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October 2019 Newsletter

 

Fall is one of my favorite times of the year. The colors, the smell of fallen leaves, and the crisp air. As the nights get longer and colder, it's nice to have a book to curl up with. It's a busy time of year in the publishing industry for new book releases. There are so many great books coming out. We've listed some below, but be sure to stop by the store to check out our large selection. Our staff is happy to help you find a book you can enjoy digging into. We also carry maps for you hunters looking to fill your freezers with wild game. Calendars for 2020 are also starting come in as well. Many of you already have things to record for the new year. We carry a pretty extensive selection of calendars each year. 

Don't overlook the little ghosts and goblins in your life. There are so many fun Halloween books to give to them. Titles such as The Scarecrow, Laugh-out-Loud Halloween Jokes, Where's the Witch, My big Book of Halloween Activities, and many others . We also carry Halloween cards, and all-occasion greeting cards. Come take a look at the puzzles, games, reading lights, and other fun items we stock.

 

"Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble." 

                              ~~ William Shakespeare

 

 

 

Hunting for Bucks in October!

Hunting for Bucks, a cooperative Shop Local campaign, sponsored by the City of Sheridan, Downtown Sheridan Association, and the Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce, will be running during the month of October. Shop with local retailers and get entered to win Chamber Bucks. Drawings will be held each week. It's our way of saying thank you for shopping local!

 

 

Book Signing with Kurt Steinke

October 26th 12-2 pm

The Marshal of Big Trails

 

The Marshal of Big Trails walks the reader through the true stories of the Ten Sleep country as well as the Johnson County War, culminating in the Spring Creek Sheep Raid. This historical fiction is an exciting ride through Wyoming's unique history with characters you won't soon forget.

 

Staff Picks for October!

 

The Body: A Guide for occupants by Bill Bryson

Release date 10/15/19

Mysterious and miraculous, the human body is more than a masterfully engineered biological machine. And Bryson (The Road to Little Dribbling, 2016) serves as a delightful tour guide to nearly every component, protuberance, and crevice of it: skin, brain, sensory apparatus, heart, blood, bones, lungs, guts, immune system, genitourinary organs. Sleep, memory, hormones, pain, and aging are also explored. Peculiar bodily functions —hiccups, yawning, crying —are examined. We produce three types of tears (lubricating, reflex, and emotional). We blink about 14,000 times a day. The plethora of facts presented runs the gamut from mind-boggling to bizarre. A teaspoon of human blood contains around 25-billion erythrocytes. A typical American will eat about 60 tons (yes, tons!) of food during a lifetime. At the other end, an adult will eliminate roughly 180 pounds of poop annually. The runty Y chromosome has been shrinking for millions of years. Fifty-nine elements are necessary to build a body. Carbon, oxygen, hydrogen, nitrogen, calcium, and phosphorous make up about 99-percent of it, but would you have guessed a bit of tin and zirconium are necessary, too? Bryson's splendid stroll through human anatomy, physiology, evolution, and illness (diabetes, cancer, infections) is instructive, accessible, and entertaining.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2019, American Library Association.)

 

The Night Fire by Michael Connelly   

Release Date 10/22/19

A cold case pulls Harry Bosch back from retirement and into another eventful partnership with Detective Renée Ballard of the LAPD. The widow of Bosch's retired mentor, Detective John Jack Thompson, has a present for Bosch, and it's a doozy: the murder book for the unsolved killing of ex-con John Hilton, shot to death in his car one night nearly 20 years ago, which Thompson swiped from the archives without authorization or explanation. Bosch, who wonders why Thompson lifted the murder book if he didn't intend to work the case, is eager to take a crack at it himself, but he needs the resources that only an active partner can provide. But Ballard, settled into the routine of the midnight shift after her exile from Robbery-Homicide (Dark Sacred Night, 2018), has just started working her own case, the arson that killed Eddie, a homeless man, inside his tent. As if that's not enough criminal activity, Bosch's half brother, Lincoln lawyer Mickey Haller, faces the apparently hopeless defense of Jeffrey Herstadt, who not only left his DNA under the fingernail of Walter Montgomery, the Superior Court judge he's accused of killing, but also obligingly confessed to the murder. Working sometimes in tandem, more often separately, and sometimes actively against the cops who naturally bridle at the suggestion that any of their own theories or arrests might be flawed, Ballard and Bosch slog through the usual dead ends and fruitless rounds of questioning to link two murders separated by many years to a single hired killer. The most mysterious question of all--why did John Jack Thompson steal that murder book in the first place?--is answered suddenly, casually, and surprisingly. Middling for this standout series but guaranteed to please anyone who thinks the cops sometimes get it wrong. COPYRIGHT(2019) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

 

Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout

Release Date 10/15/19

Has Olive mellowed? She is still irascible, she still speaks her mind with unflinching honesty, but age and the death of her husband, Henry, have worn away some of her edge: "I feel like I've become, oh, just a tiny —tiny —bit better as a person," she says at one point. Strout's latest work—like Olive Kitteridge (2008), a collection of stories set in the coastal town of Crosby, Maine —takes Olive from her early seventies into her eighties, through a surprising marriage to Jack Kennison, a second widowhood, a heart attack, a kind of rapprochement with son Christopher, and, finally, a move into Maple Tree Apartments, "that place for old people." And also like Olive Kitteridge, in several of the stories, Olive steps aside while other characters, some bussed in from Strout's novels, take center stage and lend their own voices and perspectives. Love, loss, regret, the complexities of marriage, the passing of time, and the astonishing beauty of the natural world are abiding themes, along with "the essential loneliness of people" and the choices they make "to keep themselves from that gaping darkness." Unmissable, especially for readers who loved Olive Kitteridge. (Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2019, American Library Association.)

