Winter Wheat: a vivid sense of place, in 1940’s Montana

“September is like a quiet day after a whole week of wind.”

The opening line of Mildred Walker’s most popular novel, Winter Wheat, sets the tone for the metaphors of the farming and natural worlds that bring this book to life.

Arranged is a modern romance with a twist

The premise of this book both intrigued and repelled me. People choosing to pay big bucks to marry a stranger? Even with the year of marriage counseling and the foundation in friendship rather than love, I was skeptical of the whole affair. I mean, I like to read romance novels. And I didn’t really see how this was going to turn out satisfying for any of us, the readers or the characters.

Creative ways to make and listen to music as a family

A new book from folk singers Nerissa Nields and Katryna Nields offers all families (even the ones who don’t consider themselves “musical”) ideas and instruction. Plus, watch a video of Lissa and her sister singing a Nields song together on a car ride with a 2 year old. Because that’s what making music as a family is all about!

HUSH: a podcast from your library – Episode 17 – Books for Guys

HUSH: a podcast discussion from your library about books and movies. This episode (34:48) focuses on Books for Guys with guests Dave Coleman and Nate Hohl — have you read any of their recommendations? subscribe on iTunes, plus continue the discussion on the library’s Goodreads group!

HUSH: a podcast from your library – Episode 16 – Best of 2011

Listen to Thad, Lissa and Stephanie banter about recent best books in the HUSH podcast (44:40), Have you read any of our recommendations? What were your best books of 2011? Subscribe on iTunes and continue the discussion on the library’s Goodreads group!