Friday, December 26, 2014

Sweet by Valerie Gordon

Looking for something tempting for a New Year's Party? Why not scope out Sweet by Valerie Gordon? This lush, delicious looking book has confections to drool over, to give and to serve. For instance "Chocolate Pots de Creme" are luscious individual ramekins of chocolate custard, perfect for a dinner party desert. There are fancy versions of your favorite cakes and candies, and also lovely, down-home versions of favorite cookies, like gingersnaps (perfect for ice cream sandwiches!).

Check it out on the new book shelf!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Friday Foodie Feature

Do you have a last minute vegetarian or vegan guest for the holidays? Welcome him or her with wholesome dishes like portobello "steak" fajitas, or get adventurous with marinated balsamic, maple and garlic tempeh. "The Oh She Glows Cookbook," from the writer of the blog of the same name, features these yummy recipes and more. There are also last minute gift ideas (I love those!) like the glo bar, with cranberries and almond butter. Some ingredients might require a trip to the Virginia Food Co-op, but most are available locally. Check it out on our New Book shelf!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Foodie Friday Feature

Check out "International Night: a father and daughter cook their way around the world" for a thoughtful and witty adventure that will make your mouth water. You might even recognize some of your favorites from across the world. For instance, Romania's Sarmale sound an awful lot like the Iron Range Sarmas I tried last weekend. Check it out on our New Books shelf!

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Karen Robards: The Dr. Charlotte "Charlie" Stone series

Read the 3 books featuring Dr. Stone, who can communicate with the newly dead, in order:
The Last Victim
The Last Kiss Goodbye
Her Last Whisper

The Republic of Imagination: America in three books by Azar Natisi

The Republic of Imagination

From NPR: In her surprise 2003 bestseller, Reading Lolita in Tehran, Iranian emigrĂ© Azar Nafisi made clear why fiction matters in totalitarian regimes. With The Republic of Imagination, she seeks to demonstrate the importance of great literature even in a democratic society, one threatened not by fundamentalist revolutionaries but by the danger of "intellectual indolence."
Read the rest of the review by Heller McAlpin here:

Monday, December 01, 2014

Join us for the Yuletide Festival, Tuesday, December 2, 2014

This Community Event is sponsored by: The Friends of the Hibbing Public Library, Hibbing City Band, a grant from the Northland Foundation, and Santa Claus himself!!

Traditional Yuletide Events begin at 6:00 pm
 Refreshments will be served by the Friends of the Library in the
main reading room.
 Yuletide story with Santa by the fireplace at 6:00 pm.
 Music by the Hibbing City Band in the reference area at 6:15 pm.

Children’s activities from 6:15-7:30 pm
 Free children’s book give away in the auditorium.
 Visits with Santa in the auditorium.
 Decorate gingerbread cookies in the children’s room to take home

Friday, November 21, 2014

Havana Storm by Clive and Dirk Cussler

While investigating a toxic outbreak in the Caribbean Sea that may ultimately threaten the United States, Pitt unwittingly becomes involved in something even more dangerous—a post-Castro power struggle for the control of Cuba. Meanwhile, Pitt's children, marine engineer Dirk and oceanographer Summer, are on an investigation of their own, chasing an Aztec stone that may reveal the whereabouts of a vast historical Aztec treasure. The problem is, that stone was believed to have been destroyed on the battleship Maine in Havana Harbor in 1898, which brings them both to Cuba as well—and squarely into harm's way. The three of them have been in desperate situations before . . . but perhaps never quite as dire as the one facing them now.
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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Flesh and Blood by Patricia Cornwell

Back in 1990, Patricia Cornwell wrote her first Scarpetta mystery, Postmortem, which won several awards including three for best first novel. Now, Flesh and Blood, twenty-second book in the series, has the familiar beloved characters we come to expect: Benton Wesley, FBI profiler and Dr. Kay Scarpetta's husband; and Detective Pete Marino.
Patricia Cornwell has a Facebook page:

