Author Archives: Willmar Public Library

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Book clubs are becoming increasingly popular, whether it be with a group of friends or an organization led book club. Here at the Willmar Public Library, we love book clubs. And here’s why:

1. Provide a sense of community – when you share an intimate experience, such as reading, with a group of people, you tend to feel more connected to those individuals and in turn form a sense of community

2. You discover new books and authors – many times, book clubs read books that you wouldn’t ordinarily pick up on your own, giving you a wide variety of experiences with books and helping you find new authors or genres you may come to fall in love with

3. A place for self-expression – book clubs allow individuals to express their thoughts and views in an open, non-judgmental environment

4. They provide a welcome place for strangers – book clubs run by organizations are always looking for new members and whether you are new to a town or want to get involved more and meet people, they are great places to start when finding activities to occupy your time

5. Some books have to be discussed – book clubs usually help readers better understand books and they may even change your mind about a particular book; discussions often lead to an examination of themes and important social issues that are better understood when varying opinions come to light

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The Willmar Public Library has book clubs for all ages and we are always looking for new individuals to join.

Children

The Children’s Book Club meets the first Tuesday of the month at 4PM.

Teens

The Teen Book Club meets once a month on Wednesdays at 4PM. This book club is always looking for members, but you must register first with the library.

Adults

There are two book clubs for adults. Novels @ Night meets at 7PM the second Tuesday of every month while the Lunch Bunch Book Club meets at Cornerstone Coffee at noon the third Wednesday of every month.

For those of you who are involved in book clubs already – did you know the library has resources just for you? Check out these Book Club in a Bag titles, which provides you with multiple copies of a given book and a discussion guide to aid in your understanding of the titles.

For more information, click on the links or contact the library at (320) 235-3162. Next month we celebrate National Library Week, and there’s better way to start off spring by joining a book club and discussing a great read!
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The Man Booker International Prize shortlist finalists were announced yesterday at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. The award, given every two years, is given to a living author who has published in English or whose work is widely available in English. It is awarded by a panel of judges and comes with a 60,000 pound prize. The winner will be announced on May 19 in London.

The Shortlist:

Cesar Aira (Argentina)

Hoda Barakat (Lebanon)

Maryse Conde (Guadeloupe)

Mia Couto (Mozambique)

Amitav Ghosh (India)

Fanny Howe (United States)

Ibrahim Al-Koni (Libya)

Laszlo Krasznahorkai (Hungary)

Alain Mabanckou (The Republic of the Congo)

Marlene van Niekerk (South Africa)

While you may have not heard of these authors, their works are important in the world of literature. While we have some available in our system, if you want to read others we can search other libraries in Minnesota and order what it available. If you’re looking for a new author, look no further than those that have been recognized for their literature.

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The Stranger by Harlan Coben

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Bestselling author Harlan Coben delivers a stand alone thriller this week. The Stranger appears from nowhere, whispers a few words, and disappears. When Adam Price, a man living the American Dream, encounters the stranger, he learns a secret about his wife. After confronting her, he gets tangled up in something far darker than he imagined and he must make the right moves if he doesn’t want to ruin lives.

The Cavendon Women by Barbara Taylor Bradford

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The Cavendon Women is Bradford’s sequel to the book Cavendon Hall. Family members come together for the first time in years for a planned family weekend, and secrets, problems, joys and sorrows are revealed. The women of the family must come together to bring their family into a new decade and help them adjust to the new way of life that is emerging.

Someone is Watching by Joy Fielding

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Bailey struggles to regain control over her life after a brutal attack. Using binoculars, she spies on the outside world, especially a handsome playboy across the street. When she sees him taunting her, she wonders if he is her assailant. Bailey turns to the one person she trusts to hatch a risky plan to discover just what goes on in his apartment.

Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader by Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli

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Schlender and Tetzeli present a behind the scenes account of the rise of Steve Jobs. Their new book takes readers through his growth as a leader, his time as CEO, his duty as a father and his role as a visionary. Readers wanting to know how Jobs learned the skills that allowed him to rise to the top will want to pick up this one, based on the story of Jobs in the May 2012 issue of Fast Company.

The Precious One by Marisa De Los Santos

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The Precious One, told in alternating voices, is a novel of family secrets, lost love and obsession, focusing on the story of Taisy and her long lost love Wilson.

