“Resistance Women,” by Jennifer Chiaverini. When Mildred Fish marries German economist Arvid Harnack, she accompanies him to his homeland, where a promising future awaits. In 1930s Berlin, the newlyweds create a life filled with love and friendships, but the rise of the Nazi Party changes their fate. As Adolf Hitler seizes power, Mildred, Arvid and their friends resolve to resist. Mildred gathers intelligence for her American contacts, while her friends collect information from Nazi officials. For years, Mildred’s network fights to bring down the Third Reich from within. But when Nazi radio operatives detect an errant signal, the resistance cell is exposed, with fatal consequences.

“Queen Bee,” by Dorothea Benton Frank. Holly, a beekeeper, lives in a world of her own on Sullivan’s Island, tending her hives and working at the library. Holly calls her mother the “Queen Bee,” because she’s a demanding hulk of a woman. Her mother might be a hypochondriac, but that doesn’t stop her from tormenting Holly. To escape the drama, Holly’s sister, Leslie, moved away, wanting little to do with island life. Holly’s escape is to submerge herself in the lives of the two young boys next door and their widowed father, Archie. Her world is upended when Leslie returns and both sisters fixate on what’s happening in their neighbor’s home. Is Archie really in love with that awful ice queen of a woman? 

“Tightrope,” by Amanda Quick. Amalie moved to Burning Cove to reinvent herself, but things are not going well. After turning a villa into a bed-and-breakfast, she learns too late that the villa is said to be cursed. When the first guest, Norman Pickwell, is murdered by his robot invention, rumors circulate that the curse is real. In the following chaos, Amalie watches as a man from the audience disappears behind the curtain. When Matthias Jones reappears, he is slipping a gun into a concealed holster. Matthias is on the trail of a groundbreaking prototype cipher machine. He suspects that Pickwell stole the device and planned to sell it. But now Pickwell is dead and the machine has vanished.



“Iron, Fire and Ice: The Real History That Inspired Game of Thrones,” by Ed West. Learning of his father’s death, an adolescent, descended from the old kings of the North, vows to avenge him. He is supported by his mother, who has spirited away her two younger sons to safety. Against them is a queen battling for the inheritance of her son, a sadist who delights in watching executions. Sound familiar? George R.R. Martin’s novels are rife with allusions and flat-out copies of real-life people and events of Tudor England and Europe. The Red Wedding? Based on actual events in Scottish history. The poisoning of Joffrey Baratheon? Eerily similar to the death of William the Conqueror’s grandson. West explores all of Martin’s influences, from religion to war to powerful women. Discover the real history behind the series and see for yourself that truth is stranger than fiction.

“Sky Girls: The True Story of the First Women’s Cross-Country Air Race,” by Gene Nora Jessen. On the eve of the Great Depression, 19 gutsy pilots soared above the glass ceiling in the very first female cross-country air race. Armed with grit and determination, they crossed thousands of miles in propeller-driven airplanes to defy the naysayers who would say it cannot be done. From Pancho Barnes to Amelia Earhart, “Sky Girls” chronicles a forgotten moment when some of the first women pilots took their rightful place in the open skies. For a country on the brink of defining change, they would become symbols of hope, daring and the unstoppable American spirit.


Story Time

Story time is held Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. and lasts 45–60 minutes. Participants read books, followed by a craft or activity. 


Chetek Library hours

Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday: 1–6 p.m.; and Saturday: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

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