Time for Romance

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Feb 052013

Who needs a real-life Valentine when Janet Evanovich and Dorien Kelly have provided readers with a fictional one in their new novel The Husband List? This historical romance, set in New York City during the Gilded Age of the 1890s, follows American heiress Caroline Maxwell’s quest to find a husband. Caroline can’t seem to resolve her desire for love and adventure with her mother’s hope that her daughter will land a titled husband. When handsome Irish-American Jack Culhane returns to town, Caroline decides that Jack is the man she must marry–no matter what her mother does to oppose the match.

Jan 292013

Can’t get enough of the TV hit “Downton Abbey”? Readers looking for fiction in a similar vein should try Fay Weldon’s Habits of the House. The novel begins in 1899 when the Earl of Dilberne’s privileged existence is threatened by the debts he can no longer ignore. The only way out is for his son or daughter to marry into wealth, but neither his suffragette daughter nor his mistress-keeping son seems up to the task of finding a spouse. An American family with new money and an eligible daughter could be the family’s only way out of collapse, but as the new couple gets to know each other, the secrets they are keeping could ruin everyone’s plans.

Jan 032013

2013 Reading Challenge

“Ring in the new year: The century is officially a teenager! What will you do with your 2013? January is that magical time of goal-making. Will you learn a new language or commit to the gym twice a week? More importantly, how many books will you read? Make a reading resolution with the 2013 Reading Challenge, and Goodreads will help you hit your target.”


Dec 262012

Great Gatsby movie

The Great Gatsby hits theaters in May.  Read the classic again or for the very first time as part of Menomonie’s Big Read event in April.  The community-wide read of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s American classic The Great Gatsby kicks off April 4 at the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts.  This Big Read event is co-sponsored by the library and the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts and is made possible by a grant from The National Endowment for the Arts.