 

The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes  

Release date 10/8/19

Moyes' 16th book (after Still Me) takes place in Depression-era Kentucky, where bride Alice Wright is trying to fit in. This is not how she imagined her glamorous American life when she left her native England. Her new husband, Bennett Van Cleve, is ruled by his overbearing father, and even the family housekeeper views her with suspicion. When a local woman asks for volunteers for the WPA Packhorse Library, Alice steps forward, despite the objections of her father-in-law and husband. From Marge, the fiercely independent and unconventional woman who runs the library, to Sophia, who left the Louisville "colored" library to care for her brother, the story of these packhorse librarians unfolds as they bring books to the people living in poverty in the Appalachian hills and fight the prejudice against women and African Americans that may result in the library being closed. A murder and unrest among the coal miners add to a tale of a fascinating and difficult time.

 

 

New Releases for October 2019!

 

October 1

Cilka's Journey

Heather Morris

 

White Bird: A Wonder Story

R.J. Palacio

 

Return of the Temujai

(Brotherband Chronicles #8)

John Flanagan

 

Quantum

Patricia Cornwell

 

Bloody Genius

John Sandford

 

The Fountains of Silence

Ruta Sepetys

 

The Christmas Boutique

Jennifer Chiaverini

 

Full Throttle: Stories

Joe Hill

October 8

The Giver of Stars

Jojo Moyes

 

Molly: The True Story of the Dog Who Rescues Cats

Colin Butcher

 

What Happens in Paradise

Elin Hilderbrand

 

Heart of the Moors: An Original Maleficent

Holly Black

 

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: The Illustrated Edition

J.K. Rowling

 

Letters From an Astrophysicist

Neil DeGrasse Tyson

 

Passing: A Memoir of Love and Death

Michael Korda

October 15

The Guardians

John Grisham

 

Stealth

Stuart Woods

 

The Crayons' Christmas

Drew Daywalt

 

Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years

Julie Andrews

 

A Pilgrimage to Eternity

Timothy Egan

 

The Body: A Guide for Occupants

Bill Bryson

 

A Dog's Promise

W. Bruce Cameron

 

Rachael Ray 50: Memories and Meals From a Sweet and Savory Life

Rachael Ray

October 22

The Night Fire

Michael Connelly

 

The Deserter

Nelson Demille

 

To the Land of Long Lost Friends

Alexander McCall Smith

 

The New Frontier

Ree Drummond

 

Dork Diaries 14: Tales from a Not-so-best Friend Forever

Rachel Renee Russell



October 29

Blue Moon

Lee Child

 

Forgotten

P.C. Cast

 

Hymns of the Republic

S.C. Gwynne

 

The Monthly Recipe Corner

 

"Bobby at Home"

 

"End-of-Summer Tomato Soup"

Serves 4 to 6

 

Fried Tortillas (See Note)

Canola Oil or peanut oil

2 flour tortillas, cut into long, thin strips

2 corn tortillas, cut into long, thin strips

Kosher salt

Soup

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 medium red onion, coarsely chopped

2 garlic cloves, chopped

1 cup dry white wine

8 overly ripe beefsteak tomatoes (about 4 pounds total),

   seeded and coarsely chopped

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

                                                           Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

                                                           Grated white cheddar cheese

                                                           Diced Avocado

                                                           Chopped fresh cilantro

1.    Make the fried tortillas: Line a plate with paper towels and set it nearby. Fill a high-sided medium sauté pan with 1 inch of oil. Heat the oil over medium-high heat to 350 F (use a deep-fry thermometer). Working in batches, add the tortilla strips and fry until just crisp, 20 to 30 seconds. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the tortilla strips to the paper towel-lined plate and immediately season with salt.

2.    Make the soup: Heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan over high heat. Add the onion and cook until soft, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add the wine and cook until reduced by half. Add the tomatoes and enough water just to cover them. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium. Simmer until the tomatoes are very soft and starting to break down, about 30 minutes.

3.    Working in batches, if needed, carefully transfer the mixture to a food processor and process until smooth. Return the mixture to the saucepan and season with the cayenne and salt and black pepper to taste. Bring to a simmer over high heat and cook for 5 minutes.

4.    Ladle into bowls and garnish each with cheese, avocado, cilantro, and a few fried tortilla strips.

 

          Note: You can use store-bought fried or baked corn tortilla chips instead of making your   

               own tortilla strips.

 

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