“Look-Alike,” by Erica Spindler. Sienna grew up in the shadow of her mother’s paranoid delusions. Now she’s returned home to confront her past and the murder that changed her life. In her mother’s house, the fear that she had been the killer’s intended target returns, as does a new fear that the killer plans to remedy his past mistake. But are these fears any different from the ones that torture her mother? As the pressure mounts, the line between truth and lie, reality and delusion crumble. Has Sienna’s worst nightmare come true? Or will she unmask a killer and prove she may be her mother’s look-alike, but she’s not her clone?
“Saltwater,” by Jessica Andrews. Through the ups and downs of a childhood in England, the one sure thing in Lucy’s life has been her mother: mysterious, loving and devoted, as much a part of Lucy as her own skin. Her lessons in womanhood shape Lucy’s appreciation for desire, her sense of duty as a caretaker, and her thirst for a better life. At university, she struggles with the separation from her mother, then her father goes missing just after she graduates. When her grandfather dies, she escapes to his house in Donegal, a place where her mother once found joy. There she will take a lover, live inside art and the past, and troll through her memories and her mother’s stories to make sense of her place in the world.
“Two Weeks,” by Karen Kingsbury. Cole Blake is months away from going off to college and taking the first steps toward a career in medicine. But as he starts his final semester of high school, he meets Elise, a mysterious new girl who captures his heart from day one. Not long after the semester starts, she discovers she’s pregnant. Eighteen and alone, she shares her secret with Cole. Unshaken by the news, and in love for the first time in his life, Cole is determined to support Elise, even if it means skipping college, marrying her, and raising another man’s baby. Elise decides to place her baby up for adoption, but as her due date draws near, she becomes focused on one truth: she has two weeks to change her mind about the adoption.
“American Queenmaker: How Missy Meloney Brought Women Into Politics,” by Julie Des Jardins. Marie “Missy” Mattingly Meloney was born in the late 1800s, in a nation where women couldn’t vote. Yet she understood the power that women held as consumers and family decision makers, and convinced male publishers and politicians to take them seriously. Over the course of her life as a journalist, a magazine editor and a political advisor, Missy created the idea of the female demographic. After the passage of the 19th Amendment, she encouraged candidates to engage with and appeal to women directly. In this role, she advised presidents such as Hoover, Coolidge and Roosevelt. By the time she died in the early 1940s, women were a recognized political force to be reckoned with.
“The Founding Fortunes: How the Wealthy Paid for and Profited From America’s Revolution,” by Tom Shachtman. While history teaches that successful revolutions depend on participation by the common man, the establishment of an independent United States first needed wealthy colonials uniting to disrupt the very system that had enriched them, and then funding a war. While some fortunes were made during the war at the expense of the poor, many of the wealthy embraced the goal of obtaining for their poorer countrymen an unprecedented equality of opportunity, along with independence. Shachtman tells this story through tracing the lives of a dozen men who made and lost fortunes, and affected the finances of the new country.
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.; Saturday: 9 a.m. – noon