2017-12-01 / BookBag

Winter Is Coming... Is Your Bookshelf Ready?

Maria Burchill | Schlow Centre Region Library

With winter weather fast descending on our valley, now is the time to try new authors and explore new worlds. Because you’ve heard from me so often in the past year, I thought I’d hit up some other librarians here at Schlow for a title or two. Their suggestions can always help you and your family discover new favorites. You can find more of our reviews on Twitter (#Librarianscut), Tumblr and at Is your interest piqued? Reserve a copy at

The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris
by David McCullough
McCullough’s 2012 book isn’t as well-known as some of his others, and that’s a shame. The story he tells is fascinating, as the Americans who lived in Paris from 1830-1900 constitute a veritable who’s who of American culture at the time — including James Fenimore Cooper, Mark Twain and Teddy Roosevelt.
—Brady Clemens, District Library Consultant

Dear Fahrenheit 451: Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks: A Librarian’s Love Letters and Breakup Notes to the Books in Her Life
by Annie Spence
Librarians have deep and strange relationships with books, and I wish I’d written Annie Spence’s book about it. She perfectly captures the romance and heartbreak in her hilarious and touching letters to the books in her life. This is a perfect read for anyone who feels their life has been made better — and worse — by the books in it.
—Amy Madison, Adult Services Librarian

The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic
by Leigh Bardugo
As the winter sun sets far too early, get cozy and dive into Leigh Bardugo’s newest entry into her worldbuilding phenomenon the Grishaverse. Steeped in classic folklore and draped with Bardugo’s trademark flair for the dark and dramatic, this collection of tales is sure to unnerve and enchant both stout-hearted newcomers and Grisha fans alike.
—Kayley Holdridge, Adult Services Assistant

The Earth Is Weeping: The Epic Story of the Indian Wars for the American West
by Peter Cozzens
“I am tired; my heart is sick and sad. From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more forever.” Nez Perce Chief Joseph’s words will linger for readers who reflect on the tragic history lessons of the Western Expansion, which traumatized good and bad personalities on both sides.
—Cathi Alloway, Schlow Library Director

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