Check It Out

Check It Out
Debut novels

At a time when many of us are searching for meaning, Layne Maheu's extraordinary debut asks us to linger with our questions in an ancient world. In Song of the Crow, he has created a lyrical meditation on the relationship between humanity and the heavens. This remarkable story is also a provocative portrait of the reasons for human fear and hope, and a role that free will always plays when we struggle, not just to make sense of things, but also to survive.

Per Petterson's masterful American debut novel is the story of a man whose life stands still after a terrible accident. Spanning an intense period of only a few weeks, In the Wake features 43-year-old Arvid, a writer who lost his parents and younger brothers in a ferry accident some years before. Poignant, restrained, darkly funny, and at times unbearably moving, Petterson's first American novel shows readers how to survive in the wake of tragedy.

On-Line Book Club

The 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, and clicking on the book club icon. Online patrons can find the club at The following selections are for the week of Oct. 9:

AUDIO BOOK: The Man Called Cash, by Steve Turner.

BUSINESS: Bullies, Tyrants & Impossible People, by Ronald Shapiro and Mark Jan Kowski.

FICTION: Looking For Peyton Place, by Barbara Delinsky.

GOOD NEWS: The Novelist, by Angela Hunt.

HORROR: Nightmare at 20,000 Feet, by Richard Matheson.

MYSTERY: Tom Clancy's Net Force 10: The Archimedes Effect, by Tom Clancy.

NON-FICTION: Wedding of the Waters, by Peter L. Bernstein.

PRE-PUB: The Ragtime Kid, by Larry Karp.

ROMANCE: Penelope & Prince Charming, by Jennifer Ashley.

SCIENCE FICTION: The Atrocity Archives, by Charles Stross.

TEEN: Green Jasper, by K.M. Grant.

VPL news

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.

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 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.

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