Dont’ You Cry – Book Discussion with the author, Mary Kubica

IL Reads - Don't You Cry

I bet it’s a great book, but I tell you, that title does not make me feel like something good is about to happen.

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Fall into Reading: *Our Most Anticipated Books of the Fall

Fall Books

by Chris Schluep, September 06, 2017, first appearing on Omnivoracious

As book lovers, we know that the close of summer is something to anticipate. Maybe there aren’t as many beachy reads available–but the ones that are on the horizon are BIG ones. Stephen King. Michael Connelly. Nora Roberts. Ken Follett. Janet Evanovich. John Grisham. And Dan Brown. BIG.

But fall is also the traditional season of serious nonfiction. Walter Isaacson has written a book on Leonardo da Vinci. Ron Chernow has a huge biography coming out on Ulysses Grant (in this book, I learned that the “S” in U. S. Grant was the result of a fortunate clerical error that Grant decided to keep). And National Book Award-winner Ta-Nehisi Coates has a collection of essays coming out in October.

In literature, some other names that stand out are Jennifer Egan, John Green, Celeste Ng, and Jeffrey Eugenides.

But that’s really just scratching the surface. There are lots of books in our Fall Reading list. Some of the authors will be familiar, but it’s our hope you’ll discover new ones as well. Have a look. And happy reading!

(Oh, and cookbooks. There are lots of new cookbooks.)

*”Our” referring to the writers of Omnivoracious, Amazon.com’s book blog

Learn Your Library Resources: Services Edition – Notary Public and Passport Service at the Library

Special thanks to the Children’s Department Blog and Marta for writing this brief intro to two of our library’s most helpful services. 

NOTARY PUBLIC AND PASSPORT SERVICES AT YOUR LIBRARY!

Many libraries offer services that might surprise a few people. Two unusual things we offer are Notary Public and Passport services.

Notary

A notary public can witness a signature on a document with a proper photo ID. Remember not to sign the document, the notary must see you sign the document. There is a small fee for this service.

Passport EmblemYes, you can apply for a passport at our library! We have several passport acceptance agents who are trained by the Department of State to accept your application. Applications are available on line or you may pick one up at the library. You can also get your passport photo taken at the library, just let us know when you sign up for an appointment.

Unlike many places these services are available in the evening or on Saturdays.

Even Libraries Need Friends!

National friends of libraries week

Friends groups and foundations help libraries across the country enhance their services and programming by helping the libraries face budgetary challenges and the technological demands of today.

The Moline Public Library Friends Foundation is a volunteer group founded in 1990 and dedicated to supporting the Moline Public Library in order to enhance the services provided to library patrons. Its efforts, through the Friends run book store and fund raising, have provided the library with hundreds of thousands of dollars that were used to provide great and exciting services and programs.

So, if you love your library, thank a Friend today. Or better yet, become one!

The 10 Best Female Detectives in Fiction Written by Women

Female Detectives

Photo © Shutterstock

by Keith Rice, 

There’s nothing like a good mystery novel when the need for a bit of page-turning escapism arises. Detective work is often (mistakenly) attributed to the old boy’s club; indeed, Hercule Poirot, Sam Spade, and of course Mr. Sherlock Holmes take up a fair chunk of pop-culture fiction real estate. These good and wily gentlemen, however, do have quite a bit of competition from their female counterparts. The mystery genre has long benefited from the solid woman’s footprint in the genre, both on the character side and the author side – and many of these female detectives are repeat investigators. The recurring sleuths below are just a few of our favorites.

Y is for Yesterday by Sue Grafton

Sue Grafton’s long-running Kinsey Millhone novels, also known as the “alphabet mysteries,” introduced mystery fans to Ms. Millhone, a hard-boiled private detective from fictional Santa Teresa, California, in 1982. With Grafton’s latest, Y Is for Yesterday, now available, there’s no better time to dive into Santa Teresa’s decidedly sordid criminal underworld.

