastrous relationships. Readers might remember McLain from her bestselling novel The Paris Wife.

Gonzo Girl by Cheryl Pella Pietra

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Alley is a recent college graduate who lands a job as an assistant to author Walker Reade. For months, she tries to coax the novel out of Reade but when the job takes its toll on her, she realizes she is alone and at the mercy of a drug addicted icon. This intense story will suck you in from the start, drawing you to the young heroine who finds herself tested among chaos.

Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica

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One day, Heidi returns home with a young woman named Willow and her baby, much to the dismay of her family. As Heidi helps Willow get back on her feet, clues about Willow’s past emerge and Heidi must decide how far she will go to help a stranger.

Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal

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Lars is left to raise his daughter Eva on his own, determined to pass on his love of food. As Eva grows, she finds solace and salvation in the food from Minnesota, her native state. Each ingredient represents a step in her journey to become the star chef behind a secretive pop-up supper club. This mother-daughter story about the bittersweet nature of life is one you won’t want to miss, especially given the setting and ties to Minnesota food.

Broken Promise by Linwood Barclay

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After his wife’s death, David moves back to his hometown with his nine-year-old son. When a family secret comes out, David gets involved even if it means proving his own cousin’s guilt. His investigation however leads to more startling discoveries, including one that endangers the whole town.

How to Be a Grown-Up by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus

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The latest book from the authors of The Nanny Diaries explores what it is like to work for people younger than you. Rory suddenly becomes a single mother and must accept a job working for two younger women in order to make ends meet. To succeed, Rory must adapt to the hyper-digitized world of millennials.

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New Books for the Week of July 20, 2015

Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan

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Barbarian Days takes readers on a journey through the dangerous pastime of surfing. Finnegan, a writer for the New Yorker, has chased waves all over the world and writes about the experiences he had, some of which will surprise readers. This is a great look into the culture of surfing.

When the Moon is Low by Nadia Hashimi

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Mahmoud and Fereiba’s middle class world is threatened when Afghanistan is engulfed in war and the Taliban rises to power. When Mahmoud is murdered, Fereiba must take her three children to England if she has any hope of survival. On their journey, the oldest son gets separated and Ferebia must make a difficult choice – stay and look for him or move on.

The Other Son by Alexander Soderberg

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The Other Son is the follow up to Soderberg’s previous novel The Andalucian Friend. Sophie becomes a player in a dangerous game in Hector Guzman’s crime empire. In order to survive, she must look inside herself and find her inner darkness.

Speaking in Bones by Kathy Reichs

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Tempe gets a call from a web sleuth who believes she has successfully connected a body in Tempe’s lab to a missing person. As Tempe looks into the case, she believes the death is tied to a local cult. As death tolls from that area rise, Tempe races against the clock to solve the murders before more people are found dead.

Love Lies Beneath by Ellen Hopkins

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Tara is a brilliant forty-something with a dark past. When a handsome man becomes her doctor following an accident, the two start a relationship. She becomes dependent on Calvin, but when she discovers he hired a detective to investigate her, her life gets a whole lot more complicated.

The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy Reichert

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Lou is working tirelessly to build her restaurant into a success while balancing her home life with her fiance. After finding out her fiance cheated on her, a restaurant critic writes a horrible review of the restaurant. Little does she known she will fall in love with the reviewer, but will she overcome the past to chase her future?

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Books to Read While You Wait for Go Set a Watchman

Harper Lee’s new novel came out this week and as projected, the holds list is quite long. Maybe you’ve put yourself on the list, or perhaps you are waiting until the buzz recedes to check it out. Either way, here are some recommendations of books to read while you wait.

The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee by Marja Mills

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

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The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson

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The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

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The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

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Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

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The Girl Who Fell From the Sky by Heidi W. Durrow

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Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin

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The Secret of Magic by Deborah Johnson

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New Books for the Week of July 13, 2015

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

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By now, everyone should have heard that Harper Lee is publishing a book that was written before her hit novel To Kill a Mockingbird. This book follows some of the characters from her bestselling novel, as Scout returns home to visit her aging father. A lot of controversy surrounds the publishing, including whether Lee has given full permission to publish this book given her old age and failing health. Nonetheless, it should attract a wide readership. Reviews are giving it standard marks, mentioning that Atticus may be seen in a new light that some will not like.

Naked Greed by Stuart Woods

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Stone Barrington jumps in to lend a hand in a tricky situation, not expecting it to lead to a business deal. When Stone finds himself the target of a group of criminals, he is led to a dangerous confrontation that no one saw coming.

