Summer Reading List – Adults

Are you looking for something to read this summer? New author? Break out of your comfort zone? Here are a few suggestions:

FICTION

And When She Was Good by Laura Lippman (FIC LIP and OverDrive)
The owner of an escort service must disappear from her life when the murderer she secretly sent to prison is released and may discover he is her child’s father.

The Andalucian Friend: A Novel by Alexander Söderberg (OverDrive)
Nurse Sophie Brinkmann’s life changes when one of her patients turns out to be a crime syndicate leader.

The Apple Orchard by Susan Wiggs (FIC WIG and OverDrive)
Tess Delaney authenticates antiques for an auction house until the pull of a family she didn’t know she had, takes her to an estate in a small town in California.

The Art Of Fielding : A Novel by Chad Harbach (OverDrive)
A college baseball star launches a routine throw that inadvertently changes the lives of five people, including the college president.

The House Girl by Tara Conklin (FIC CON and OverDrive)
Lena Sparrow, a lawyer in contemporary New York, finds secrets and questions in the art world and her family when she searches for a descendant of a pre-Civil War runaway slave.

Lovers Dictionary by David Levithan (FIC LEV)
Two lovers live out the story of their relationship through short dictionary excerpts written in provocative and captivating prose, providing a visceral look at love.

The Middlesteins by Jami Attenberg (FIC ATT)
Two siblings with very different personalities attempt to control their mother’s food obsession and massive weight gain after their father walks out.

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan (FIC SLO)
When a website designer on the night shift at a San Francisco bookstore begins to notice mysterious patterns, he uses technological wizardry to decode a secret message.

The Paris Wife: A Novel by Paula McLain (FIC MCL and OverDrive)
Following a whirlwind courtship and wedding, Ernest and Hadley Hemingway set sail for Paris, where they become the golden couple in a lively, volatile group.

Pure by Julianna Baggott (FIC BAG)
In a post-apocalyptic world, Partridge, a “Pure”, leaves the Dome to search for his missing mother and meets Pressia, a survivor with a doll’s head fused onto her hand.

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion (FIC SIM)
Sparks fly when a socially maladroit, marriage-minded geneticist helps a quirky barmaid find her biological father, and slowly realizes that this Ms. Wrong might be Right for him.

Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey (FIC IVE)
In 1920s Alaska, a childless couple builds a girl made of snow who seemingly comes to life.

NonFiction

Brain On Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan (616.8 CAH and OverDrive)
A young New York Post reporter struggles for a month with a rare autoimmune disease that attacks her brain.

Far from the tree : parents, children and the search for identity by Andrew Solomon (362.4 SOL)
Years of interviews provide insights into parenting and how genetic differences fundamentally challenge individuals and families, personal identity, and nurturing acceptance.

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain (155.2 CAI and OverDrive)
The proudly introverted author investigates differences between extroversion and introversion, portrays the lives of successful introverts, and argues that extroversion has been unfairly valued in our society.

The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown (797.12 BRO)
The Boys in the Boat celebrates the 1936 U.S. men’s Olympic eight-oar rowing team—nine working class boys who stormed the rowing world, transformed the sport, and galvanized the attention of millions of Americans.

Son of a Gun by Justin St. Germain (364.15 ST and OverDrive)
Tombstone, Arizona, September 2001. Debbie St. Germain’s death, apparently at the hands of her fifth husband, is a passing curiosity. “A real-life old West murder mystery,” the local TV announcers intone, while barroom gossips snicker cruelly. But for her twenty-year-old son, Justin St. Germain, the tragedy marks the line that separates his world into before and after.

Dakota by Cris Fulton

Photography exhibit

The Bowman Regional Public Library is pleased to present Dakota West, a solo exhibition of new work by Cris Fulton. Please join us on June 7, from 2-4 p.m., for the exhibition opening and to meet the artist. The work will be on display through July.