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

New Bob Dylan Book

Another Side of Bob Dylan: 
A personal history on the road and off the tracks
by Victor Maymudes

Find in new books: 782.42164092 MAYMU

Monday, November 10, 2014

Gray Mountain by John Grisham

Samantha Kofer's life has derailed. She has been working for a big firm of lawyers in New York when the whole economy takes a serious downturn. She is promised her job back - maybe - in a year - if she goes to work for a legal aide clinic. The non paid positions are going fast so she takes a chance and drives to Brady, Virginia deep in Appalachia where coal is king and the people and the mountains are less than nothing.

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Tuesday, November 04, 2014

The Burning Room by Michael Connelly

Harry Bosch, is finishing out his career in LAPD's Open-Unsolved Unit with a new partner, Detective Lucia Soto. Bosch and Soto take on the recent death of Orlando Merced. Merced had been shot in the spine ten years ago and the shooter was never caught. Bosch and Soto are pressured by politics to solve the case quickly. At the same time Bosch is showing Soto, the rookie, what it takes to be a fine detective. Soto has her own agenda and reveals that she also has a cold case she wants to solve. Bosch and Soto work both cases simultaneously and produce results regardless of who is guilty.
Find in new fiction under Fiction CONNELLY.

Michael Connelly has a website. Check here to read the Harry Bosch series in order, starting with The Black Echo which he won an Edgar Award for the best first novel:

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Death Stalks Door County by Patricia Skalka

Looking for some good books to read? Check out the website:
From Goodreads: 
Six deaths mar the holiday mood as summer vacationers enjoy Wisconsin’s beautiful Door County peninsula. Murders, or bizarre accidents? Newly hired park ranger Dave Cubiak, a former Chicago homicide detective, assumes the worst but refuses to get involved. Grief-stricken and guilt-ridden over the loss of his wife and daughter, he’s had enough of death.

In a setting of stunning natural beauty and picturesque waterfront villages, 
Death Stalks Door County introduces a new detective series, “The Dave Cubiak Door County Mysteries.
Find in New Fiction under SKALKA.

A Midsummer Night's Scream by R. L. Stine

A horror story just in time for Halloween. 
Six kids in a van deep in the woods in the middle of nowhere miles short of the lake lodge when they hit something in the road. Stay with the van or walk? And so they leave their stuff and walk until they find a creepy mansion deep in the forest. Their knocking brings no one to the door but since the door is unlocked, they enter and find the electricity is on.. and that is when the nightmare begins.
Find in Young Adult fiction under STINE.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Sharyn McCrumb's Ballad Novels

Sharyn Mccrumb is best known for her Appalachian "Ballad" novels - eleven total with the latest a novella: Nora Bonesteel's Christmas Past.

"My books are like Appalachian quilts," says Sharyn McCrumb. "I take brightly colored scraps of legends, ballads, fragments of rural life, and local tragedy, and I piece them together into a complex whole that tells not only a story, but also a deeper truth about the culture of the mountain South." 

Start with: If Ever I Return, Pretty Peggy-O
Read more about this fascinating woman and her novels on her website:

Bones Never Lie by Kathy Reichs

Seventh Book in the Temperance Brennan series, Brennan is investigating a cold case that is related to a new case in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Andrew Ryan and Brennan originally investigated Anique  Pomerleau, a Canadian, wanted for abduction and murder of several young girls. Pomerleau disappeared and was never captured.
Even Brennan's mother, living in a mental health facility, with terminal cancer, does research that helps Brennan tie the two cases together.
Slidell, homicide, and Brennan, forensic anthropologist, often work cases together in Charlotte and now they are looking at a murdered young girl, Lizzie Nance. This time the case also involves the jurisdiction of Quebec and Brennan's old partner both privately and professionally - Andrew Ryan. Andrew Ryan has been on leave from his job since his daughter died. Brennan tracks Ryan to Costa Rica and persuades him that he is needed on the case. Pomerleau has resurfaced and may be responsible for the disappearance of Shelly Leal who may still be alive. Ryan is reluctant but as the case heats up Brennan and Ryan are once again working together.
Find in New Fiction under REICHS