The Naked Eye by Iris and Roy Johansen

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Despite his apparent execution, Kendra Michaels is convinced serial killer Eric Colby is still alive. The problem is that she can’t prove it. When she visits the crime scene of a murdered reporter, she finds evidence that links the crime to her. She realizes Colby is framing her and she goes in search of the killer in order to clear her name.

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

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Between the World and Me is an investigation into America’s racial history. Coates takes readers through history and contemporary resonances, giving readers a new framework for understanding this important topic. Original scheduled for a later release date, this book is being published this week due to the recent  events surrounding race that have occurred in the United States.

Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel by Carl Safina

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Carl Safina, a well-known conservationist, delves into the lives of animals in this new book. He uses his own observations with science to deliver to readers an examination of how animals think and feel. Ever wanted to get inside the head of an animal? Thanks to Safina, you can get pretty close by picking up this new book.

Bennington Girls Are Easy by Charlotte Silver

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Cassandra and Sylvie met in high school but their friendship blossomed at Bennington College, a refuge for wayward daughters of good families. After graduation, they move to New York City to figure out their life plans. Living together drives a wedge between them however, and their failing friendship is explored in this novel. This is a perfect summer read.

Miss Emily by Nuala O’Connor

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Ada is the new maid for the Dickinson family and despite obvious differences with their daughter Emily, the two strike up a friendship. When Ada’s safety is threatened, Emily must face her own demons to help her friend and runs into shocking consequences as a result. Miss Emily brings to life Emily Dickinson, one of America’s most beloved poets, in this new work of historical fiction.

Armada by Ernest Cline

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Author the bestselling book Ready Player One is back with a new adventure for Science Fiction fans. Zack is having an average day in high school when he spots a flying saucer out the window. The saucer looks exactly like the UFO in his favorite video game. He must use his skills to save Earth, but he can’t help but think that the situation is a little too familiar.

Let Me Explain You by Annie Liontas

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As Stavros prepares for his final hours of life, he sends an email to his ex-wife and daughters telling them how they can live better. They dismiss his behavior but when he disappears, those close to him must confront the possibility of his death.

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New Books for the Week of July 6, 2015

One Way or Another by Elizabeth Adler

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Ellen’s dream vacation turns into a nightmare when a party on a yacht ends with attempted murder. Ellen sets out for revenge from everyone at the party. This is the ultimate beach reading suspense novel, just in time for the dog days of summer.

Nemesis by Catherine Coulter

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Nemesis is the next thriller featuring Dillion Savich and Lacey Sherlock from Coulter’s FBI series. The agents must investigate terrorist attacks if they want to prevent more lives from being lost.

Bradstreet Gate by Robin Kirman

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When a student at Harvard is murdered just before graduation, three students find themselves caught up in the aftermath. The three friends are forced to take a look at their friendship, one that is defined by the secrets they have kept from one another. Over the course of a decade, the three grapple with the challenges of life as they search for answers and forgiveness.

Dexter is Dead by Jeff Lindsay

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Author Jeff Lindsay bids farewell to Dexter, a beloved serial killer featured in seven books and eight seasons of a hit television show, in this final book titled Dexter is Dead. Dexter is facing a murder charge for a crime he did not commit and his only chance at freedom lies with his brother. With deadly stakes and an epic showdown looming, Dexter may finally be in for his demise.

Little Pretty Things by Lori Rader-Day

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Juliet Townsend cleans rooms at a motel, a dead-end job she desperately wants to leave. One night, her best friend from high school checks into a motel and the next day Juliet is accused of her murder. Juliet sets out to investigate in order to protect herself, but what she learns might cost Juliet everything.

Ideal by Ayn Rand

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Ideal is a never before published book by popular author Ayn Rand. It tells the story of actress Kay Gonda who is on the run from accusations of murder. Turning to her fans for help, their responses help her get the answers she needs. Written in 1934 and originally published as a play, readers can now read it in novel form for the first time.

Those Girls by Chevy Stevens

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Those Girls follows the lives of the Campbell sisters. After running away from their alcoholic father, they find themselves caught in a worse situation when they are kidnapped. As events spiral out of control, they manage to escape and create new lives. This is a tale that will captivate readers and show just how strong the bonds between family members can be.

