Wednesday Reads, May 17th

Natchez Burning by Greg Iles; “The first in a trilogy from #1 New York Times bestselling author Greg Iles that weaves crimes past and present into a mesmerizing thriller featuring southern mayor and former prosecutor Penn Cage. Raised in Natchez,Mississippi,Penn Cage learned all he knows from his father,Tom Cage. But now the beloved family doctor has been accused of murdering the African-American nurse with whom he worked in the 1960s. Now Penn is determined to save his father no matter the cost. The quest for answers sends Penn deep into a dark conspiracy involving the vicious Double Eagles,an offshoot of the KKK controlled by some of the state’s most powerful men. With the aid of a local reporter and his fiancée,Penn uncovers a bloody trail stretching back forty years,and is forced to confront a wrenching dilemma: does a man of honor choose his father or justice? Rich in Southern atmosphere,Natchez Burning marks the return of an American master of suspense. Tense and disturbing,it’s the most explosive and ambitious story Greg Iles has ever written.”–P. [4] of cover.

The Orphan’s Tale by Pam Jenoff;  Sixteen-year-old Noa has been cast out in disgrace after becoming pregnant by a Nazi soldier and being forced to give up her baby. She lives above a small rail station, which she cleans in order to earn her keep&#x; When Noa discovers a boxcar containing dozens of Jewish infants bound for a concentration camp, she is reminded of the child that was taken from her. And in a moment that will change the course of her life, she snatches one of the babies and flees into the snowy night. Noa finds refuge with a German circus, but she must learn the flying trapeze act so she can blend in undetected, spurning the resentment of the lead aerialist, Astrid. At first rivals, Noa and Astrid soon forge a powerful bond. But as the facade that protects them proves increasingly tenuous, Noa and Astrid must decide whether their friendship is enough to save one another&#x;or if the secrets that burn between them will destroy everything. — from book jacket.

Star Wars:  Thrawn by Timothy Zahn; Traces the origins of Thrawn, one of the most ruthless warriors in the Galactic Empire, and the events behind his rise in the Imperial ranks.


Wednesday Reads May 10, 2017

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The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood; When a natural disaster predicted by God’s Gardeners leader Adam One obliterates most human life, two survivors trapped inside respective establishments that metaphorically represent paradise and hell wonder if any of their loved ones have survived, while the outside world is overcome by gene-spliced life forms.

The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle; Amish teen Katie smuggles a gravely injured young man, an outsider, into her family’s barn despite the elders’ ruling that no one can come in or out of the community while some mysterious and massive unrest is wreaking havoc in the “English” world.

Obsession by Helen Hardt; The continuing story of Jade Roberts and Talon Steel’s relationship, with Talon confessing his love for Jade just as she uncovers some surprising information about what the Steel brothers may be hiding from the world.

The Hypnotist’s Love Story by Liane Moriarty;  “A novel about a hypnotherapist who falls in love with a man whose ex-girlfriend is stalking him”

The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso; “Hortensia James and Marion Agostino are neighbors. One is black, the other white. Both are successful women with impressive careers. Both have recently been widowed, and are living with questions, disappointments, and secrets that have brought them shame. And each has something that the woman next door deeply desires. Sworn enemies, the two share a hedge and a deliberate hostility, which they maintain with a zeal that belies their age. But, one day, an unexpected event forces Hortensia and Marion together. As the physical barriers between them collapse, their bickering gradually softens into conversation, which yields a discovery of shared experiences. But are these sparks of connection enough to ignite a friendship, or is too late to expect these women to change? The U.S. debut of an Etisalat Prize Finalist, The Woman Next Door is a winning story of the common ground we sometimes find in unexpected places, told with wit and wry humor”– Provided by publisher.

Reading for Independence Day

Early American History (1700-1820)

Our Constitution by Donald J. Ritchie (342.7 RIT)

The Quartet: orchestrating the second American Revolution, 1783-1789 by Joseph J. Ellis (342.73 ELL)

The American Soul: rediscovering the wisdom of the founders by Jacob Needleman (973 NEE)

Ladies of Liberty: the women who shaped our nation by Cokie Roberts (973.09 ROB)

American Creation: triumphs and tragedies at the founding of the Republic by Joseph J. Ellis (973.3 ELL)

Liberty’s Exiles: American loyalists in the revolutionary world by Maya Jasanoff (973.3 JAS)

1776 by David C. McCullough (973.3 MAC)

1776: excerpts from the acclaimed history, with letters, maps, and seminal artwork by David C. McCullough (973.3 MAC)

Bunker Hill: a city, a siege, a revolution by Nathaniel Philbrick (973.3 PHI)

