Author Interview: Kerri Linder

Posted on Monday, November 16, 2020 by Dewey Decimal Diver

Kerri Linder is a Columbia, MO author who recently came out with her debut book, “Iconic Restaurants of Columbia Missouri.” The book explores Columbia’s culinary history, which is chock-full of restaurants that not only satisfied appetites but also provided gathering places to build community. Born and raised in Columbia, Linder combined her passion for food, local history and meeting new people and started Columbia Culinary Tours in 2014. I recently emailed some interview questions to her, and she was kind enough to take time out of her schedule to write back some answers. Continue reading “Author Interview: Kerri Linder”

Reader Review: This Is How It Always Is

Posted on Monday, November 16, 2020 by patron reviewer

Editor’s note: This reader review was submitted as part of Adult Summer Reading. We will be sharing more throughout the rest of the year.
This is How it Always Is book cover

This Is How It Always Is” by Laurie Frankel is about a family with a gender non-conforming child and how one secret can change a family’s whole dynamic. I loved the story itself and seeing the world from Poppy’s perspective. I didn’t entirely enjoy Penn’s long dramatic monologues. It was a slower read for me, but I feel like it opened my mind to what it would be like to have a big family and a gender non-conforming family member! The universal theme of a family keeping secrets is always interesting, too.

Three words that describe this book: family, secrets, heartwarming

You might want to pick this book up if: You’re a parent or someone who is gender non-conforming or loves someone who is!


Reader Review: Nordic Tales

Posted on Friday, November 13, 2020 by patron reviewer

Editor’s note: This reader review was submitted as part of Adult Summer Reading. We will be sharing more throughout the rest of the year. 

Nordic Tales” is a collection of folktales from several Nordic countries Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, and Denmark accompanied by beautiful illustrations of the tales. There’s a mouse turning into a princess and a polar bear into a prince and a boy who feels no fear.

Some of these tales have familiar threads after all, Hans Christian Andersen was Danish and many folk and fairy tales have similar themes. But many of these were very different from the stories I grew up reading. I greatly enjoyed them.

Three words that describe this book: fantastical, charming, traditional

You might want to pick this book up if: you love fairy tales and are looking for something beyond Hans Christian Andersen or the Grimm brothers.


Debut Author Spotlight: November 2020

Posted on Monday, November 9, 2020 by Katherine

Here are just a few of the highly praised debut novels coming to shelves near you in November. For a longer list, please visit our catalog.

Written in the Stars” by Alexandria Bellefleur

After a disastrous blind date, Darcy Lowell is desperate to stop her well-meaning brother from playing matchmaker ever again. Love — and the inevitable heartbreak — is the last thing she wants. So she fibs and says her latest set up was a success. Darcy doesn’t expect her lie to bite her in the ass.

Elle Jones, one of the astrologers behind the popular Twitter account Oh My Stars, dreams of finding her soul mate. But she knows it is most assuredly not Darcy … a no-nonsense stick-in-the-mud, who is way too analytical, punctual, and skeptical for someone as free-spirited as Elle. When Darcy’s brother — and Elle’s new business partner — expresses how happy he is that they hit it off, Elle is baffled. Was Darcy on the same date? Because … awkward.

Darcy begs Elle to play along and she agrees to pretend they’re dating. But with a few conditions: Darcy must help Elle navigate her own overbearing family during the holidays and their arrangement expires on New Year’s Eve. The last thing they expect is to develop real feelings during a faux relationship. But maybe opposites can attract when true love is written in the stars?

Continue reading “Debut Author Spotlight: November 2020”

Literary Links: Our Many Homes

Posted on Sunday, November 8, 2020 by Alyssa

2020 has been the Year of Staying at Home, and with the cold, grey weather approaching, we are now entering the usual season of staying at home. Spending so much time at home comes with a unique bundle of blessings and hardships for everyone. As someone who has spent most of her adult life jumping around between cities, states and apartments, I cannot pretend to be an expert on committing to a place. My transience has taught me one thing, though: home is more than just your apartment. Your home is also the larger spaces you inhabit: your town, your planet. And the more personal ones: your body and your mind. Given that many of these places are inescapable, it’s a good idea to make peace with, and even learn to love, all of the things that make up your home. Cover of This is Where You Belong

What makes a place feel like home? Melody Warnick explores this idea (called “place attachment”) in “This Is Where You Belong: The Art and Science of Loving the Place You Live” (Viking, 2016). Warnick examines the emotional side of place attachment, while also offering practical advice for readers looking to create a sense of belonging.

In “This Is Home: The Art of Simple Living” (Hardie Grant Books, 2018), Natalie Walton offers photographs of fifteen homes around the world. By interviewing the people who created these homes, Walton seeks to show how each individual can make a living space that makes them happy. Continue reading “Literary Links: Our Many Homes”


Posted on Friday, November 6, 2020 by Ida

For many generations, menstruation was a topic you didn’t publicly discuss, even though it’s a major part of life for roughly half the population. But in the past few years, socials norms have shifted. There’s a growing dialogue, with terms such as “menstrual equity” and “period poverty” making headlines. A number of U.S. cities now provide free period products in their public schools and the restrooms of public buildings, considering them in the same category as toilet paper and hand soap.