Speaking in Bones by Kathy Reichs

Temperance Brennan is arguably best known from the hit Fox series, “Bones,” an adaptation of Kathy Reichs’s mystery series. At eighteen novels and counting, there’s certainly plenty of the literary life of Temperance Brennan to delve into. All the elements are there – edge-of-your-seat suspense, gruesome crime scenes, and plenty of bones.

Still Midnight by Denise Mina

Noir can be an interesting beast with all of its regional subgenres. In the case of Denise Mina and her world-weary Detective Inspector Alex Morrow, it just happens to be the Tartan Noir of Scotland. Much like its hard-boiled cousin in the Nordic countries, Tartan Noir is known for its bleak cynicism and oft-brutal crime. With Still Midnight, Morrow must contend with a bizarre murder/kidnapping, police force politics, and her own increasingly complicated personal life.

The House of Unexpected Sisters by Alexander McCall Smith

Precious Ramotswe is Botswana’s premiere detective and the proprietor of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. She also happens to be a particularly cunning and observant detective – and one of our personal favorites, so we’ve allowed for Alexander McCall Smith to be the one honorary male writer on this list. The delightful, bestselling series will see its eighteenth book released in early November – but you can dive in anyplace in the series. And while a bit less hard-boiled than some others on this list, Precious is certainly among the most engaging.

Tricky Twenty-Two by Janet Evanovich

Stephanie Plum, a detective somewhere on a spectrum that runs from Nancy Drew to Dirty Harry, is the occasionally hapless, always resourceful bounty hunter at the center of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum seriesLooking for a way to make ends meet, Plum, a former lingerie buyer, once blackmailed her way into a bounty hunting job as part of her cousin’s bail bond business. Myriad hijinks have since ensued.

O Jerusalem by Laurie R. King

With her sleuth Mary Russell, Laurie R. King has created one of the most intriguing detectives on this list. After a chance encounter with a semi-retired Sherlock Holmes, Russell found herself as the master detective’s protégé and eventually his wife. In their first adventure, with Russell still serving as Holmes’s apprentice, the duo find themselves navigating a labyrinthine mystery and a rash of murders against the rising tensions of British-occupied Palestine.

Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead by Sara Gran

Who doesn’t like a good, wise-cracking, hardboiled detective whose past is a bit of a mystery? In the case of Sara Gran’s Claire DeWitt, that’s exactly what you get. Employing some unorthodox techniques – and by unorthodox we mean lucid dreaming and drug-induced visions – DeWitt is one of the more interesting detectives on this list. Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead sees the natural-born sleuth unraveling a mystery in a post-Katrina New Orleans.

Sun Storm by Asa Larsson

This is an entry in another regional noir subgenres – Nordic Noir. It’s a genre well-known for its dense plotting, brutal crimes, tortured protagonists, and bleak themes. Asa Larsson’s Sun Storm is no different and attorney Rebecka Martinsson is as tortured as they come. In this latest installment in the series, Martinsson returns to the hometown she left in disgrace to confront her own dark past amid a series of vicious murders.

Postmortem by Patricia Cornwell

Patricia Cornwall is arguably one of contemporary crime fiction’s most influential writers. Her first novel, 1990’s Postmortem, introduced us to her longtime protagonist, medical examiner and forensic specialist Dr. Kay Scarpetta. Postmortem also garnered Cornwell a host of awards including an Edgar, and the author’s detail-heavy thrillers paved the way for TV series like “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.” In the novel that started it all, Scarpetta is drawn into the hunt for a particularly savvy serial killer.

Killer Look by Linda Fairstein

Assistant District Attorney Alexandra Cooper seems to have a knack for landing in the middle of particularly perilous situations. In Killer Look, the most recent in Linda Fairstein’s Alexandra Cooper series, the seasoned D.A. is pulled into the investigation of an apparent suicide against the backdrop of the flashy New York fashion scene. With her job  in jeopardy and her own PTSD on the verge of overtaking her, Killer Look could hold in its pages Cooper’s most dangerous case yet.