Founding mothers : the women who raised our nation by Cokie Roberts (973.3 ROB)

George Washington’s Secret Six: the spy ring that saved the American Revolution by Brian Kilmeade (973.4 KIL)

Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: the Forgotten war that changed American history by Brian 9Kilmeade (973.4 KIL)

American Gospel: God, the founding fathers, and the making of a nation by Jon Meachan (973.4 MEA)

My Dearest Friend: letters of Abigail and John Adams by John Adams (973.44 ADA)

The Rockets’ Red Glare: an illustrated history of the War of 1812 by Donald Hickey (973.5 HIC)

Roger Williams and the creation of the American soul : church, state, and the birth of liberty by John M. Barry (974.5 BAR)

The autobiography of Benjamin Franklin : with related documents by Benjamin Franklin (BIO FRA)

John Paul Jones: sailor, hero, father of the American Navy by Evan Thomas (BIO JOH)

American Independence/ Patriotism

The Rights of the People: how our search for safety invades our liberties by David K. Shipler (323.0973 SHI)

American Patriots: the story of Blacks in the military from the Revolution to Desert Storm by Gail Lumet Buckley (355.008 BUC)

A Patriot’s Handbook: Songs, poems, stories, and speeches celebrating the land we love edited by Caroline Kennedy (810.8 PAT)

Patriotism, Perseverance, Posterity: the story of the National Japanese American Memorial 940.54 PAT)

Seizing destiny : how America grew from sea to shining sea by Richard Kluger (973 KLU)

1001 events that made America: a patriot’s handbook by Alan Axelrod (973.02 AXE)

American Insurgents, American Patriots: the revolution of the people by T.H. Breen (973.3 BRE)

American Patriot: the life and wars of Colonel Bud Day by Robert Coran (BIO DAY)

American Wife: love, war, faith, and renewal by Taya Kyle (BIO KYL)


Cardinal Festival Silent Auction at the South Sioux City Public Library

This is the weekly column that we publish at the South Sioux City Public Library.

Cardinal Festival Silent Auction at the South Sioux City Public Library

Cardinal Festival Silent Auction:  Seven wood carvings on display at the library are up for silent auction to help raise funds for the annual Cardinal Festival expenses.  Bids will increase in $5.00 minimum increments.  Bidding began on May 25th.  View the carvings online at;id=3421.  Send your name, phone number, bid item number, and bid amount to

Writing for Nebraska 150:  Dakota County:  In commemoration of Nebraska’s 150th Anniversary, the Write for Your Life Writer’s Group and the South Sioux City Public Library is putting together a book of remembrances, of yesterday and today.  We are looking for stories that Dakota County residents want to share with our children and our children’s children.

Some of the topics that one could cover are:  local sports and recreation. local businesses past and present,  important national events that intersected with local history such as war efforts/ loval heroes from Dakota County, life during the Great Depression, 9/11 remembrances and local responses, weather events that changed our lives blizzards (1949, 1975), floods (1952, 2011), or origin stories of how our families came to Dakota County.  We live in a wonderful community.  We want to preserve our stories for generations to come.

Tech Monday/ Tuesday bring your technology questions to this class and we will help you to find the answers on Monday at 6:00 p.m. and Tuesday at 10:00 a.m.

Freegal Music allows music lovers to download three songs per week and stream three hours of music per day.  This class teaches you how to do this on Monday June 6th at 7:00 p.m.

E-book Reader class teaches participants to download and read e-books from Overdrive on Tuesday, June 7th at 5:00 p.m.

Microsoft Word Microsoft Word 1: We want you to become familiar with Microsoft Word 2007, so to begin we will start with basic terminology, how to accomplish everyday tasks such as creating a new document, saving a document, spell checking, change text and printing.  We will also discuss the ruler, indents & tabs, insert/overtype, cut and paste, using the clipboard, and paragraph styles.

Goodge Drive This class will give learners an opportunity to learn how to create word processing documents, spreadsheets and presentations in the cloud and share them with friends on Thursday June 9th at 3:00 p.m.

Learn Your Library Webpage This is a broad overview of information and services available on the library webpage. The focus is on using the online catalog.

Adult Coloring:  Stop by for a time of relaxing adult coloring in Friday afternoons from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Tangled Yarns needlework group is held on each Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m.

Hats History and the Music June 20th:  Teresa Kay Orr will be at the library on Monday night June 20th, at 6:30 p.m. for her new concert program Hats, History and the Music.  Teresa Kay is a popular local entertainer who will bring another great program to the library.  You don’t want to miss it.