A Reunion of Ghosts by Judith Claire Mitchell

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The Alter sisters finalize their plans to end their lives, following a long line of Alters who have committed suicide. As they gather together to plan, a story unfolds about four generations of their family that will draw readers into important events of 20th century.

What Comes Next and How to Like It by Abigail Thomas

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What Comes Next and How to Like It is a moving memoir about what Abigail did to cope with the loss of her husband of 35 years. Fans of her first memoir, A Three Dog Life, won’t be disappointed by this follow up.

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NYPD Red 3 by James Patterson and Marshall Karp

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Zach and Kylie of NYPD Red, a task force assigned to protect the rich and famous, get called to the home of a billionaire on New Years after he sees something suspicious. When his son goes missing a few days later, they soon find themselves in the middle of a conspiracy that threatens everyone, including some of the city’s most powerful citizens.

The Last Flight of Poxl West by Daniel Torday

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Eli Goldstein idolizes his Uncle Poxl, a Jewish war hero. When Poxl publishes a memoir, his success takes him out of Eli’s life. As Eli delves into his uncle’s life, he discovers that his life is much darker than he let on, forcing him to rethink his image of his uncle. This story explores what it really means to be a hero and a family in the time of war.

Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum

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Anna Benz lives a seemingly perfect life with her husband and three kids in Zurich. On the inside, however, she is falling apart and to remedy that feeling, she throws herself into new experiences that surprise even her. This is a novel about marriage, fidelity and most importantly self.

Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives by Gretchen Rubin

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From the author of The Happiness Project comes a new book about habits. Rubin illustrates for readers the principles behind habit formation, answering common questions along the way. Her underlying message is that with a foundation of good habits, we can build a life that reflects our values and goals.

 

Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same-Sex Marriage by Barney Frank

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Barney Frank’s autobiography takes readers through his life, exploring how he became the first member of Congress to openly disclose his homosexuality. Fans of political and celebrity memoirs will enjoy this new book in this popular category.

Delicious Foods by James Hannaham

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Held captive by her employers, Darlene struggles to reunite with her son. Hannaham tells this story through three unforgettable characters and captivates readers from the start. You won’t be disappointed by this new one by Hannaham.

The Pocket Wife by Susan Crawford

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Dana is shocked when her neighbor Celia is murdered, especially since she was the last one to see her alive. A sufferer of bipolar disorder, Dana has gaps in her story and she tries to clear her name before she goes mad. As she tries to remember what happened, she has to face the reality that she may have been the killer. Fans of The Silent Wife and Elizabeth is Missing will love this new suspense novel by Crawford, her first novel.

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Last One Home by Debbie Macomber

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The Palmer sisters couldn’t be more different but when their mother unexpectedly dies, they try to heal old wounds. In the end, they realize they’re the only family have.

Cold Betrayal by J.A. Jance

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Jance’s beloved Ali Reynolds is back and this time she must help her new daughter-in-law. But as the race against the clock winds down, family secrets come to light and Ali must confront the face of evil.

Endangered by C.J. Box

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Wyoming Game Warden Joe Pickett investigates the case of a young girl barely left alive after blunt force trauma. Joe is determined to discover the truth, even if it means risking his life.

Dead Wake by Erik Larson

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Dead Wake, Erik Larson’s highly anticipated new book, is out this week. In 1915, a luxury ocean liner sank in the midst of traveling in a war zone. Although many people think they know the story of the Lusitania, Larson will tell readers the whole story, surprising most about the facts they haven’t heard before. Like his other books, this one is full of glamour, mystery and suspense.

17 Carnations: The Royals, the Nazis and the Biggest Cover-Up in History by Andrew Morton

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Morton presents the story about the secret ties among FDR, Churchill, the Duke of Windsor, and Hitler leading up to World War II. The full story of the cover ups is revealed for the first time in this book. History buffs won’t want to miss this never before told tale, full of drama, adventure and revelations.

Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis by Robert D. Putnam

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The author of Bowling Alone does it again in this new book examining the inequality gap in America. He uses case studies to present the reality that fewer Americans have the ability to move upward, the so-called American Dream. This book will force readers to deeply examine the future of our country.

Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver

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Two sisters altered by a terrible accident search to find themselves and each other in this new book by popular author Lauren Oliver.

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March is National Women’s History Month and our library has tons of selections to help you celebrate. I’ve selected some titles below but if these don’t strike your reading interests, we have plenty more to choose from. Just stop by the library and ask!

