Check It Out at the Vermillion Public Library

Check It Out at the Vermillion Public Library by Anne Marshall Showcased Book of the Week

The story of the American Indian has been told as a 500-year tragedy of the sometimes violent and fatal encounters with Europeans and their diseases. But the story begins much earlier. Author and editor of over a dozen books on American Indian life and culture, Jake Page tells a new story covering approximately 20,000 years. With the latest scholarship and recent archaeological findings, In the Hands of the Great Spirit will forever change how we think about the oldest and earliest Americans.

New Adult Selections

Brown Eyes Blue is a tender, funny novel about mothers and daughters and the ties that unite them. Carolyn Meyer is the author of 49 young adult and children's books, along with a New York Times historical novel, Anastasia, published in 2000. Brown Eyes Blue is her 50th book just out for her 50th high school reunion.

Author Kathleen E. Woodiwiss is one of the first ladies of romantic historical fiction. The Reluctant Suitor is the tale of a bold and breathtakingly beautiful noblewoman who is coveted by every high-born gentleman in the land, except the only man she could ever love.

Gunter Grass, author of The Tin Drum, brings readers an engrossing account of the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff, a German cruise ship turned refugee carrier. A Soviet submarine attacked this ship in January 1945, with some 9,000 people losing their lives. Character Paul Pokriefke is a middle-aged journalist trying to piece together these tragic events of the deadliest maritime disaster of all time in Crabwalk.

A seasoned cop working too close to the edge and a smart, sexy officer-in-training get more than they bargained for in Picture Me Dead. Pick up New York Times best selling author Heather Graham's latest novel.

Author of the sensational hit Patty Jane's House of Curl, Lorna Landvik is back in her eccentric stomping grounds of a small Minnesota town. The women of Freesia Court have come together to start a book club called AHEB, or the Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons.

Six years after a conflict that extinguished all magelight, Eiden Myr is in chaos. The Binder's Road, by best selling author Terry McGarry, is the sequel to Illumination.

No one knows you like your sister. She can make you laugh or break your heart with a single word. Author Kristin Hannah explores the intricate bonds of sisters in her most recent novel Between Sisters.

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 12 will be:

Audio Books: Letters for Emily, by Camron Wright

Business: Solution Selling, by Michael T. Bosworth

Fiction: Sea Hunter, by Paul Garrison

Good News: Satan's Ring, by John F. Bayer

Horror: The Red Church, by Scott Nicholson

Mystery: No Second Chance, by Harlan Coben

Original: Almost There, by Nuala O'Faolain

Pre-Pub Book: Hocus Croakus, by Mary Daheim

Romance: Bed of Lies, by Teresa Hill

Science Fiction/Fantasy: No selection for this week.

Teen Books: Sorcerers of the Nightwing, by Geoffrey Huntington

Celebrate Life, Literacy & Learning

Available every month to our patrons is a complimentary copy of Book Page. In easy to read newspaper form, the Book Page gives interested readers information on newly published materials, authors, and publishers. Pick up your free copy for May at the circulation desk, and find out what is new in the world of books.

If you missed the summer activities sign-up at the armory, please stop by the library to register for Laugh It Up @ Your Library, the 2003 Summer Reading Program. This year the 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.

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