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Kelsey Patterson

This week I’m changing things up a little bit and recommending to you all one of my new favorite authors, Nickolas Butler. Born in Pennsylvania, but raised in Wisconsin, this former hot-dog vendor, potato harvester, and Christmas tree axe-man, has found international success with his wonderfully engaging yet spare writing style, authentic characters, and strong sense of place he is able to evoke in each work.

This week I’m changing things up a little bit and recommending to you all one of my new favorite authors, Nickolas Butler. Born in Pennsylvania, but raised in Wisconsin, this former hot-dog vendor, potato harvester, and Christmas tree axe-man, has found international success with his wonderfully engaging yet spare writing style, authentic characters, and strong sense of place he is able to evoke in each work.

Today, I’m recommending American Eclipse: A Nation’s Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory of the World by former NPR science correspondent and award-winning journalist David Baron. As we prepare ourselves for next week’s first total solar eclipse to cross the U.S. (coast to coast) in 99 years, Baron’s captivating story makes for an enjoyable and informative teaser. 

Today, I’m recommending The Last Days of Night by New York Times bestselling author and Oscar-winning screenwriter Graham Moore. Named one of the best books of the year for 2016 by both The Washington Post and The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Last Days of Night is a thrilling novel based on actual events that took place more than a century ago.

Following the award-winning success of her debut novel, The Good Thief, author Hannah Tinti returns with her second novel, another atmospheric and intricately suspenseful saga centered on a vulnerable child under the care and guidance of an outlaw.  Today, I’m recommending The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti. 

Today, I’m recommending 2001 National Book Award finalist Dan Chaon’s latest Ill Will, a chilling novel of psychological suspense. Dubbed by The Washington Post as “The scariest novel of the year”, their review states that, “Chaon’s novel walks along a garrote stretched taut between Edgar Allan Poe and Alfred Hitchcock.”

Today, I’m recommending Those Who Wish Me Dead by New York Times bestselling author Michael Koryta. Hailed as “a master” and “superb storyteller” by big-name authors like Stephen King, Michael Connelly, and James Patterson, Koryta has crafted a truly heart-thumping, edge of your seat adventure. I couldn’t put it down.  

For more than ten years, One Book One Siouxland has brought the community together to enjoy great books and quality programming that expands the reading experience. Today, I’m excited to recommend the 2017 One Book One Siouxland selection Shoeless Joe by the late W.P. Kinsella. Written while Kinsella attended the Iowa Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa, and originally published in 1982, this much beloved and magical baseball novel continues to resonate with readers of all ages.  

Today, I’m recommending The Antiques by Kris D’Agostino, an irresistibly funny family drama jam-packed with deeply flawed yet loveable characters.

Today, I’m recommending The Firebrand and the First Lady: Portrait of a Friendship: Pauli Murray, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the Struggle for Social Justice by Patricia Bell-Scott.

Longlisted for the National Book Award, this groundbreaking book—two decades in the making—tells the story of how a brilliant writer-turned-activist, granddaughter of a mulatto slave, and the first lady of the United States, whose ancestry gave her membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution forged an enduring, unforgettable friendship.

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