Check It Out

Check It Out by Anne Marshall Showcased Book of the Week

"I knew Ralph and Fern Knutson as members of the Concordia Lutheran Church, Vermillion, SD ? It was at an evening social function in the church that I visited with Ralph and for some reason discussed warplanes. To my complete surprise, Ralph stated he had been a ball turret gunner on a B-17 Flying Fortress over Europe! ? And amazingly, he had kept a daily journal of his military tenure! ? After reading it, I felt his contribution must be shared in written form."

The previous paragraph is taken from the introduction of Berlin to Spirit Mound: Along the Lewis & Clark Trail, by retired USD professor Paul B. Otto, and is a compilation of the life of Ralph M. (Jack) Knutson based on his personal journal as well as personal interviews with him in 1999. This amazing account kept by Jack is a cross section of World War II, Army Air Force life from Army basic training, advanced training, overseas duty in England, stateside duty training in the B-29s, and his discharge after the defeat of Japan.

This new book is processed, ready for circulation, and can be found in the South Dakota section of the new adult bookshelves.

New Adult Non-Fiction

Shannon Ravenel, editor of the 18th edition of New Stories from The South, has cast her net widely and well, making this latest installment one of the best successes yet. Humorous, heart-wrenching, and unforgettable, these 18 short stories reveal the tremendous intensity of experience and continued excellence in storytelling.

Predators, Prey, and Other Kinfolk is an amazing story of the nearly incomprehensible history of a woman growing up in a polygamous, fugitive family. Doroty Allred Solomon tells of the unyielding power of God, of father, of denial, and ultimately of truth in her astonishing memoir.

Today, for a variety of reasons, people are becoming part-time vegetarians, eating a lighter diet with a lot more vegetables and moderate amount of poultry and seafood. Author, Diana Shaw, brings her expertise to print with Almost Vegetarian: A Primer for Cooks Who Are Eating Vegetarian Most of the Time.

"I am just one of those rare and probably defective people who really enjoy the company of teenagers." Loosing My Faculties, by Brendan Halpin follows the author through teaching jobs in an economically depressed white ethnic town, a middle-class suburb, a last-chance truancy prevention program in the inner city, and an ambitious college-prep urban charter school.

Online Book Club

The Online Book Club Chapter-a-Day offers many selections to Internet patrons. Each book will run five days (Monday-Friday), with a new book starting every Monday. Check out this service by registering at the library's Web site,, and clicking on the book club logo. Selections for the week of Nov. 17 will be:

Audio Book: No selection for this week.

Business: Accountability, by Rob Lebow and Randy Spitzer.

Fiction: The Interpreter, by Suzanne Glass.

Good News: Helping Those Who Hurt, by H. Norman Wright.

Horror: Stranger, by Simon Clark.

Mystery: Sucker Bet, by James Swain.

Non-Fiction: Gracefully Insane, by Alex Beam.

Pre-Pub: No selection for this week.

Romance: Always a Lady, by Rebecca Hagan Lee.

Science Fiction-Fantasy: In the Company of Others, by Julie Czerneda.

Teen Book: Black Mirror, by Nancy Werlin.

Celebrate Life, Literacy, & Learning

The Vermillion Public Library will be celebrating Children's Book Week from Nov. 17-20 with special after-school activities. All children from first grade and up are invited for fun and games.

The library's book club will be meeting on Thursday, Nov. 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. The selection for November is Crescent, by Diana Aub-Jaber. The selection for the Dec. 18 meeting is Running with Scissors, by Augusten Burroughs. Please call the library or stop by for more information.

The library will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 26 and will also be closed on Thursday, Nov. 27 in observance of Thanksgiving. We will be open at 10 a.m. on that Friday morning. Books and materials may be returned to the book and A/V drops located on the south side of the library building.

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