Thursday, June 27, 2013

The Noir Series published by Akashic Books

Twin Cities Noir offers short crime stories set in Minneapolis and Saint Paul.
"Every city has its share of crime, but what makes the Twin Cities unique may be that we have more than our share of good writers to chronicle it. They are homegrown and they know the territory - how the cities look from the inside, out. Some have built reputations on crime fiction, others are playing with the genre for the first time, but all of them have a strong sense of this place and its people." from the introduction.


Manila Noir is a book of short stories representing dark crime fiction set in the Philippines. The stories are grim, the characters are immersed in violence and death. The extremely wealthy live side by side with extreme poverty; Manila Noir is a hard book to read in one sitting. To fully appreciate the pathos, read one story, set the book aside, read something else - anything else and then go back and read another story. Read the insightful and illuminating introduction by Jessica Hagedorn to appreciate the dark atmosphere you will be thrust into. 

The Noir series published by Akashic Books offers dark crime fiction in different cities from around the world including many from the United States.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Explore the World of Digital Magazines

July 1st the Arrowhead Library System will be introducing their newest service for area library patrons.  Digital magazines through the Zinio service will be available and accessible from an array of devices, including iOS, Android and WebOS.

All you need is a valid Arrowhead library card, a computer or other device, and an email address.  Look for the link on the library’s web page.  We will post it at the top of the side bar.

Using Zinio for the First Time

1.  Get a free email account if you don't have and are two good choices

2.  Click the Zinio icon on the Library's homepage

3.  Click on "Create New Account" in upper right, and follow the

4.  Find the magazine you want to read on the Zinio page and click on it

5.  Register when prompted and indicate your email preferences

6.  Click on the magazine you've checked out in your Reading List, and the reader will load!  Be sure to logout in the upper right corner when you are finished on each page.

Coming back later to read your checked-out magazines

1.  Click the icon and login at the Zinio gateway page

2.  Click on "Go to my checked-out magazines" in the upper right

3.  Sign in again when asked

4.  Click on "Your Library" at the top of the next page

5.  Click on your magazines to view!

6.  Remember to log out when finished

Need Help?  You may call 888-946-4666 M-F 9am-8pm to speak to the Zinio help desk.

Super Boys: The amazing adventures of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster - the creators of Superman by Brad Ricca

Tim Mayer rated Super Boys 5 of 5 stars on
'It's hard to imaging a hero more American than Superman. Even his principles spell-out his country: "Truth, Justice, and the American Way". And yet The Man Of Steel's origins are foreign, even interplanetary. Everyone knows his beginnings: how his parents spirited him away to safety in a rocket from their dying world. How he was raised by the Kents, plain folks, as a farm boy, and how, upon discovering his powers, he fought evil as a superhero. By what about his creators? Who were the men who created the most popular comic book hero the world has ever known?'
To read the rest of Tim Mayer's review, check out the goodreads website listed above.
Find in the new nonfiction section under 741.5973 RICCA

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Mirror, Mirror Off the Wall: How I learned to love my body by not looking at it for a year by Kjerstin Gruys

Kjerstin Gruys, finding herself shopping and obsessing over wedding gowns, challenged herself to stop looking in mirrors for a year in order to find a better self image:
"With a multibillion-dollar beauty and fashion industry telling us how to look, how to act, what products and clothes to buy-and promising us a happy life if we keep buying-we have a lot stacked against us when we try to carve out space for individuality, authenticity, and healthy body image."
This book will help you to learn from Gruys' experience with a few laughs along the way.
Find in the new book section under 646.7042 GRUYS

Friday, June 21, 2013

Ride the Greyhound

Read this article about this great Hibbing businessman:

Carl Wickman Drove Greyhound All the Way to the Top

You can see and hear the story of the Greyhound at the Hibbing Museum.  It is currently open on Monday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and on Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.  

See their website for more details.

The museum is in need of new volunteers.  If you are interested call 218-263-5814 or email

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The 9th Girl by Tami Hoag

Kovac and Liska, the homicide detectives in THE 9th GIRL,  have previously appeared in ASHES TO ASHES, DUST TO DUST, and PRIOR BAD ACTS. What made you decide to return to these characters?
I missed Sam and Nikki. I first met them in ASHES TO ASHES, where they were only intended to be secondary characters. But they were so strong and vivid and funny that they came right back with a book of their own in DUST TO DUST. They’re like old friends now. I’ve had many reader requests to bring them back, and I wanted to go see what they were up to. It’s safe to say this won’t be the last we see of them, either. from the question and answer section of Tami Hoag's Website.


Monday, June 17, 2013

The Last Kind Word by David Housewright

Minnesota Author David Housewright has written the ninth book in the Rushmore McKenzie series.
Start with A Hard Ticket Home, the first book in the series  about an unlicensed private detective, who has the time to do favors for friends and colleagues when it suits him.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

The Riddle of the Labyrinth: The Quest to Crack an Ancient Code by Margalit Fox

"The decipherment of Linear B came to be considered one of the most formidable puzzles of all time and for five decades, some of the world's most distinguished scholars attempted without success to crack the code."
This is the story of Victorian archaeologist Arthur Evans who found the clay tablets from the Bronze Age in 1900; Alice Kober who built the foundation by becoming the leading expert on Linear B in the 1930s and 1940s; and on Michael Ventris, who finally cracked the code in 1952.
Find this fascinating true story in the new book section under 487.1 FOX

Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin

First Line:
The Rutherford girl had been missing for eight days when Larry Ott returned home and found a monster waiting in this house.

Larry and Silas were friends one summer in Mississippi, until their father found out and made them fight each other.

Decades later, Larry is a loner and a mechanic and Silas is the constable when their paths converge and they relive the events when the first girl went missing after a date with Larry.

Winner of the Gold Dagger Award, Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter is available in hardcover, ebook and audiobook formats.

Free Web-Based Photo Editors

Great if you are away from your home computer or just want some software to make minor enhancements.

Free Web-Based Photo Editors

Monday, June 10, 2013

Living the Good Long Life: A practical guide to caring for yourself and others by Martha Stewart

Martha has written a handbook for living your healthiest life after 40 with help from doctors and specialists on eating, exercising, wellness and organizing, as well as caring for others.
The book is available through interlibrary loan.
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Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Mental Floss

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Mental Floss is an online magazine with amazing facts, quizzes, lists, and trivia.
Puzzling questions can be answered:
Why do we tan?
Is it possible to think without language?
Why do we lie?
What causes late night snack cravings?
Can animals really anticipate natural disasters?

For answers to these questions and more, see the Mental Floss Website:

Monday, June 03, 2013

Jack Reacher on DVD

Reacher, ex-military police, is played by Tom Cruise in a movie based on a book by author, Lee Child. The movie Jack Reacher, is an adaptation of the 2005 novel One Shot, which is the 9th book in the series.
Jack Reacher is a loner, hitchhiking across the United States learning about the country he had fought for. In the movie, a former U. S. Army sniper, James Barr, requests Reacher when Barr is accused of murder. At one point in the movie when Reacher is questioned about being a military police investigator, Reacher replies "in the Army every suspect is a trained killer."
Read the books and watch the movie.

Joel C. Rosenberg

Joel C. Rosenberg writes the David Shirazi series, about a CIA agent assigned to Iran. Read the books in order, The Twelfth Imam, Tehran Initiative and Damascus Countdown.