It's been 20 years since Cass Wakefield returned from the war to his hometown in Mississippi, but he is still haunted by the battlefield memories. Now in one afternoon in 1885, he is presented with a chance to retrace his footsteps from the past and to face the truth behind the events that led to the deaths of so many friends and comrades. The Judas Field is an epic novel of violence and redemption by the author of The Black Flower, Howard Bahr.
Living in exile, Lilah is in love with Antinoes, a Persian warrior. Antinoes wants to make Lilah his wife, but she realizes that before considering her own happiness, she is duty-bound to help her brother lead the Jewish people back to the Promised Land. Lilah: A Forbidden Love, A People's Destiny by author Marek Halter, is set in the magnificent culture of the Middle East more than 4,000 years ago and is the final installment of the best selling Canaan trilogy.
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 are for the week of Oct. 16:
BUSINESS: Small Giants, by Bo Burlington
FICTION: Tyrannosaur Canyon, by Douglas J. Preston
GOOD NEWS: Things We Once Held Dear, by Ann Tatlock
MYSTERY: Sequence, by Lori Andrews
NON-FICTION: Three Cups of Tea, by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
ROMANCE: Sanctuary Ranch, by Junior Michael Ray and Corinne Joy Brown
TEEN: Georgie's Moon, by Chris Woodworth
Learn about fishing skills from an expert. A presentation by Norman Kronick of Fisherman's Bait & Tackle in South Sioux City, NE, will be held on Saturday, Oct. 14 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the library's Community Room. For more information, please call the library at 677-7060.
Scrabble Scrimmage is again scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 21 from 1 to 4 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 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 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.