Thursday, May 9, 2013

Books Moms Will Love at the Library

This article was scheduled to be published in the Dakota County Star for the South Sioux City Public Library.  It did not make it into this week's paper, but it is here.

Books Moms Will Love at the Library
Mother’s Day is on May 12th.  Pick up one of these books about moms and motherhood.

Mom & Me & Mom by Maya Angelou details what brought her mother to send her away, and unearths the well of emotions she experienced long afterward as a result.-from the catalog record.

Bringing Up Bebe:  One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting: explores the secret behind astonishingly well-behaved children.

Dan Brown:  An Evening of Codes, Symbols and Secrets: Dan Brown, the bestselling author of The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons and The Lost Symbol will speak live at Lincoln Center on Wednesday night May 15th at 6:30 p.m. CST.  The South Sioux City Public Library invites you to be a part of this event via live simulcast.

Dan Brown is the author of numerous #1 bestselling novels, including The Da Vinci Code, which has become one of the best selling novels of all time as well as the subject of heated debate among readers and scholars. Brown’s novels are published in 52 languages around the world with 200 million copies in print.

In 2005, Brown was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by TIME Magazine, whose editors credited him with “keeping the publishing industry afloat; renewed interest in Leonardo da Vinci and early Christian history; spiking tourism to Paris and Rome; a growing membership in secret societies; the ire of Cardinals in Rome; eight books denying the claims of the novel and seven guides to read along with it; a flood of historical thrillers; and a major motion picture franchise.”

Brown is the son of a mathematics teacher and church organist; he developed an interest in the paradoxical relationship between science and religion.  These themes eventually formed the backdrop of his books. 

This event is in promotion of Brown’s new book entitled Inferno.

Cover to Cover Book Discussion, Killing LincolnCover to Cover Book Discussion Group will discuss Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly on Monday May 13th at 6:30 p.m.  This book discussion is part of the Lincoln:  the Constitution and the Civil War programming.
Looking Forward to June, Marita Placek, author of Legends and Lore of the Outlaw Trail, will hold a book talk and signing at the library on Tuesday June 4th at 6:30 p.m.  The history of northern Nebraska where Highway 12 is now located has resulted in some of Nebraska’s most colorful tales of lawlessness and vigilantes.
Many of the stories are about characters like Kid Wade, Jesse James and Doc Middleton.

Marci Broyhill’s cowboy poetry program will be held on Monday June 10th at 6:30 p.m.  This program was cancelled earlier this year and we are proud to have the opportunity to reschedule this appearance.

Teresa Kay Orr will do a concert for us on Tuesday June 11th at 6:30 p.m.  Teresa has a broad repertoire that ranges from classic music of the 1950’s and 1960’s to Western music.  Come out and enjoy this evening of music.

O, Pioneers! - Willa Cather’s Second First Novel a presentation by Andrew Jewell will be held on Wednesday June 12th at 6:30 p.m.  Andy Jewell, editor of the Willa Cather Archive ( and co-editor of the new Selected Letters of Willa Cather, will discuss the story behind the writing and publishing of O Pioneers!, the 2013 “One Book, One Nebraska” selection that is also celebrating its 100th anniversary. The book, which Cather called her second “first novel,” emerged at a critical period in Cather’s life. In 1912, she had just left her job at McClure’s Magazine and ventured to Arizona to visit her brother. Her experiences there–and the confidence she regained–made her feel that her “mind had been freshly washed and ironed, and were ready for a new life.” With O Pioneers! she attempted a new kind of writing, something far afield from the Boston and London environs of her first novel, Alexander’s Bridge. With this new style, as she told her friend, she “hit the home pasture.” Jewell’s talk will draw heavily on Cather’s biography and, especially, her letters of the period to provide a behind-the-scenes look into the creation of O Pioneers!

Have a happy Mother’s Day and read some good books.

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