Literature

Support for Check It Out comes from Avery Brothers.

Support for Check It Out comes from Avery Brothers.

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Seems to me that houses these days have no attics, and I think that’s sad.

In what might be his most famous book, Curtis Harnack, born and reared just outside Remsen, spends an entire essay on the attics he explored as a kid in his ancient Iowa farm house, one complete chapter of his celebrated We Have All Gone Away. 

That wasn’t enough. A few years later he followed up with yet another memoir of the farm, The Attic, proving thereby that attics are actually treasure troves.

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. 

Support for Check It Out comes from Avery Brothers.

Check It Out: Misery by Stephen King

Aug 14, 2018

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

Imagine being held hostage by a deranged fan and forced to do something against your will or face a severe punishment. Well, in Stephen King’s 1987 psychological horror story entitled “Misery,” that is what happens to best-selling American author Paul Sheldon.

Check It Out: The Power by Naomi Alderman

Jul 24, 2018

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

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.

This is Jenn Delperdang, with the Sioux City Public Library and you're listening to Check It Out. Today, I am recommending the trilogy of children's books written and illustrated by Peter H.

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.

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