Kelsey Patterson

Today, I’m recommending the sophomore work from critically acclaimed author Emma Hooper, called Our Homesick Songs. If Hooper’s name sounds just a little bit familiar to you, you might have heard about or read her heartfelt debut novel Etta and Otto and Russell and James. Like her debut novel, Emma Hooper has graced us readers once again with another beautifully moving story in Our Homesick Songs.

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Beginning her career in New York City as an actress, she had fallen in love with writing after getting a master's degree at Columbia Journalism School.  Check out her work at the Sioux City Public Library. 

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Come listen to this week's Check It Out which is done by Kelsey Patterson.

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

Today, I’m focusing my recommendation on my newfound love for audiobook narrator George Guidall. Widely regarded as the world’s most acclaimed and prolific audiobook narrator, George Guidall has been delighting listeners for over 20 years and has lent his voice to more than 1,300 unabridged novels…and counting.

Today, I’m recommending Seven Days of Us by Francesa Hornak. Making her fiction debut, Hornak has crafted a witty yet deeply heartfelt work that bestselling author Emily Giffin describes as, “an insightful, character-driven look at the real failures, fumbles, and false starts that define family—and why understanding the people closest to us might be the hardest thing in the world.”

Today, I’m recommending Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century by award-winning journalist Jessica Bruder. This compelling, eye-opening tale describes the author’s experience immersing herself into the “workamper” community, a contemporary nomadic population largely made up of transient older Americans living on the road.

Today, I’m recommending Born to Run, legendary rock star Bruce Springsteen’s long-awaited memoir. Inspired by his remarkable 2009 Super Bowl halftime show performance with the E Street Band, Springsteen has spent the last several years devoting himself to writing down the story of his life. Born to Run is the extraordinary result.

Today, I’m recommending Astoria: Astor and Jefferson’s Lost Pacific Empire, a Tale of Ambition and Survival on the Early American Frontier by Peter Stark.

In the tradition of The Lost City of Z and Skeletons in the ZaharaAstoria is the thrilling, true-adventure tale of the 1810 Astor Expedition, an epic, now forgotten, three-year journey to forge an American empire in the Pacific Northwest.