Orphan Number Eight by Kim van Alkemade

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Orphan Number Eight tells the fascinating story of a woman who encounters the doctor that subjected her to dangerous medical experiments in a Jewish orphanage while growing up. Now a nurse, she must choose between revenge and mercy when he becomes her patient. Based on a true story, Orphan Number Eight is a stunning historical fiction debut about the choices we make that can shape our destines.

A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety by Jimmy Carter

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Jimmy Carter looks back on his life in this new memoir. He talks opening about his public and private life, including his thoughts on the presidents who have followed him and causes he cares about deeply. This is an extraordinary read for everyone from a public figure that has lived, in his words, a full life.

Among the Ten Thousand Things by Julia Pierpont

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Jack and Deb are a golden couple, but when a mysterious package arrives in the mail, Deb is forced to confront the fact that Jack is having an affair. Opened by her daughter, the package threatens to tear apart the family. Pierpont explores the bonds between parents and children in her first novel.

Crooked Heart by Lissa Evans

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Noel Bostock, a 10 year-old, lands with Vera Sedge, a 36 year-old widow, when he leaves London to escape the Nazis. Noel is a godsend for Vee, who on her own is a disaster but with Noel makes a perfect team. Cooking up a plan to make money, they begin to see a profit but they aren’t as safe as they think they are.

Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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Struggling to decide what she wants to do in life, Hannah moves back to her hometown and moves in with her best friend. When she runs into her high school boyfriend, she faces a decision of who to leave with. Told in concurrent story lines, Hannah lives out the impacts of each decision and the story raises questions about fate and true love.

 

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Job Opening – Library Assistant I

Job Title: Library Assistant I

Closing Date/Time: Friday 07/24/2015 5:00PM

Start Date: Monday 08/17/2015

Job Type: Part-Time

Schedule: Monday – Thursday evenings, occasional Saturdays

 

The Willmar Public Library has an opening for a part-time Library Assistant I position. The main responsibilities for this position include shelving library materials in their proper location and performing circulation duties using our computerized software.

Duties include:

  • Shelve books and materials in their proper location
  • Ensure orderly appearance of library by shelf reading
  • Perform basics of check-out and check-in of materials
  • Greet customers and answer incoming phone calls
  • Prepare library for opening and closing
  • Perform related work as assigned

This job requires some high school and an understanding of library organization and services, or a combination of education, training and experience necessary to perform the requirements of the job. Physical requirements are: walking, stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, lifting up to 25 pounds, feeling, grasping, talking, hearing and seeing.

Applicants are required to submit a completed application form, resume and cover letter. Application forms can be picked up at the library or found online at http://www.pioneerland.lib.mn.us/index.htm. Forms must be submitted in person or via email (annice.sevett@pioneerland.lib.mn.us) by 5:00PM on Friday, July 24, 2015. Applications without a resume and cover letter will not be considered.

Contact Annice Sevett at (320) 235-3162 or annice.sevett@pioneerland.lib.mn.us with questions.

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New Books for the Week of June 29, 2015

The English Spy by Daniel Silva

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The English Spy is Silva’s 15th thriller featuring Gabriel Allon, art restorer, assassin and spy, who gets taken around the world in this latest book of high stakes spy-craft.

The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey by Rinker Buck

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Buck’s book, The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey, is an epic account of what it was like to travel the 2,000 mile Oregon Trail. Buck succeeds in bringing this part of history back to life by documenting his travels along the trail in a covered wagon, the way it was done in history. If you pick this up, be ready for a journey unlike any other.

The Mountain Story by Lori Lansens

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Wolf Truly intends to jump to his death on his 18th birthday but on top of the mountain he encounters a group of strangers who change his plan. They wind up stranded together, enduring five days in this freezing cold. Years later, Wolf tells this hidden part of his past to his son Daniel as he explores the bonds strangers can make.

The Star Side of Bird Hill by Naomi Jackson

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Two sisters are sent from Brooklyn to Barbados to spend the summer with their grandmother. When their father, who they barely know, comes to claim them, the sisters must choose between the two places. A coming-of-age novel, readers who enjoy novels that explore familial bonds should look for this one.

Kiss Me by Susan Mallery

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When Phoebe loses her job, she goes to help out on her best friend’s family farm but cowboy Zane isn’t thrilled with an outsider coming to help. When Phoebe and Zane share a kiss, things get complicated as Phoebe’s only shot at staying on the farm is if Zane loves her like she grows to love him.

 

 

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New Books for the Week of June 22, 2015

Wicked Charms by Janet Evanovich and Phoef Sutton

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Wicked Charms is Evanovich’s third book in the Lizzy and Diesel series. Lizzy must help Diesel find the Stone of Avarice but they must work fast if they want to beat those who have dedicated their entire lives to finding the lost chest that contains the stone.

