Fiction

Allie Larkin

In this episode of The First Fifty Pages, internationally best-selling author Allison Larkin chats with Jenn and Kelsey about her compelling new book, The People We Keep.  We explore the connection to authentic characters, dealing with rejection in the publishing business, and the 1990s as historical fiction (yes, you read that right!). 

This is Barb Gross with the Sioux City Public Library, and you’re listening to “Check it Out.” 

Today, I’m recommending A Burning by Megha Majumdar. This electrifying debut novel was nominated for a National Book Award and has been included on several “best of 2020 lists."

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

Are you craving ‘feel-good’ stories? Do you want characters to cheer for?  Leave the bleak headlines behind as Kelsey and Jenn shine a light on likeable characters in fiction in this episode of The First Fifty Pages.

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes

Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen

The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg

Isabel Dalhousie mysteries by Alexander McCall Smith

One Day by David Nicholls

Reading for enjoyment can be difficult when you're feeling anxious.  In this episode, Kelsey and Jenn discuss their go-to 'comfort' reads.  They also share ideas for reading when you're feeling anxious and favorite literary escapes for your #stayathome. 

CIO: Red Queen

Jan 25, 2019

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

During these dreary months of winter after the hustle and bustle of the holiday season has died down, I love to curl up on the couch and dive into stories that take me to other worlds. There’s just something about reading something fantastical book that makes the chill of winter just a little bit more bearable.  

Today, I’m recommending Red Queen, the first book in the New York Times bestselling series of the same name by Victoria Aveyard.

Support for Check It Out comes from Avery Brothers.

This is Barb Gross with the Sioux City Public Library and you're listening to Check It Out.  Today I'm recommending Ordinary Grace, the 2014 Edgar Award-winning novel by Minnesota writer William Kent Krueger. Although Krueger is primarily known for his mystery writing, Ordinary Grace is a compelling blend of mystery and literary fiction. The prose is clean and soaring in passages and the story digs deep into themes of love and loss, redemption and grace. A middle-aged Frank Drum who serves as the book's narrator looks back on the Summer of 1961 in New Bremen, Minnesota.

Check It Out: The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

Apr 24, 2018

This is Preston Schultz and you’re listening to Check It Out.

Today, I am recommending A Piece of the World, by Christina Baker Kline—a novel of historical fiction that imagines, through extensive research, the life of Anna Christina Olson—the subject of the painting Christina’s World by artist Andrew Wyeth.  This mysterious painting—of a young woman in a field, looking off into the distance towards a stark wood-framed house—has been a part of the Museum of Modern Art’s collection since 1949, and has become one of the most recognized images of American Art.