Learn little tricks that you can employ that will extend your season in the spring and in the fall. Today from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the South Sioux City Public Library, 2121 Dakota Ave. Visit southsiouxcity.org for additional information.
The talent of Cheryl Strayed shown in her book Wild was much of the reason that I recommended the purchase Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar. This is a collection of columns written by Strayed under the pseudonym of Dear Sugar. The Dear Sugar column had it’s origin on a literature community site called The Rumpus. The bulk of the articles are in the form of letters to Dear Sugar and her responses. Many of the letters are from teens and young adults. I didn’t have many of the problems with which Dear Sugar dealt, but I appreciated the empathy with which Dear Sugar deals with the problems of her readers. The amount of empathy shown is the thing that drew me to the bulk of these articles. You may disagree with the advice Dear Sugar gives to her readers, but we can learn a great deal about the compassion and empathy she shows to her readers. We could learn a great deal about dealing with the young people in our families from Dear Sugar.
Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt. This books is full of creepy, slow building scares! The town of Black Spring has been haunted for years by the Black Rock Witch, a 16th century woman with her eyes and mouth sewn shut. If she looks at or speaks to you, you are drawn into doing horrible things. Everyone in town knows about the witch and deals with her more as an unwanted burden than anything else. But what will happen when a group of teenagers decide that maybe the witch is not as scary as she seems?
The Marriage Lie by Kimberly Belle, Iris and Will have been married for seven years, and life is as close to perfect as it can be. But on the morning Will flies out for a business trip to Florida, Iris’s happy world comes to an abrupt halt: another plane headed for Seattle has crashed into a field, killing everyone on board and, according to the airline, Will was one of the passengers. But Iris cannot believe that Will died. She crafts a belief that Will lied about where he was going and what he was doing. When Iris decides to find out what else her husband lied about, she is shocked in what she discovers. I thought I had it figured out and was anxiously reading to see if I was right. I was not exactly what I expected to happen, but it was a really good book.
Room by Emma Donoghue. I have read many books and watched movies about kidnapping, but I gave little thought about what life is like to live as an abductee, let alone to raise a child as an abductee. That was until I read Room by Emma Donoghue. This is a story about Jack, is five years old, having never left this one room, where and his mother are held captive. The book looks at how Jack is raised as “normal” though in prison, and the revelation of what is outside the room. It is an award winning book and the honors it has gained are well worth it.