Monday, October 20, 2014

Full Measure by T. Jefferson Parker

Patrick Norris returns home from Afghanistan eager to open a sport fishing business. But he is shocked to learn that the San Diego avocado ranch his family has long owned has been destroyed by wildfire and his parents are facing ruin. Find in New Large Print Fiction PARKER

Friday, October 17, 2014

The Perfect Witness by Iris Johansen

When Teresa Casali was young she discovered she had a strange gift:  the ability to read people’s memories.  But the gift seemed more like a curse as her mob boss father used her to gain the upper hand in his world of corruption and violence.  Exposed by her own family to the darkest impulses of mankind, Teresa is alone and unprotected.  She realizes that if she is to survive, she has to run. from Cover

Find on the new Large Print table: Large Print JOHANSEN

Killing Patton: The Strange Death of World War II's Most Audacious General by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard

General George S. Patton Jr. died under mysterious circumstances in the months following the end of World War II. For almost seventy years, there has been suspicion that his death was not an accident - and may very well have been an act of assassination. from cover
Find in the Large Print collection:  355.0092 OREILL 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Best to Laugh by Lorna Landvik

Popular Minnesota author, Lorna Landvik, writes about Candy Pekkala, who leaves Minnesota and travels to California to become a stand-up comedian. Best known for writing Patty Jane's House of Curl and Angry Housewives Eating Bon-Bons, Lorna Landvik is also a stand-up comedian, public speaker, playwright and actor. Find in new books: Fiction Landvik
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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Those Who Wish Me Dead by Michael Koryta

Jace Wilson, 14, witnesses a murder and is sent to a wilderness skills program in Montana to hide him from the killers. Allison and Ethan run a survival camp for troubled teens and decide they will take him on without the knowledge of which boy in the group is the witness. Jace escapes from two brothers who have an eccentric way of talking to each other as if no one else is present.  They are willing to torture and kill anyone who gets in the way of their hunt for Jace. Meanwhile, in the same vicinity, Hannah, a former hotshot firefighter, quits when her whole team gets overrun by fire and she is the only survivor. Now she lives and works in a fire tower, reporting fires when she spots them in the same rugged terrain that the survival groups practices their skills. When the brothers Jack and Patrick meet up with the local sheriff, they torture him until he gives up the name Allison. They start a fire to hide the evidence of murder and move on to find Allison next. Chilling and suspenseful, Michael Koryta gets better and better. Find in new books: Fiction KORYTA

Friday, September 19, 2014

Writer's Market for 2015

Every writer needs a toolbox filled with craft, a drop of talent, and hope. Writer's Market wants to help you get published and paid for your writing.
Find in new books: 808.2 WRITERS

Monday, September 15, 2014

License to spill by Lisi Harrison

Students beware!

Three girls, two guys, five secret journals.
The five most popular students at Noble High have secrets to hide; secrets they wrote down in their journals. Now one of their own exposes the private entries...
When our parents were growing up they were encouraged to make mistakes. That's how they learned. But us? Our mistakes go viral. There is no delete button on the Internet. What kind of future do we have if we can't escape our embarrassing pasts? I must come off as quite the hypocrite; complaining about our overexposed lives in a book of secret journals I have leaked. But these pages hold proof of how this pressure affects the "best" of us... so until the heat's turned down, keep reading. From Goodreads
Second book in the pretender series.
Find in Young Adult Fiction Harrison

Simon Brett, Author

Simon Brett worked as a producer in radio and television before taking up writing full-time and is well known for the Fethering mysteries, the Mrs. Pargeter novels, and the Charles Paris detective series.
Cinderella Killer, the latest Charles Paris mysteries, revolves around the Christmas production of Cinderella in Eastbourne, England. Charlie is an actor and amateur detective with nineteen books in the series. Find under Fiction Brett