Truth or Die by James Patterson and Howard Roughan

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Attorney Trevor Mann receives a call telling him his girlfriend has been shot in a mugging. The police believe it was a random attack, however Trevor is convinced his girlfriend Claire unearthed a secret while on the job as a journalist and he takes to chasing her leads to discover why she was killed.

The Melody Lingers On by Mary Higgins Clark

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Lane, an assistant for an interior designer, is called upon to redecorate a townhouse owned by the wife of notorious financier Parker Bennett, who has been missing for 2 years. Lane becomes drawn to the family but doesn’t realize that the closer she gets to them, the more she puts her life and her daughter’s life at risk. This is the second of three books published this year by Clark.

The Cartel by Don Winslow

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The Cartel is a ripped-from-the-headlines novel about the Mexican-American drug wars. When the head of a powerful cartel gets out of prison, the DEA agent responsible for putting him away embarks on a 10 year odyssey to take him down again. A story of revenge, honor and sacrifice, The Cartel is a perfect thriller to read this summer.

In the Country by Mia Alvar

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In the Country is a collection of short stories about the women and men of the Filipino diaspora. Alvar’s powerful stories explore loss, displacement and the longing to connect across borders, forcing readers to think about the concept of home.

China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan

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Kwan, the author of the hit book Crazy Rich Asians, is back with a new novel about the elite circles of mainland China. Heir to one of the greatest fortunes in Asia, Rachel is ready to get married but still mourns the fact that her birth father won’t walk her down the aisle. When a shocking revealtion draws her into Shanghai splendor, her dream may come true. If you’ve ever wondered what it is like to be China-rich, put this one on your to-read list.

Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget by Sarah Hepola

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Sarah Hepola spent most nights drinking, feeling a sense of freedom in her actions but she was left trying to piece together her memories in the morning, unsure of what she had done while drunk. Blackout is the story of Sarah’s life after alcohol, when she discovered her true self. This book has garnered a lot of media attention this week.

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

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Monsieur Perdu runs a floating bookstore, giving out novels that correspond to hardships in his customer’s lives to help mend broken hearts and souls. While he is able to mend everyone else, he can’t seem to heal his own heart. After reading a letter sent by his former lover, he sets out to make peace with his loss, traveling with an author and a chef through the rivers of France who help him show the healing power of books.

The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler

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Simon lives in his longtime family home by himself, his parents long dead and his sister traveling the country. When he receives a book in the mail from a bookseller, he must unlock the secrets it holds and decode his family history before fate takes a deadly turn.

The Truth and Other Lies by Sascha Arango

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When the mistress of a bestselling author becomes pregnant, he takes action to find a solution but ends up making a terrible mistake. With the police after him, he weaves the truth and lies together into a story that might help him survive. Fans of The Silent Wife should grab this new one.

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Job Opening at the Library

Job Title: Library Assistant I – Children’s Shelver
Closing Date/Time: Friday 07/03/2015 5:00PM
Start Date: Monday 07/20/2015
Job Type: Part-Time, 10-15 hours per week, including evening and occasional Saturday hours

The Willmar Public Library has an opening for a part-time Library Assistant I position in the Children’s Department. The main responsibilities for this position include to maintain the physical appearance and order of the children’s collection by shelving and shelf reading and to perform circulation duties.

Duties include:
– Shelve books and materials in their proper location
– Shelf read books to ensure materials are neat and in proper order
– Maintain the cleanliness of the children’s area
– Assist with the preparation of children’s programs
– Perform all Circulation Desk duties using our computerized system
– Prepare library for opening and closing
– Perform basic children’s reference
– Perform related work as assigned

This job requires some high school and an understanding of library organization and services, or a combination of education, training and experience necessary to perform the requirements of the job. Physical requirements are: walking, stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, lifting up to 25 pounds, feeling, grasping, talking, hearing and seeing.

Applicants are required to submit a completed application form, resume and cover letter. Application forms can be picked up at the library or found online at http://www.pioneerland.lib.mn.us/index.htm. Forms must be submitted in person or via email (annice.sevett@pioneerland.lib.mn.us) by 5:00PM on Friday, July 3, 2015. Applications without a resume and cover letter will not be considered.

Contact Annice Sevett at (320) 235-3162 or annice.sevett@pioneerland.lib.mn.us with questions.

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