One of our most masterful memorists has written her most personal, yet most universal, books to date. Patricia Hampl was the daughter of a debonair Czech father, whose floral work gave him entr�e into St. Paul, MN, society, and an Irish mother with an ability to tell a tale. In The Florist's Daughter, Hampl traces the arc of faithfulness and struggle that comes with that role, from the postwar years to the turbulent '60s.
Um … is about how you really speak and why it's normal for your casual, everyday speech to be filled with verbal blunders, approximately one in every ten words. Um -�Slips, Stumbles, and Verbal Blunders, and What They Mean, by Michael Erard, is a charming, engaging account of language in the wild. The author explains why our attention to some of these blunders rises and falls. You'll have new ways to listen to yourself speak.
Jan and Antonina Zabinski were Polish Christian zookeepers horrified by the Nazi racism, who managed to save over 300 people. Yet their story has fallen between the seams of history. Drawing on Antonina's diary and other historical sources, best-selling naturalist Diane Ackerman vividly recreates the life of a woman responsible for her own family, the zoo animals, resistance activists and refugee Jews. The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story explores the role of both nature and its violation during World War II.
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, 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 Oct. 15 are:
Audio Book: No selection for this week.
Business: Selling Sucks, by Frank J. Rumbauskas.
Fiction: Rasputin's Daughter, by Robert Alexander.
Good News: Summerall, by Pat Summerall.
Horror: No selection for this week.
Mystery: How to Succeed in Murder, by Margaret Dumas.
Nonfiction: Evidence of Ham, by David Kirby.
Pre-Pub: Please check online for selection.
Romance: Method Man, by Naomi Neale.
Science Fiction: No selection for this week.
Teen: Loving Will Shakespeare, by Carolyn Meyer.
Do you need some help with homework, want to ace the ACT, or need a career change? The Vermillion Public Library has a subscription to Learning Express Library, and our patrons can use it at no charge. Log on to the VPL Web site at vpl.sdln.net and click on the South Dakota State Library link. Then click on "Databases for Remote Users with Library Cards." Scroll down the list to "Learning Express Library" and log in using your library card number and your last name as the password.
Word Games is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 20, from 1-4 p.m. in the Community Room. This activity is for adults and young adults, 12-18 years of age.
The Book Club discussion group will meet on Thursday, Oct. 25, from 6-8 p.m. in the Community Room at the library. This month's book is Dreams from My Father, by Barack Obama. Obama relates his visit to Kenya, Africa, to learn more about his African heritage and how a variety of cultures have shaped his views.
For those interested in learning genealogy, the Sioux Valley Genealogical Society will be presenting a workshop on Beginning Genealogy and Timelines with Phyllis Knutson and Verlyss Jacobson. This presentation is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 27, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Community Room of the library. You may bring a lunch or order and pay for a delivered meal at sign-in (9-9:30 a.m.). Please call for registration, as seating is limited: 677-7060.