Jessi Wakefield

This is Jessi Wakefield with the Sioux City Public Library and you’re listening to Check It Out.  And today I would like to talk to you about the sweet, subtle, supernatural love story, How to Stop Time by Matt Haig.     

Tom Hazard has a few rules that he lives by, but none more important than: Don’t fall in love. You see, he may look like an ordinary 41-year-old but he’s actually centuries old. He’s one of very few humans throughout time with a rare condition that makes him age much slower than a typical man.

In the third episode of The First Fifty Pages, Jenn & Kelsey, along with special guest Jessi Wakefield, discuss the different types of readers, how they developed their relationship to reading, and a few of their personal favorite books.

This is Jessi Wakefield and you’re listening to Check It Out.

Every now and again there is a book that comes along that leaves you in a state of simple, quiet joy. The book that I would like to recommend to you did that to me. The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce.

This is Jessi Wakefield and you are listening to Check It Out. Today I would like to recommend Sarah Shoemaker’s 2017 reimagining of Jane Eyre entitled Mr. Rochester.

Jane Eyre is one of my favorite books ever written. And in my mind, there is no greater character in fiction than that of Jane herself. So how could I resist picking up a book written from the viewpoint of Mr. Rochester? I thought it would make for a very interesting backstory to, although far from perfect, one of the most swoon worthy literary characters in all of his Byronic hero glory.

This is Jessi Wakefield with the Sioux City Public Library and you’re listening to Check It Out. Today I would like to suggest the title The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel.

This is Jessi Wakefield from the Sioux City Public Library and you’re listening to Check It Out.

This is Jessi Wakefield with the Sioux City Public Library, and you are listening to Check It Out.

Today I would like to take a dive into high fantasy with a twist as I recommend Brandon Sanderson’s novel Final Empire, the first installment of the iconic Mistborn series.

This is Jessi Wakefield with the Sioux City Library and you’re listening to Check It Out.

Today I would like to recommend the nonfiction book, “Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time” by Dava Sobel.

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Today I would like to recommend one of my favorite classic novels, North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell. First published in 1855, this story follows Margaret Hale as she is uprooted from her comfortable home in the South of England when her father leaves his employment as a minister. They find themselves in Milton, and Northern industrial mill town where Margaret is initially repulsed by the ugliness of her new surroundings.

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This is Jessi Wakefield with the Sioux City Public Library, and you are listening to Check It Out. Today I would like to whole heartedly recommend the novel, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman.  If you are an avid reader, such as myself, there are times in your life where you get caught completely off guard by a book or a character. This is one such book for me. This is one such character. It is a small, intimate story without a large cast of characters or international intrigue, but I can say that I fell in love with Eleanor Oliphant.

This is Jessi Wakefield with the Sioux City Public Library and you’re listening to Check It Out. Do you like science fiction? Do you like weird science fiction? Do you like the kind of science fiction that isn’t space operas or aliens, but plausible present times kind of science fiction? The kind of science fiction that you might read about from, say Michael Crichton with reminiscence of Kurt Vonnegut? If you said yes to any or all of these questions, then I want to recommend to you the deliciously and terrifyingly weird novel, Extreme Makeover by Dan Wells.

This is Jessi Wakefield with the Sioux City Public Library and you are listening to Check it Out. Today I would like to recommend the Disney produced movie, The Finest Hours starring Chris Pine, Ben Foster, and Casey Affleck. This movie is based off of true events of what is still considered today the most daring sea rescue ever attempted by the United States Coast Guard. It is the story of heroism, sacrifice, and love for your fellow man. In the winter of 1952, New England was battered by the most brutal nor'easter in years.

This is Jessi Wakefield with the Sioux City Public Library and you are listening to Check It Out. In 2014, Andy Weir came out with his debut novel, The Martian. It quickly and rightfully was lauded as a breakthrough and immediately became a favorite of many, including me. So the moment his second novel dropped, I quickly grabbed it and hoped to enjoy it even a fraction as much as I did his first. Today, I would like to recommend that second novel by Andy Weir, Artemis. I feel I need to say this first. This is not The Martian Volume 2.

This is Jessi Wakefield with the Sioux City Public Library and you are listening to Check It Out. May is an exciting time with its warm weather, end of school, looking forward to long summer nights sort of feel. But, if you were like over 6 million other people in America, May also means the excitement that revolves around the running of the Indy 500. There have been many books written about racing and even the 500, but today I would like to single one out and recommend the nonfiction book Black Noon: The Year They Stopped the Indy 500 by Art Garner.

Hello, I’m Jessi Wakefield of the Sioux City Public Library and you're listening to Check It Out.

This is Jessi Wakefield with the Sioux City Public Library and you’re listening to Check It Out.

What if?

These two words might make up one of the biggest questions we as humans ask ourselves.

Author Blake Crouch tackles this age old thought process in his newest book Dark Matter. In a fast pace, mind bending, emotional roller coaster, Crouch takes the reader into what could happen if we could go back and make different choices. But this isn’t a time travel story. No, it’smuch more complex than that. This is a story about the Multiverse.

The multiverse is the hypothetical set of possible universes, including the universe in which we live. 

What would you do if you were married to a potential killer? In Fiona Barton’s debut novel, The Widow, she tackles this exact question.

Before his demise, Glen was the number one suspect in the abduction and potential murder of two-year-old Bella Elliott, who was kidnapped from her front lawn –years ago, much to the dismay and heartbreak of her mother.

One of my all-time favorite stories is J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, so I take it to heart when someone was to add to the story. Peter Pan, while amazing, let me with a lot of unanswered questions.

How did Peter get to the island? Who taught him to fly? Where did the pirates come from? How did Peter and Tinkerbell meet? Why, if fairy dust allows people to fly, is Peter the only one who can fly without it?

Nothing new under the sun is a common sentiment when it comes to remakes or retellings of popular books and movies. And while oftentimes that feeling might ring true when we read a classic work that has been redone, Marissa Meyer’s teen series The Lunar Chronicles breaks through. 

Today, I’m recommending, the beautifully poetic and award-winning book, Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otuska.

It is the story of a generation of Japanese war brides who leave behind everything they’ve ever known in the hopes of finding a better life in America by marrying men who they’ve only seen in photos and heard from in a handful of letters, promising them good jobs, large houses, and plentiful bounty.

Today I am recommending the 2013 Pulitzer Prize winning biography The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo by Tom Reiss.

In Slade House there is a curious phenomenon taking place: people are disappearing every nine years to the day…  

This is Jessi Wakefield with the Sioux City Public Library and you’re listening to Check It Out. Today I am recommending the delightfully creepy horror story, The Slade House by David Mitchell

Before his death, video-game designer James Halliday created the virtual world known as the OASIS; a place where people could escape the humdrum of everyday life by creating an online persona to endlessly travel through the many worlds of the virtual universe. OASIS made Halliday one of the wealthiest people in the world, but he had no one to take over the company when he died. Upon his death in in the year 2044, Halliday had one last message for the world.

Today I am recommending, Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard. It is the story of the 20th president of the United States, James Garfield.  Most people who know of him only really know that he was the president who was assassinated soon after taking office, but as with any true story, there is so much more involved.