In the exhibition, Fulton presents a series of photographs of the Little Missouri grasslands and North Dakota Badlands. Fulton loves the wildness and wideness, the solitude, silence and spirit of the southwestern region of North Dakota. These photographs capture the expansive liberation, the reverence and beauty of this frontier region of America.

Cris Fulton is a Bowman artist who has specializes in pastel drawings and photographs of sunflowers and the North Dakota landscape. She has a BA in Art from the University of North Dakota and has been an artist and photographer for well over three decades. Her work has been shown at galleries in Minneapolis, Taos, Santa Fe, North Dakota and Montana including the offices of Governor John Hoeven, the Rider Gallery at Dickinson State University, and the Dickinson State Art Gallery. The North Dakota Art Gallery Association sponsored a touring exhibition of her prairie landscapes
from 2009 to 2011. Several of her large colorful sunflower drawings are in the collection of the Jamestown Regional Medical Center. In 2012, Fulton won the Best of Show award for a grassland drawing at the 42nd Annual Badlands Art Show in Dickinson, North Dakota. Fulton has been invited to exhibit at the WaterWorks Art Musuem in Miles City, Montana and the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame in Medora, North Dakota. She has also shown at the Matthews Opera House & Arts Center in Spearfish, South Dakota and the Bismarck Downtown Artists Cooperative.

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Technology classes

The Center for Technology & Business, USDA, Rural Development and the Bowman County Development Corporation are bringing Technology classes to the Bowman area!

March 27: Online Business Reputation Management

April 24:  Social Media for Professional Use

May 22: Investment in Efficiency for Businesses through Mobile Apps

June 26: WordPress Blogging and Website Presence

July 24: Virtual IT and Cloud Usage for Small Businesses

August 28: Mobile POS Systems and Accepting Electronic Payments

Workshops are 9AM – Noon at the Bowman Regional Public Library. Please register by calling (701) 523-5880. There is a $10, non-refundable registration fee for each session. Door prizes provided by Microsoft!

What’s happening at the library?

In today’s world of instant information through the internet, it may  seem as though libraries have lost their usefulness.

While this certainly has changed the way information is accessed, libraries are as important as ever in this process. In fact, many of our reference questions are as much about finding websites or setting up electronic devices as they are about finding books. With that in mind, we’d like to offer a few more useful websites to our patrons.

Because laughter is new Prozac, leading the list this week is the always hilarious and shamefully irreverent, The Onion. This website provides a mix of sharp and perfectly timed satirical articles about current events disguised as real news. Both highly offensive and humorous, this website it not safe for work.

Next, for all you chefs out there, check out Cookinglight.com. This site is loaded with great recipes of all imaginable styles. Gluten free, vegan, Mediterranean diet…it’s all there. If you like what you see, you can download the app onto your IPad, tablet or smartphone, and get cookin!

Trying to figure out how to do something, like fix a leaky faucet or build a log cabin? Try YouTube. Seriously! You’d be amazed what you can find! Besides having videos that could potentially save your soul, destroy your faith in humanity, or just help you learn to moonwalk, it really is a great resource for how-to videos.  And finally, this week’s featured TEDTALK is a six minute talk by Lisa Bu titled How Books can Open Your Mind. This short, sweet talk is worth your time.

We’d like to invite you all to participate in our next book discussion on The Monuments Men: Allied Heros, Nazi Theives, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History by Robert M. Edsel which will be held March 30th at 2 pm, here at the library. Remember, even if you haven’t finished to book and would like to listen anyway, please feel free to attend.

Mrs. King’s upcoming Story Time themes include Sharks, Sheep, Colors, and many more exciting activities. If you have preschool aged children, please join herWednesday mornings at 10:30 for reading and crafting adventures!

Our New Books shelf is sagging this month! The long awaited “Stone Cold” by C.J. Box is finally here so be sure and get your name on the list for that title. Also, Elly Griffiths, James Patterson, William Fortschen, and Harlen Coben have new books out. A wise person once said “Any book you haven’t read is a new book.” With that in mind, come a look through the shelves and see what new adventures lie waiting to be enjoyed.  Please stop in and see what we’ve got.

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