Check It Out

Check It Out by Anne Marshall Showcased Book of the Week

For the local history buffs of the Clay County area, here is a fictional novel with reality woven into a tale of two very different men. Plain-spoken William Clark enjoys the triumphs and acclaim of the expedition, marries his childhood sweetheart, and settles in St. Louis as superintendent of the nation's Indian Affairs. Meriwether Lewis, a man of fierce courage and brilliant intellect, returns from the pacific a changed man. Something terrible has happened to him, something insidious, a disease with no name that erodes his health and threatens to destroy his mind and honor. Author Richard S. Wheeler, the recipient of the Owen Wister Award from the Western Writers of America provides a solution to one of the greatest mysteries in American history, the terrible and unexplained death of Lewis at the age of 35. Readers can find Eclipse: A Novel of Lewis and Clark, by Richard S. Wheeler in the Historical Fiction section of the new books shelves.

New Adult Historical


Included below are a few more historical fiction novels recently added to the library's collection, and can be found on the new book shelves behind the circulation desk.

In the first volume of an exciting new series, J.E. Fender displays the confident command of historical and maritime detail that readers of the Aubrey/Maturnin and Hornblower series demand in novels of 18th century naval adventure. Join Geoffrey Frost as he sets aside a lucrative commercial interest to assist the American colonies in their war with Great Britain in The Private Revolution of Geoffrey Frost.

New York Times bestselling author, Mary Jo Putney brings the past to life in another story of love that arouses the mind and senses. From the exotic temptations of the Orient to the ruthless grandeur of 19th century London, The Bartered Bride takes the reader on a sweeping romantic adventure that begins with a daring act of courage.

With more than 50 million copies of his book in print, John Jakes is one of the best American novelists of historical fiction. Written in three parts, Charleston follows the lives of an unforgettable family from the American Revolution through the turbulent antebellum years to the Civil War and the savage defeat of the Confederacy.

Children's Easy Fiction

Yo, Vikings � straight ahead! Comes the cry of the manly men delivering an authentic Viking ship to Emma's backyard. It isn't one of those crazy adventures she is always making up in her head. Author Judith Byron Schachner creates a world where the real blends with the mystic, and where the wildest dreams come true in Yo, Vikings!

No one ever listens to a turkey named Runt, even after people with seasonal plans and roasting pans start showing up at Wishbone Farm that fall. His family won't listen to his questions or his answers as the juiciest turkeys are chosen to leave. You will enjoy a good Thanksgiving comedy with Turk and Runt, by Lisa Wheeler.

Artist Susan Swan creates three-dimensional cut-paper artwork to illustrate another seasonal read. It's Fall!, by Linda Glaser tells the reader about the plants and animals preparing for autumn in easy to read poetry.

Artist and author, Chris Van Allsburg is back and ready to reveal what happens to Walter and Danny when they roll the dice and are in for the ride of their lives. With only the mind and hand of Van Allsburg can another book, Zathura: a Space Adventure, continue where Jumanji ends.

Do you know what happens in your kitchen late at night? Believe it or not, food emerges from the refrigerator, the cupboards, and the cabinets. The food has a party until one little insult starts a food fight. Don't get any ideas when you read Carol Diggory Shields Food Fight!

These new additions are located on the new book table in the children's area of the library.

On-line Book Club Selections

Join VLP and the On-line Book Club by registering at the library's web site, http://vlp.sdl, and click on the book club logo. Featured books for the week of Oct. 28-Nov.1 include: The Middle of Everywhere, by Mary Bray Piper; In the Clear, by Steve Lopez; Wedding of the Year, by Victoria Malvey; Quinlin's Estate, by David Ryan Long; and Leading Teams: Setting the Stage for Great Performances, by Richard Hackman. The Teen Book Club selection is My Life and Death by Alexandra Canarsie, by Susan Heyboer O'Keefe. The Audio Book Club's upcoming book selection for this week is Nine Minutes, Twenty Seconds, by Gary M. Pomerantz, with Boyd Gaines as the reader (abridged).

Internet Class Offered

The library will sponsor a free computer class for adults designed for those who are unfamiliar with the Internet. Students can learn the basics for surfing the Web, using search engines, and setting up e-mail accounts. This "Introduction to the Internet" class will be held on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the afternoon. This session has limited enrollment, and students must preregister. Please call the library to sign-up at 677-7060.

There is a meeting for those interested in starting a book club in Vermillion. Get in on the ground floor to discuss which books the group will read, and coordinate a convenient time to meet. Join us on Thursday, Oct. 24 from 7 to 9 p.m. or call the library at 677-7060 for more information.

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