Check It Out

Check It Out by Anne Marshall Showcased Book of the Week

Fifty years ago, Nobel Prize winner James D. Watson helped launch the greatest ongoing scientific quest of our time. Now he gives us the first full account of the genetic revolution from Mendel's garden to the double helix to the sequencing of the human genome and beyond. Watson provides the general reader with a clear explanation of molecular processes and emerging technologies. Browse through his latest work, DNA: The Secret of Life, which will become a classic of scientific literature.

Online Book Club

The Online Book Club Chapter-a-Day offers many selections to Internet patrons. Check out this service by registering at the library's Web site, http://vpl.sdln.net, and clicking on the book club logo. Selections for the week of May 26 will be:

Audio Books: The Devil in the White City, by Erik Larso.

Business: The Engaging Leader, by Ed Gubman.

Fiction: The Midwife's Tale, by Gretchen Moran Laskas.

Good News: The Hope Before Us, by Elyse Larson.

Horror: Monstrosity, by Edward Lee.

Mystery: A Murder of Promise, by Robert Andrews.

Non-Fiction: The Only Girl in the Car, by Kathy Dobie.

Pre-Pub Book: Single Wife, by Nina Solomon.

Romance: The Lover, by Genelli Dellin.

Science Fiction/Fantasy: No selection this week.

Teen Books: True Confessions of a Heartless Girl, by Martha Brooks.

Adult Mystery Collection

National bestselling author, Tamar Myers is back with another Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery. Between Bigfoot roaming the quaint countryside, and the murder of Colonel Custard at the PennDutch Inn, hilarious heroine Magdalena Yoder has her hands full in Custard's Last Stand.

Author Minette Walter's ninth novel, Fox Evil is set in the seemingly peaceful English countryside. Elderly Alisa Lockyer-Fox's death is ruled natural causes, but the finger of suspicion points at her wealthy husband. Pick up a sinister tale of greed, gossip and murder.

The victim was well dressed, but stripped of identity, and found just inside the jurisdiction of the Navajo Tribal Police. Another complex puzzle facing Sergeant Jim Chee in bestselling author Tony Hillerman's The Sinister Pig.

Investigate cub reporter Nash Hansen arrives in Southern California from Chicago ready to take the news-reporting world by storm. His news items get buried on the bottom of page 20, until he starts following the trail of homicide and corruption that might even reach the top of California government. Enjoy Frank Sennett's debut novel, Nash, Rambler.

Jackson Crain is a widowed country judge who lives with his 13-year-old daughter. When his deceased wife's sister is bludgeoned to death, and her husband is accused of the crime, the judge decides to investigate. Author Nancy Bell brings the mystery reader another tangy puzzler in Restored to Death.

Regency romance writer, Juliet Bodine is unable to finish her latest novel, until the arrival of an 80-year-old fan with a trove of yellowing papers. The problems start when this fan is found dead and the papers have disappeared. There's nothing like a murder to cure a case of writer's block in Slightly Abridged, by Ellen Pall.

Celebrate Life, Literacy & Learning

The Vermillion Public Library will be closed on Sunday, May 25 and Monday, May 26 in honor of Memorial Day. Books and other materials may be deposited in the book drops on the south side of the building.

Laugh It Up @ Your Library is the 2003 Summer Reading Program. Activities start at noon on Monday, June 9 and end at noon on Friday, Aug. 1. The kick-off party is scheduled for June 9 featuring a lunch at the library. This program, for beginning readers through adult readers, is free to all participants. Look for a list of activities in the Vermillion Recreation booklet, available at the library.

Don't forget summer Story Time that starts June 9 for children 3 years through 6 years old. Space is limited and registration is required. Stop by the library to sign up or call for more information at 677-7060.

The library and the Vermillion Public Transit are still teaming up with a free transportation service to and from the library. This is available to anyone showing their VPL library card to the driver. Please call 624-7433 for a ride or more information.

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