Reading Nebraska 150:  In honor of Nebraska’s 150 years of statehood scholars have selected 150 books that represent the life and history of the state.  The following are some selections that are available at the library.

The death of Raymond Yellow Thunder: and other true stories from the Nebraska-Pine Ridge border towns by Stew Magnuson, is a “nonfiction account of the Oglala of Pine Ridge, South Dakota, and the white settler towns of Sheridan County, Nebraska. Explores the repercussions of Raymond Yellow Thunder’s death at the hands of four white men in 1972 and the struggle of American Indian Movement Nebraska Coordinator Bob Yellow Bird Steele”–Provided by publisher.

More than Winning: The Story of Tom Osborne by Tom Osborne with John E. Roberts is the story of one of Nebraska’s most beloved coaches.

Middle of Everywhere: The World’s Refugees Come to Our Town by Mary Pipher tells the stories of the struggle to assimilate for refugees that were moved to Lincoln.

Nebraska’s post office murals: born of the Depression, fostered by the New Deal by L. Robert Puchendorf of the Nebraska Historical Society As a part of the New Deal that offered hope during the Great Depression, scores of public art projects were commissioned around the country. Now they are among the most enduring visual legacies of that era.

“I Am a Man”: Chief Standing Bear’s Journey for Justice by Joe Starita chronicles the efforts of the Ponca Native American chief to reclaim his tribe’s lands and rights after being forcibly removed from their Nebraska home in 1877, an effort that brought into question fundamental issues about citizenship, constitutional protections and democracy.

Have a great week and read good books.

Reading the Nebraska 150: Books available at the South Sioux City Public Library

Strange Angels by Jonis Agee (FIC AGE)

A Lantern in Her Hand by Bess Streeter Aldrich (FIC ALD)

My Antonia by Willa Cather (FIC CAT)

O, Pioneers by Willa Cather (FIC CAT)

One of Ours by Willa Cather (FIC CAT)

The Patient in Room 18 by Mignon Eberhart (LPFIC EBE)

Nebraska Stories by Ron Hansen (FIC HAN)

A Perfect Evil by Alex Kava (FIC KAV)

Dating Dead Men by Harley Jane Kozak (FIC KOZ)

Goodnight, Nebraska by Tom McNeal (FIC MCN)

Winter Thunder by Mari Sandoz (FIC SAN)

The Meaning of Names:  a Novel by Karen Gettert Shoemaker (FIC SHO)

Bohemian Girl by Terese Svoboda (FIC SVO)

Sixteen Brides by Stephanie Grace Whitson (FIC WHI)

From Society Page to Front Page:  Nebraska Women in Journalism by Eileen M. Wirth (070.4 WIR)

The Middle of Everywhere:  the World’s Refugees Come to our Town  by Mary Bray Pipher (305.9 PIP)

In Cold Storage: Sex and Murder on the Plains by James W. Hewitt (364.152 HEW)

Historic Railroads of Nebraska by Michael M. Bartels (385 BAR)

Nebraska Folklore by Louise Pound (398 POU)

Seasons of the Small Grass Prairie:  a Nebraska Year by Paul A. Johnsgaard (577.4 JOH)

No Time on My Hands by Grace Snyder (746.97 SNY)

Nebraska’s Post Office Murals:  Born of the Depression, Fostered by the New Deal by L. Robert Puschendorf (751.73 PUS)

Light on the Prairie:  Solomon D. Butcher, Photographer of Nebraska’s Pioneer Days by Nancy Plain (NEBR 770.92 PLA)

Backstage:  Stories from my life in Public Television by Ron Hull (791.43 HUL)

Potato Soup by Twyla Hansen (811 HAN)

Delights and Shadows: poems by Ted Kooser (811 KOO)

A Cycle in the West by John G. Neihardt (811 NEI)

In Reach by Pamela Carter Joern (813 JOE)

Tell Me a Riddle, Requa I, and other Stories by Tillie Olsen (813 OLS)

A Different Plain:  Contemporary Nebraska Fiction Writers by Ladette Randolph (NEBR 813.008 DIF)

Being Home

The Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition by Gary Moulton (917.804 MOU)

Nebraska Place Names:  Including Selections from the Origin of Place Names of Nebraska by Lillian Linder Fitzpatrick (NEBR 917.82 FIT)

Black Elk Speaks:  Being the Life Story of a Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux by John G. Neihardt (970.2 NEI)

The Children’s Blizzard by David Laskin (977 LAS)

The Uses of Plants by the Indians of the Missouri River Region by Melvin R. Gilmore (978 GIL)

The Death of Raymond Yellow Thunder:  and other true stories From the Nebraska-Pine Ridge Border Towns by Stew Magnuson (978.004 MAG)