Periods Gone PublicJennifer Weiss-Wolf is an activist who works internationally to remove the stigma from periods and to increase access to needed supplies. Her book, “Periods Gone Public, Taking a Stand for Menstrual Equity” is written largely in memoir style, talking about her own efforts to ensure that nobody is held back in life because of menstruation. She discusses the challenges faced by students who miss school due to lack of hygiene products, the difficulties posed by homelessness, the lack of provision in many prisons, and the dilemmas for those with marginal incomes who are faced time and again with choosing between necessities — tampons or food, for instance. Weiss-Wolf advocates for an end to taxes on period products, as well as the stocking of free supplies in all schools, places of employment, and public bathrooms..

Period Power: a Manifesto for the Menstrual Movement” byPeriod Power Nadya Okamoto covers a lot of the same ground, but is aimed at a younger audience and provides more information to help readers understand what’s going on with their bodies, as well as what their options are. Okamoto began writing the book as soon as she graduated from high school in 2016. She includes a section on recognizing the challenges of menstruation for folks who are trans or nonbinary, explaining this is why period products should be placed even in restrooms marked “Men.”

Flash Count DiaryFor every adolescent who feels ill prepared for the onset of menstruation, there’s a person decades older who feels the same way about the changes occurring as that phase of life comes to an end. For many of us, the mothers or aunts we could turn to in our teen years have passed on by the time we reach menopause. In “Flash Count Diary: Menopause and the Vindication of Natural LIfe, ” Darcy Steinke says, “I knew so much more going into both menstruation and pregnancy than I did going into menopause.”  As her body began to change, Steinke kept a literal diary of her hot flashes and other phenomena, such as insomnia and heart palpitations. She points out, though, that these symptoms are not universal, and also shares the positive aspects she found in aging out of menstrual cycles, including an increased sense of self confidence. Her book has a loose structure, often with a stream of consciousness feel, as she muses both on her personal journey and society at large.

The Menopause Maze” by Megan A. Arroll is a compendium of practicalThe Menopause Maze information for anyone trying to decide on the best personal course to take in regards to menopause and its many potential symptoms. The subtitle promises a “Complete Guide to Conventional, Complementary, and Self Help Options.” As such, she covers the risks and benefits of various hormone replacement therapies, strategies for better sleep, when to be concerned about those heart rhythms, diet, exercise, environmental influences, meditation…the whole gamut.


Nonfiction Roundup: November 2020

Posted on Wednesday, November 4, 2020 by Liz

I’m excited to share some of the new nonfiction titles that will be released in November. All of the titles are available to put on hold in our catalog and will also be made available via the library’s Overdrive service on the day of publication. For a more extensive list of new nonfiction books coming out this month, check our online catalog.

Top Picks

Book cover for This Time Next Year We'll Be LaughingThis Time Next Year We’ll Be Laughing” by Jacqueline Winspear (Nov 10)
The New York Times bestselling author of the Maisie Dobbs series offers a deeply personal memoir of her family’s resilience in the face of war and privation. After sixteen novels, Jacqueline Winspear has taken the bold step of turning to memoir, revealing the hardships and joys of her family history. Both shockingly frank and deftly restrained, her memoir tackles such difficult, poignant, and fascinating family memories as her paternal grandfather’s shellshock, her mother’s evacuation from London during the Blitz; her soft-spoken animal-loving father’s torturous assignment to an explosives team during WWII; her parents’ years living with Romani Gypsies; and Jacqueline’s own childhood working on farms in rural Kent, capturing her ties to the land and her dream of being a writer at its very inception. An eye-opening and heartfelt portrayal of a post-War England we rarely see, “This Time Next Year We’ll Be Laughing” is the story of a childhood in the English countryside, of working class indomitability and family secrets, of artistic inspiration and the price of memory. Continue reading “Nonfiction Roundup: November 2020”

Audible Horror

Posted on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 by Alyssa


While I am a strong proponent of celebrating spooky season all year round, sometimes you just don’t have the time to sit down with a good horror novel. Fortunately, there are plenty of horror podcasts and audiobooks that can spook things up while you commute, work out or do housework! Continue reading “Audible Horror”

Horror with a Side of Funny

Posted on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 by Reading Addict

spooky house backlit by the moonI love October! It really is my favorite month with the air turning crisp and the leaves changing color and, of course, Halloween. But I have a small confession to make. I don’t really like scary stories. Except, that is, when the scary is served with a side of funny. Our family has a slew of movies that we watch throughout the month of October and I usually try to read at least one holiday themed book during the month. Continue reading “Horror with a Side of Funny”

Horror Film Favorites

Posted on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 by Dana S

scary image of man with jack'o lantern head in dark room

Fall is my favorite season, and not for pumpkin spice reasons. All summer, I can’t wait for the cool weather so I can wear all the flannel, boots and cardigans, and curl up in a blanket watching horror movies. My personal spooky season started in late August this year; the first time there was a hint of chilliness in the air and maybe one leaf turned sort of orange — it was horror time for me. Here are a few of my horror film favorites.

The ShiningThe Shining Cover

This is one of the first films that got me interestedThe Shining cover in horror when I was in my tweens and I watch it almost every year around Halloween. Whether you’ve seen this movie or not, you probably know “REDRUM” and Jack Nicholson demolishing a door with an axe screaming “Here’s Johnny!” In this horror classic, Jack Torrance becomes the winter caretaker of the Overlook Hotel located in the Colorado Rockies. His son Danny begins having psychic premonitions, and as Jack learns more about the hotel’s dark past, he begins to terrorize his family. Director Stanley Kubrick does a great job at creating a general feeling of unease throughout the film. Continue reading “Horror Film Favorites”