Fiction

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.

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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.