Cheyenne Autumn by Mari Sandoz (978.004 SAN)

I Am a Man:  Chief Standing Bear’s Journey to Justice by Joe Starita (978.004 STA)

A Dirty, Wicked Town:  Tales of 19th Century Omaha by David L. Bristow (978.2 BRI)

Fort Robinson and the American West, 1874-1899 by Thomas R. Beucker (978.2 BUE)

Mari Sandoz’s Native Nebraska:  the Plains Indian Country by LaVerne Harrell Clark (978.2 CLA)

Once Upon a Town by Bob Greene (978.2 GRE)

Nebraska Moments:  Glimpses of the Past by Donald R. Hickey (NEBR 978.2 HIC)

Local Wonders:  Seasons in the Bohemian Alps by Ted Kooser (978.2 KOO)

Nebraska:  an Illustrated History by Frederick C. Luebke (NEBR 978.2 LUE)

The Great Platte River Road:  The Covered Wagon Mainline via Fort Kearney to Fort Laramie by Merrill J. Mattes (978.2 MAT)

Nebraska:  Under the Big Red Sky by Joel Sartore (978.2 SAR)

It’s Not the End of the Earth, but You Can See it From Here:  Tales of the Great Plains by Roger Welsch (978.2 WEL)

An Unspeakable Sadness:  the Dispossession of the Nebraska Indians by David J. Wishart (978.2 WIS)

Buffett:  The Making of an American Capitalist by Roger Lowenstein (BIO BUF)

When I Was a Young Man by Bob Kerrey (BIO KER)

This Death by Drowning by William Kloefkorn (BIO KLO)

The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Alex Haley (MAL)

More Than Winning by Tom Osborne (BIO OSB)

Old Jules by Mari Sandoz (BIO SAN)

The Red Umbrella by Christina Diaz Gonzalez (YA FIC GON)

Far, Far Away by Tom McNeal (YA FIC MCN)

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell (YA FIC ROW)

Dandelions by Eve Bunting (JFIC BUN)

Room One:  a Mystery or Two by Andrew Clements (JFIC CLE)

Worth by A. Lafaye (JFIC LAF)

Savvy by Ingrid Law (JFIC LAW)

Night of the Twisters by Ivy Ruckman (JFIC RUC)

Simpson’s Sheep Won’t Go to Sleep by Brace Arant (E ARA Bedtime)

C Is for Cornhusker:  a Nebraska Alphabet by Rajean Leubes Sheppard (E SHE Concepts)

The Gift of the Sacred Dog by Paul Goble (E GOB Cultural)

Bag in the Wind by Ted Kooser (E KOO Environment)

Saying Farewell to Pat Conroy

New York Times best-selling novelist, Pat Conroy, died on Friday March 4, 2016.

Conroy was born in Atlanta, Donald Patrick Conroy to Marine Colonel  Donald  Conroy and Frances “Peggy” Peek.  His father was abusive and his mother was oblivious to the family’s poverty and abusive lifestyle.  She raised Pat on great literature and poetry.  His life with his abusive father became the grist for many of Conroy’s novels.

The works available at the South Sioux City Public Library are:

South of Broad.   Leopold Bloom King is the son of an amiable, loving father who teaches science at the local high school. His mother, an ex-nun, is the high school principal and a well-known Joyce scholar. After Leo’s older brother commits suicide at the age of thirteen, the family struggles with the shattering effects of his death. Eventually he becomes part of a tightly knit group of high school seniors that includes friends Sheba and Trevor Poe, glamorous twins with an alcoholic mother and a prison-escapee father; hardscrabble mountain runaways Niles and Starla Whitehead; socialite Molly Huger and her boyfriend, Chadworth Rutledge X; and an ever-widening circle whose liaisons will ripple across two decades-from 1960s counterculture through the dawn of the AIDS crisis in the 1980s.

Prince of Tides.  Conroy’s breakout bestseller that brought him to the attention of the reading public.

Beach Music.   Jack McCall is an American living in Rome with his young daughter, trying to find peace after his wife’s suicide. He tells of the dark memories that haunt his family and friends, spanning Rome and South Carolina, reaching back to the terrors of the Holocaust.

Lords of Discipline.   In 1966, Will, a senior at the Carolina Military Institute, finds his views conflicting with those of his conservative, gung-ho classmates.

My Losing Season is the biographical account of his senior basketball season where he learned to find some meaning in loss

If you have read all of Pat Conroy’s books.  These are a few books that are of a similar  style.

Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury.   In a small town in 1928, a twelve-year-old boy savors the magic of childhood and the wonders of summer.