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Julia Keller, Author

Julia Keller is the author of a new mystery series set in West Virginia mountains:

A Killing in the Hills

Bitter River

Summer of the Dead

Read in order and visit the author's website:

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Uncaged The Singular Menace Book 1 John Sandford & Michele Cook

Singular is a ruthless corporation conducting unspeakable experiments.  A radical animal-rights group raids their Eugene, Oregon lab.  The raid turns into a disaster but Odin Remby escapes with a set of encrypted flash drives and a post-surgical dog.

Shay Remby gets a frantic call from Odin.  He is on the run and is currently in the LA area.  Almost immediately, Singular’s security team shows up to question her.  Shay knows her brilliant autistic hacker brother needs immediate help.  She arrives in Hollywood with $58 and a handmade knife.

John Sandford and Michele Cook have written a fast paced thriller for young adults.  It is a definite page-turner and adults should also try it.  There is tension throughout and some very likable characters. The artist, Twist, who takes Shay in almost immediately upon her arrival in Hollywood, seems almost too good to be true but he adds an extra dimension to the story. 

 I enjoyed the book and will look for the sequel. Nancy
Find in Young Adult Fiction: Young Adult SANDFORD

Monday, August 25, 2014

The Long Way Home by Louise Penny

In How the Light Gets In, the previous book in this series, Clara's husband Peter Morrow, was banished from Three Pines by Clara, but told he could come back in a year if he still loved her and could accept her rising success as an artist while his own artistic career was in a decline. One year later, and a few weeks after the date of return, Clara goes to Former Chief Inspector Gamache who has retired to the remote village of Three Pines in Canada, to get help to find Peter. No answer from Peter was not what Clara was expecting.
10th in the series, you may want to start with the first book, Still Life. 
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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Windigo Island by William Kent Krueger

Minnesota author, William Kent Krueger has a new book out in his long running series based in northern Minnesota. Put your name on the reserve list to read this suspenseful Cork O'Connor mystery.
Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Act of War by Brad Thor

After a CIA agent mysteriously dies overseas, his top asset surfaces with a startling and terrifying claim. There’s just one problem— no one knows if she can be trusted.

But when six exchange students go missing, two airplane passengers trade places, and one political-asylum seeker is arrested, a deadly chain of events is set in motion.

With the United States facing an imminent and devastating attack, America’s new president must turn to covert counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath to help carry out two of the most dangerous operations in the country’s history.

Code-named “Gold Dust” and “Blackbird,” they are shrouded in absolute secrecy as either of them, if discovered, will constitute an act of war. from Brad Thor's website:

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Have a Nice Guilt Trip by Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella

Lisa and Francesca are back with another collection of warm and witty stories that will strike a chord with every woman. Their series is among the best reviewed humor books published today and has been compared to the late greats, Erma Bombeck and Nora Ephron. In praise of Lisa and Francesca's books, Booklist says, "No subject is off-limits here, as Scottoline and Serritella include relevant quips for women from 18 to 82. With the title serving as a sure-fire indicator, readers can count on an ab-toning laugh session, a silly giggle, a sympathetic sigh, and a lump in the throat as life’s moments are rehashed through the keen eyes and wits of this lovable mother-daughter duo." In HAVE A NICE GUILT TRIP, Lisa and Francesca continue to share their lives in their hilarious, and often, poignant stories. from

Written in My Own Heart's Blood by Diana Gabaldon

The eighth major novel in the Outlander series of novels continues the story of Jamie and Claire.  Diana Gabaldon has her own website:
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Monday, July 28, 2014

New Family Movies on DVD

Gru, the girls and the Minions are back in this very funny sequel.

A mischievous squirrel has a mission to find the tastiest nuts for winter.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Goodreads: Meet your next favorite book!

