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March 02, 2015
Those of you that came in last Friday were treated to several full shelves of new books from the North Dakota State Library (NDSL) and they are all in large print!  If you come  in this Friday there should be even more to choose from including ROMANCE, WESTERNS and SOME NON-FICTION, plus a few more new MYSTERIES!  Finley Library considers itself so lucky to receive these culled books from NDSL, because they are new to us!  I have read so many good ones from NDSL over the passed year and already some very enjoyable ones from this year's new arrivals!  As was mentioned last week, we only received seven westerns, but they are Large Print (LP)!   We received the classic Riders of the Purple Sage by Zane Grey, The Devil on Horseback by Lauran Paine and Kansas Trail by Hascal Giles among our seven.  Among the romances we received a couple by Catherine Cookson, Dorothy Garlock, and a two book series by Barbara Jean Hicks (who just happens to have written the book that the movie Frozen was made from so you can tell all your young grand or great-grand children you are too cool for school!).  At least five of the new romance books fall under "inspirational'  and several of the new mysteries would be considered "cozy mysteries", so they are a nice departure from the ones that are more detailed in the murder department.  The point here is that we have a wonderful selection of books in a wide variety of genres!  Be sure to come in and check us and a book or two out while you are there!  The hot water is on, so you may have coffee, hot tea or even cocoa, and there is always conversation if you want it as well.
Here's a couple reviews:

A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley.  (Large PB) (1991)  With this book author Smiley has taken Shakespeare's King Lear, put it on a plastic overlay, and laid it on top of a third generation farm in Iowa.  Not knowing this as I read it, I wondered how things could go from outwardly so great in the first pages to a real mess very quickly!  Perhaps the knowledge of her using this device will help the reader better understand the book; perhaps not.  Larry Cook (the King Lear character) lived on a farm of 1000 acres that his father and grand-father has cobbled together over the years with hard work and no play.  Larry was proud of the farm; the best in the area, but at one point he decided to incorporate, retire from farming and share the farm among his three daughters and their husbands.  The youngest, a lawyer who didn't even live on the farm, declined and was dropped from the will.  Then things really broke loose.  As in Shakespeare, Larry, like King Lear, loses it mentally, and well, you just need to read it.  It is easy to see why the book won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1992.  Also a movie was made from the book in 1997.  I am looking forward to viewing it!
The Best of Enemies by Taylor Smith.  (PB)  (1997)  A contemporary suspense/romance book, The Best of Enemies begins with a bang--literally!  Leya Nash is a professor at a small new England college.  Her life is much more ordered now that she  is on her own since her father was a CIA agent that moved his family extensively.  Still, she isn't particularly happy and is lonely even though she has a man in her life who was "just right" for her--at least everyone else thought so.  Then one of her students--and her Islamic boyfriend, become "persons-of-interest" in the bombing that began the book.  The fact that the girl, Holly, is the daughter of a United States Ambassador is of significance as well.  Then who steps  into the scene but an ex-CIA agent Leya had known (and loved) when she was eighteen and living in Beirut, Lebanon.  Now an FBI agent (of sorts), Peter Van Aken, is his own worst enemy, except for Leya's father, who had Van Aken run out of the CIA for all the wrong reasons.  When Holly turns to Leya for help who can Leya really trust--Peter or her father?  A very good read!
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