Angie Sewalson

Maddy, a loving stay at home wife and mother, seems to have it all. She will drop anything to help her friends, lives for her daughter’s happiness, and has a husband who provides financially for anything she needs. Maddy is the true cornerstone of her family.

For Andy Langin

Apr 5, 2017
Angie Sewalson

My friend Andy passed away late in the night on January 19th. Text messages and Facebook notifications woke me. We knew this was coming. My husband Chris had visited him the night that he died. He had fallen asleep that night worrying about Andy. I arose, carrying this terrible news, to wake my family. My husband was devastated. My children cried. We all tried to push forward that morning. The kids went to school. Chris went to work. I readied myself for work, but in the silence of my empty house, I broke down and cried.

This is Angie Sewalson with the Sioux City Public Library, and you’re listening to Check It Out.

Today I am recommending the New York Times best-selling psychological thriller The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins.

Ally Karsyn

When I turned 18, I thought I knew it all. Everything about anything, and no one could change my mind or tell me any different. I didn’t go to college right out of high school. Working full-time and making money seemed like a better plan for me, at least until I could pick a major. My mom and stepfather told me that if I wasn’t going to college, I was going to have to pay rent to continue living at their house. They were going to charge me $135 a month. $135 a month? Yeah right, I thought. I’ll teach them and just move out.

Today, I am recommending Colleen Oakley's debut novel Before I Go, which explores the unsettling questions presented when time is running out.

At 27, Daisy Richmond is excited for the future. Her husband, Jack, is a brilliant veterinarian-in-training. Daisy is also in graduate school, trying to settle on a thesis. Having just purchased their first house, a fixer upper with a to-do list a mile long, the young couple is eager to renovate their dream home and build a life together.

Today, I am recommending a suspenseful, page-turning novel called The Widow’s Season by Laura Brodie. This debut novel is a mesmerizing tale about love, grief, and the ghosts who show up where we least expect them.

Today, I’m recommending a captivating story of love-gone-wrong titled Lies You Wanted to Hear by James Whitfield Thomson. With this first novel, Thomson proves that he is an author-to-watch with this page-turning, beautifully written story, of how over the years, the smallest crack in a relationship, can slowly become a canyon too wide to cross.