My Antonia by Willa Cather.  A successful lawyer remembers his boyhood in Nebraska and his friendship with an immigrant Bohemian girl named Antonia.

The Last Original Wife by Dorthea Benton Frank.  Experience the sultry Southern atmosphere of Atlanta and the magic of the Carolina Lowcountry in this funny and poignant tale of one audacious womans quest to find the love she deserves, from New York Times bestselling author Dorothea Benton Frank.Leslie Anne Greene Carter is The Last Original Wife among her husband Wesleys wildly successful Atlanta social set. His cronies have all traded in the mothers of their children they promised to love and cherish-til death did them part-for tanned and toned young Barbie brides.If losing the social life and close friends she adored wasnt painful enough, a series of setbacks shake Less world and push her to the edge. Shes had enough of playing the good wife to a husband who thinks hes doing her a favor by keeping her around. Shes not going to waste another minute on people she doesnt care to know. Now, shes going to take some time for herself-in the familiar comforts and stunning beauty of Charleston, her beloved hometown. In her brothers stately historic home, shes going to reclaim the carefree girl who spent lazy summers sharing steamy kisses with her first love on Sullivans Island. Along Charlestons live oak- and palmetto-lined cobblestone streets, under the Lowcountrys dazzling blue sky, Les will indulge herself with icy cocktails, warm laughter, divine temptation and bittersweet memories. Daring to listen to her inner voice, she will realize what she wants . . . and find the life of which shes always dreamed.Told in the alternating voices of Les and Wes, The Last Original Wife is classic Dorothea Benton Frank: an intoxicating tale of family, friendship, self-discovery, and love, that is as salty as a Lowcountry breeze and as invigorating as a dip in Carolina waters on a sizzling summer day.

Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabledon.  Scottish soldier Jamie Fraser and his wife, Claire Randall–a twentieth century doctor who has traveled two centuries back in time–find themselves in South Carolina on the eve of the American Revolution, where they must fight to save a young girl.

Begiled by Deanne Gist.  Rylee Monroe walks dogs in old-money Charleston, a part of the city recently targeted by a daring thief. Logan Woods works the crime beat for the local paper but dreams of a life as a nonfiction writer. When the string of robberies takes a strange twist, Logan sees the making of a once-in-a-lifetime book that seems to circle around this charming, eye-catching dogwalker.

Arcadia by Lauren Groff. The lyrical and haunting story of a great American dream–the progress of a utopian community and its lasting impact on a gifted young man.

Charleston by John Jakes is a historical novel set in the city of Charleston.

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd.  “The story follows Hetty ‘Handful’ Grimke, a Charleston slave, and Sarah, the daughter of the wealthy Grimke family. The novel begins on Sarah’s eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership over Handful, who is to be her handmaid. “The Invention of Wings” follows the next thirty-five years of their lives. Inspired in part by the historical figure of Sarah Grimke (a feminist, suffragist and, importantly, an abolitionist), Kidd allows herself to go beyond the record to flesh out the inner lives of all the characters, both real and imagined”– Provided by publisher.

Classified by Fern Michaels.  #1 New York Times bestselling author Fern Michaels returns to the beloved Godmothers, as the irrepressible Toots and her dear friends Sophie, Ida, and Mavis face new triumphs and challenges the way they face everything-together….Teresa “Toots” Amelia Loudenberry is a wealthy woman by anyones standards. But the riches that mean most to her are the loving friends and family shes accumulated over the course of a life well lived. And now that her daughter, Abby, has married her beau Chris and settled down near Toots in Charleston, life is even more satisfying than the delicious pralines sold at Tootss bakery, The Sweetest Thing.Abby isnt the only one enjoying a little romance. Tootss friendship with Dr. Phil Becker has grown unexpectedly close…and that brings both joy and complications. Its one thing for a lady to be a little vague about her age, but Toots hasnt been entirely honest with Phil about the number of marriages in her past. Frankly, after burying eight husbands, Toots suspects she should end her relationship rather than jinx Phil, too.As a distraction from her personal dilemma, Toots throws herself into helping Abby and Chris open an animal rescue on their plantation. And then another diversion hits-this one deadly serious. Two young children have disappeared after visiting The Sweetest Thing, and police are combing Charleston with no trace. Toots immediately enlists Ida, Sophie, and Mavis to help in the search. But as Sophies psychic abilities draw them closer to the culprits, they realize the stakes are much higher than they ever could have imagined. Courage, love, trust, and daring have brought the Godmothers to where they are today, and they have never needed those qualities-or each other

The Backup Plan by Sherryl Woods.  A foreign correspondent at the crossroads of her life meets a laid-back bad boy.