The Battles of Monte Cassino by Glyn Harper and John Tonkin-Covell

The Battles of Monte Cassino (1944) were some of the toughest that occurred in the Western theatre of operations during the Second World War. German, New Zealand, British, Indian, Polish, French and American troops played prominent roles at Cassino, and each country takes pride in what its forces achieved. from the foreword. Find in new books 940.5421 HARPE

Friday, July 18, 2014

Gentlemen Bootleggers by Bryce T. Bauer

Tells the story of Joe Irlbeck and Templeton, Iowa, known during prohibition for creating Templeton rye whiskey. Find in new books: 364.132209777465 BAUER

Counting Down Bob Dylan: His 100 Finest Songs by Jim Beviglia

The author established one rule: only official recordings were considered from their original albums. An ideal companion for Dylan fans who love to make up their own playlists and analyze Dylan's lyrics.
Find in the new book section under: 782.42164092 BEVIG

Monday, July 14, 2014

Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink

"If we didn't experience Hurricane Katrina ourselves, we saw it: the ominous red pinwheel on the radar, the wrecked Superdome, the corpses. And certainly we saw our shame — America's inequality, negligence and violence were all laid bare by the storm.
But one tragedy went largely unwitnessed. And this is the subject of Sheri Fink's provocative new book, Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital. The Pulitzer Prize-winning writer examines what happens when people make life-and-death decisions in a state of anarchy." from the NPR article. 
We have the book in new nonfiction: 362.110976335 FINK

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Top Secret Twenty-one by Janet Evanovich

The latest Stephanie Plum is here! Put your name on the reserve list and enjoy the antics of Stephanie with her friends and relatives in Trenton, New Jersey.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Indefensible by Lee Goodman

First line:
"I don't honestly expect to find a body."
But Federal prosecutor Nick Davis, on his way out of town with his daughter, go with the witness, Cassandra Randall and check the area where she had been bird watching. And they find the area where the ground has been disturbed and a body has been buried.
First book by a new author.
Find in new books under Fiction GOODMAN

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Shots Fired: stories from Joe Pickett Country by C. J. Box

This book of short suspenseful stories is a great introduction to the Joe Pickett series. Joe, game warden, with his dog, Daisy, investigates crimes and accidents in Wyoming. In one story, he finds lights from a submerged car below the ice. When Joe hikes across the lake to investigate, he finds a former basketball star frozen with her arm in the ice above the lights. He is sorrowful that young adults with great potential throw their lives away on drugs and alcohol. Other short stories include a young girl who loves her grandfather and appreciates the fishing lessons he gives her; and a couple of criminals who think they will become rich stealing rare microorganisms from another criminal who has illegally collected the bio-samples from Yellowstone Park. C. J. Box has written 18 books, 14 of them in the Joe Pickett series. Find in new fiction under Fiction BOX.

Monday, June 23, 2014


Edited by #1 New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci and including stories by Michael Connelly, Lee Child, Jeffery Deaver, and more, this one-of-a-kind anthology pulls together the most beloved characters from the best and most popular thriller series today. Worlds collide!

In an unprecedented collaboration, twenty-three of the world’s bestselling and critically acclaimed thriller writers have paired their series characters—such as Harry Bosch, Jack Reacher, and Lincoln Rhyme—in an eleven-story anthology curated by the International Thriller Writers (ITW). from

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Vertigo 42 by Martha Grimes

The long running mystery series featuring Richard Jury, offers a new murder close to Ardry End, home to Melrose Plant and the regulars at the Jack and Hammer pub. Start this series of 23 mysteries with "The Man with a Load of Mischief."

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Minnesota Author: Ron Gamer

One Last Chance
Young Adult Adventure set in BWCAW in northern Minnesota during the blow down in 1999.
Two teens find themselves trapped and one boy becomes injured during a deadly windstorm flattens the surrounding forest.

Wild Chance
Young Adult Adventure: camping and fishing in the Canadian lake country. Teens and pilot make an emergency landing before they get to the resort and find themselves stranded.

