The Meaning of Night, by author Michael Cox, is a spellbinding story of murder, deceit, love, and revenge in Victorian England. It is an ordinary story of Edward Glyver, booklover, scholar, and murderer set in part in rural Northamptonshire, where the author lives. Cox is the editor of The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories and The Oxford Book of Victorian Detective Stories.
The internationally best-selling author of the Other Woman returns with a sharply observed tale of a single girl swapping places with a married mother of two. Swapping Lives, by Jane Green, is a riotous and poignant look at what happens when two women, both of whom think their happiness lies somewhere else, walk in each other's shoes for a month. Is the grass always greener on the other side of the fence?
Ellen McKinnon sees things, but manages to keep her unsettling visions to herself, until a recent experience that predicted the death of someone close has left her health and her marriage on the edge of total destruction. Kerry Hardie, the Irish author of A Winter Marriage, has written a novel, The Bird Woman, that effortlessly captures emotions that are stirred by the mysteries of faith and fidelity, hatred and love.
The On-Line Book Club
The DearReader.com Book Club offers many selections to Internet patrons. Each book runs for five days, Monday through Friday. Some genres offer selections every other week. Check out this service by registering at the library's Web site, http://vpl.sdln.net and clicking on the book club icon. Online patrons can find the club at www.supportlibrary.com/su/su.cfm?x=470596. The following selections for the week of October 23, are:
AUDIO BOOK: She Got Up Off the Couch, by Haven Kimmel
BUSINESS: Hard Facts, by Jeffrey Pfeffer & Robert I. Sutton
FICTION: The History of Love, by Nicole Krauss
GOOD NEWS: Consider Lily, by Anne Dayton & May Vanderbilt
HORROR: Once, by James Herbert
MYSTERY: Unplugged, by Lois Greiman
NON-FICTION: Becoming Justice Blackmum, by Linda Greenhouse
PRE-PUB: The Blonde, by Duane Swierczynski
ROMANCE: Never Seduce a Scoundrel, by Sabrina Jeffries
SCIENCE FICTION: Mindscan, by Robert K. Sawyer
TEEN: The Dreamwalker's Child, by Steve Voake
Scrabble Scrimmage is again scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 21 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the VPL Community Room. This activity is planned for adults and young adults from ages 12 to 18. Extra Scrabble boards and Scrabble dictionaries are welcome.
The October Book Club's selection is Giants in the Earth, by O.E. Rolvaag. This great South Dakota classic portrays a Norwegian immigrant family's trials, hardships, and life on the often-hostile land of the South Dakota prairie. Copies of this book are available at the circulation desk. The discussion will be held on Thursday, Oct. 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the South Dakota Room of the library.
Learn skills for keeping chronological charts, lists, and time lines for births, deaths, marriages, and other family history. The Sioux Valley Genealogical Society will return on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Call 677-7060 for registration, as seating is limited. A $2 fee will be collected on the day of class.