 

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World Gone By by Dennis Lehane

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World Gone By is the final book in Lehane’s popular trilogy. Ten years have passed since Joe Coughlin’s empire was destroyed by his enemies. Now working as a consigliere to the Bartolo crime family, he lives a life of professional success yet the truth from his dark past will come to light and he will finally have to pay for his sins in full.

The Assassin by Clive Cussler with Justin Scott

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The Isaac Bell series continues with this new one by Cussler. Bell’s case against an oil monopoly takes a deadly turn when an assassin kills Bell’s best witness. As the murders continue, Bell’s team works to uncover the identity of the assassin, traveling the world before ending up in an explosive confrontation.

H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald

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Helen turned to raising a hawk in an effort to cope with her father’s death. This project became one that tested her limits, and ultimately changed her life. This book provides a blend of nature writing and memoir to produce a heart-wrenching and humorous read.

The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro

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Two elderly Britons decide to set off to find a son they haven’t seen in years. Their journey will reveal to them their love for each other while joined by three individuals looking for fulfillment. This novel tells a story about forgetting, the power of memory, love and war.

The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce

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The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy tells a tale of the unforgettable character in Joyce’s popular novel The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. Told she has just days to live, Queenie writes a letter bidding goodbye to Fry. The follow up letter, however, is the one readers know nothing about and can finally learn the truth about Queenie’s life with this new novel.

The Fifth Gospel by Ian Caldwell

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Caldwell, co-author of the popular book The Rule of Four, returns with a new thriller in the same category. The curator of an exhibit at the Vatican is murdered and his partner’s house in broken into. The partner, Father Alex, undertakes his own investigations and must recreate the curator’s secret. Fans of The Da Vinci Code will love this new historical thriller.

Where All Light Tends to Go by David Joy

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Jacob works for his father’s meth ring but when a mistake changes everything, he faces a choice: stay with his father or follow the girl he loves.

Epitaph by Mary Doria Russell

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Epitaph is a historical novel that continues the story Russell began in her book Doc. It follows Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday to Arizona to fight at the O.K. Corral. This book tells Wyatt’s true story, unearthing 130 years of myths and Russel gives a voice to those whose lives were changed by the fatal 30 seconds in Tombstone.

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Prodigal Son by Danielle Steel

Prodigal Son is the first of four books Steel plans to release this year. Two fraternal twins become bitter enemies, one good and one bad. Reunited in their hometown 20 years after last seeing each other, shattering secrets are revealed and a life-or-death struggle for survival comes about.

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Mightier than the Sword by Jeffrey Archer

The next installment in Archer’s Clifton Chronicles series takes him into the late 1960s. The Clifton family members all take on their own challenges, and you’ll have to read to find out what occurs in this book full of twists and turns.

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The Girls of Mischief Bay by Susan Mallery

This new series by the author of Three Sisters brings to life the story of 3 women, each seeking new changes in their otherwise routine lives. Through romance, heartbreak and plenty of laughter, these three women will discover the power of friendship in overcoming obstacles.

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Hush Hush by Laura Lippman

Laura Lippman’s popular PI Tess Monaghan returns with new responsibilities and a new case involving murder and a mother. With a new partner, Tess tackles a case about the security needs of a rich woman who returns to Baltimore to reunite with her estranged daughters. Tess must ignore the discomfort she feels around the woman, realizing only that she has her own stalker.

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Girl in a Band by Kim Gordon

Kim Gordon, founding member of Sonic Youth, opens up about her life as an artist, a wife, a mother and being on of the first women of Rock ‘n’ Roll. At its heart, the book is about identity and what happens when your identity dissolves. Fans of celebrity memoirs will want to pick up this latest in that always growing and entertaining category.

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Future Crimes: Everything is Connected, Everyone is Vulnerable and What We Can Do About It by Marc Goodman

Goodman, a leading expert on global security, takes readers inside the digital underground and exposes how new technologies can (and most likely) will be used against people. It presents the dark side of technological innovation that everyone should be aware of in order to protect themselves.

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Irritable Hearts by Mac McClelland

Mac McClelland, an award winning journalist, explores her struggle with PTSD in this powerful memoir. After leaving Haiti following her coverage of the devastating earthquake in 2010, she became convinced she was suffering from PTSD. She fought to “repair” herself, and details her struggle and what she learned about the disorder along the way.