Find both books in Young Adult GAMER

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

New Thrillers: All about the money

The following two thrillers involve found money.

Suspicion by Joseph Finder has a father accepting a loan from the father of his daughter's friend and becoming embroiled with the DEA for accepting drug money.

Everything to Lose by Andrew Gross involves a mother finding a half million dollars at a car accident but after she takes the money, someone comes looking.
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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Field of Prey by John Sandford

The latest Lucas Davenport mystery is here. Sign up on the reserve list. We also have the book in Large Print. Book 24 in the series, if you have never read a Davenport book, start with the first: Rules of Prey.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The Dylanologists: Adventures in the Land of Bob by David Kinney

David Kinney: "I first found Dylan in the dusty basement of my childhood home. In the summer before my junior year in high school I was flicking through a pile of vinyl left behind by my older brother. I found a heavy box with five records inside. The man glowering on the front cover looked like he didn't take orders from anybody. I liked that. I pulled off the top of the box, slid one of the records from a sleeve, fitted the vinyl onto the turntable, and dropped the needle into the groove. The music started, and a switch flipped in my head. The album was called Biograph, a retrospective of the first two decades of a recording career still very much in progress."

Stop by Hibbing, MN for Dylan Days, May 23-24, 2014, celebrate Bob's 73rd birthday and meet the fans - the supercharged cultist fans that have followed Bob Dylan for decades.

David Kinney will be at Howard Book Sellers on Friday, May 23, 2014 from 3:30-4:30 with his new book, The Dylanologists along with winners of the B.J. Rolfzen Creative Writing Contest.
The Library's copy can be found in the new book section: 782.42164092 KINNE

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The Last Kind Words Saloon by Larry McMurtry

McMurtry traces the rich and varied friendship of Wyatt Earp and Doc Holiday from the town of Long Grass to Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show in Denver, then to Mobetie, Texas, and finally to Tombstone, Arizona, culminating with the famed gunfight at the O.K. Corral, rendered here in McMurtry's stark and peerless prose.

With the buffalo herds gone, the Comanche defeated, and vast swaths of the Great Plains being enclosed by cattle ranches, Wyatt and Doc live on, even as the storied West that forged their myths disappears.
 from the cover
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Monday, May 12, 2014

Delicious by Ruth Reichl

Ruth Reichl is better known as the Editor in chief of Gourmet magazine and for several nonfiction books about being a restaurant critic. Now she has written a novel about Billie Breslin who takes a job in New York at Delicious magazine. Ruth has her own website:
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Thursday, May 08, 2014

The Devil’s Workshop by Alex Grecian

1890, London
Jack the Ripper is alive and chained to a cell wall in the catacombs below London held and tortured by a secret society of men wanting justice for Jack’s victims.
A train is deliberately sent into the wall of Bridewell Prison releasing an unknown number of murderers into London. Scotland Yard’s elite murder squad is sent out to retrieve the prisoners before they kill again. Detective Inspector Walter Day, Sergeant  Hammersmith and retired Inspector Adrian March are teamed up to chase down the killers including Cinderhouse who Day and Hammersmith had apprehended a few months before. Cinderhouse, abductor and killer of young children and two officers, had vowed vengeance on the Day family. Meanwhile, Inspector Day’s wife Claire, is close to having her baby. Sir Edward sends young Constable Winthrop to keep watch over the Day household.
Cinderhouse, along with another escaped prisoner, Griffin, enter the tunnels below London. An altercation ensues and Cinderhouse leaves Griffin unconscious with a broken leg. As he wanders through the tunnels underground, he finds and unchains Jack without knowing who Jack really is.

Suspenseful, with a stunning climax, go back and read the first 2 books: The Yard and The Black Country. Find in new books Fiction GRECIAN.

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Cheap Shot by Ace Atkins

Ace Atkins is the new Robert B. Parker and has taken over the legendary Spenser detective series with the support of the Parker estate. Find in Fiction ATKINS