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Check It Out is a weekly spotlight on literature and book culture that Siouxland Public Media co-produces with the Sioux City Public Library

Support for Check It Out comes from Avery Brothers.

What would you do if you were married to a potential killer? In Fiona Barton’s debut novel, The Widow, she tackles this exact question.

Before his demise, Glen was the number one suspect in the abduction and potential murder of two-year-old Bella Elliott, who was kidnapped from her front lawn –years ago, much to the dismay and heartbreak of her mother.

One of my all-time favorite stories is J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, so I take it to heart when someone was to add to the story. Peter Pan, while amazing, let me with a lot of unanswered questions.

How did Peter get to the island? Who taught him to fly? Where did the pirates come from? How did Peter and Tinkerbell meet? Why, if fairy dust allows people to fly, is Peter the only one who can fly without it?

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. 

This book highlights important women in wrestling from the past and present and also shows the evolution of women’s wrestling from its beginnings as a sideshow act to its current state in 2017, where female wrestlers are big stars, just like their male counterparts.

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.”

Maddy, a loving stay at home wife and mother, seems to have it all. She will drop anything to help her friends, lives for her daughter’s happiness, and has a husband who provides financially for anything she needs. Maddy is the true cornerstone of her family.

With spring in full swing here in Siouxland, baseball has exploded across our television screens. Big name ball players are once again blasting home runs and up-and-coming rookies are working to make a name for themselves. Where Nobody Knows Your Name introduces us to nine men who are trying to fulfill their dream of making it to the major leagues, as either a player, manager, or even an umpire. The 2012 baseball season serves as the setting as these men toil in the International League, a triple A league that is just below the majors.

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.  

Nothing new under the sun is a common sentiment when it comes to remakes or retellings of popular books and movies. And while oftentimes that feeling might ring true when we read a classic work that has been redone, Marissa Meyer’s teen series The Lunar Chronicles breaks through. 

Check It Out: Another Brooklyn

Feb 28, 2017

Today, I am recommending Another Brooklyn, a new adult novel by Jacqueline Woodson.  Woodson has written more than two dozen award-winning books for young adults, middle graders and children.  She was the 2014 National Book Award Winner for her bestselling memoir, Brown Girl Dreaming--which also won the Coretta Scott King Award, the NAACP Image Award, and was a Newbery Honor book. 

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