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The Siege Winter by Ariana Franklin and Samantha Norman

Mother and daughter teamed up to write this novel just before Ariana died in 2011. The book, being published finally after four years, is an adventure novel told by two women whose fates become intertwined in 12th century England during a Civil War.

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A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Kell is one of the Last Travelers, rare magicians that have the ability to travel between parallel universes. Kell is tasked to carry correspondences between worlds, but treachery lurks at every turn. Fantasy fans should pick up a copy of this new one.

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A Murder of Magpies by Judith Flanders

Book editor Samantha becomes an amateur sleuth when an author she’s working with goes missing. This colorful cast of characters will entertain readers and keep them guessing as they tear through the pages.

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Finding Jake by Bryan Reardon

Simon stays at home with his kids, Jake and Laney, and finds out a shooting has occurred at the high school they now attend. Racing to the school, Simon finds out that Jake is the only kid missing. This story will emotionally drain you and leave readers questioning their own lives.

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We’re into the “dog days” of winter, when most of us would probably rather be well into the dog days of summer. This week has been especially cold in the area and we’re all feeling the effects. Life must go on even if we’d rather be curled up in bed or better yet sitting on a beach. For those of us that can’t get away, here are some titles to read that will transport you to someplace warm.

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Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver

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This book weaves together three stories of human love within the small farms of southern Appalachia. It takes place over the course of one humid summer – exactly what you may be dreaming of right now.

 

 

 

 

 

The Island by Elin Hilderbrand

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Bittersweet by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore

3bittersweetMabel spends one summer in college at a friend’s estate in Vermont, falling in love with all that happens as she finally finds a sense of belonging. When Mabel finds out a family secret, she must make a tough choice – betray her friend and expose it all, or keep quiet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Girls of August by Anne River Siddon

4augustEvery August, four women spend a week at the beach with the desire to strengthen their long standing friendship. When one girl dies suddenly, they drift apart and leave their week retreat behind. Years later, they reunite due to a new marriage and come together again for a trip, making discoveries that will change them in ways they never expected.

 

 

 

 

 

Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen

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The Whites by Richard Price as Harry Brandt

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Acclaimed novelist Richard Price as is now writing under the pen name Harry Brandt, with this being his first novel with a new identity of sorts. It tells the tale of a New York City Detective under siege for an unsolved murder, by his past, and by a violent stalker. Reviewers claim it may be in the top for crime novels in 2015, so don’t miss out!

A Touch of Stardust by Kate Alcott

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Alcott, known for her recent book The Dressmaker, takes readers behind the scenes of Gone with the Wind in her latest historical fiction novel. Julie Crawford finds herself working in the public office of David O. Selznick, who is busy filming Gone with the Wind. She moves up to an assistant, entering the world of Carole Lombard and Clark Gable. Julie must fend off reporters seeking informatino about the two, and her friendship with Carole grows. As she becomes witness to these historic times in the making of the movie, she must balance her career and her budding romance. Historical fiction fans will be whisked away to Old Hollywood and are sure to love this story from the set of the iconic movie.

Dreaming Spies by Laurie R. King

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Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes come to find a young Japanese tutor aboard a ship. When Russel heads to Oxford, that same Japanese woman reappears and isn’t what she seems. It is a tale of politics, espionage, friendship and betrayal as King brings fans another book featuring her beloved character Mary Russell.

Half the World by Joe Abercrombie

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Fantasy fans will be thrilled that the second book of the Shattered Sea trilogy. Set in the same world as the first novel, Half the World follows a new protagonist in training for the king’s army. As she is learning the ways of war, she also falls in love for the first time. This trilogy will appeal to fans of George R.R. Martin, Patrick Rothfuss and Scott Lynch. The first book is titled Half a King.

Fiercombe Manor by Kate Riordan

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In this duel narrative, two women of different era  are united by secrets hidden in the walls of an English manor house. As one of them, Alice, tries to uncover her family’s past, will she be able to handle the truth and escape the tragic fate of the other women who have lived in Fiercombe manor?

The Unfortunate Importance of Beauty by Amanda Filipacchi

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The Knights of Creation are a group of artistic friends struggling with society’s standards of beauty. Two of them, Barb and Lily, discover they may have a murderer in their midst. Filipacchi brings a modern day fairy tale to print, highlighting the relationship between beauty, desire and identity, asking readers to think about what it means to allow oneself to be seen.

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