“Dark Storm,” by Karen Harper. Forensic psychologist Claire Markwood has experienced her share of disaster. But nothing could prepare her for her sister, Darcy, going missing. Claire rushes to the butterfly sanctuary where Darcy has been working, prepared to do what she does best: work the clues. Amid a flurry of leads and dead ends, Claire and her husband, Nick, tap every resource at their disposal. But the deeper they dig, the more unsettling the case becomes, dredging up old family secrets that shake the foundation of everything Claire thought to be true. Because some secrets aren’t just threatening, they’re deadly.
“The Flatshare,” by Beth O’Leary. Tiffy and Leon share an apartment in London. Tiffy and Leon have never met. Leon, a night shift worker, takes the apartment during the day, and Tiffy has it nights and weekends. He’ll only ever be there when she’s at the office. Tiffy and Leon start writing each other notes, first about what day is garbage day, and politely establishing what leftovers are up for grabs, and the evergreen question of whether the toilet seat should stay up or down. Even though they are opposites, they soon become friends. And then maybe more. But falling in love with your roommate is probably a terrible idea, especially if you’ve never met.
“Cape May,” by Chip Creek. In September 1957, Henry and Effie, newlyweds, arrive in Cape May, N.J., for their honeymoon. There they meet a glamorous set of people who sweep them up into their drama. There’s Clara, a beautiful socialite; Max, a wealthy playboy; and Alma, Max’s mysterious half-sister, to whom Henry is irresistibly drawn. The empty beach town becomes their playground, and as they sneak into abandoned summer homes, go sailing and drink a great deal of gin, Henry and Effie slip from innocence into betrayal, with irrevocable consequences.
“Summer by the Tides,” by Denise Hunter. Maddy Monroe’s love life is a wreck, and her restaurant career is in shambles. When her grandmother goes missing, she and her estranged sisters converge at the family beach house in North Carolina. Being with uptight Nora and free-spirited Emma at the place where their family broke apart is a struggle, and undercurrents of jealousy and resentment threaten to pull the sisters under. As family tensions rise, the sisters must find a way to accept each other for the women they’ve become before the bitterness of the past destroys their hope for a future.
“Ed Stafford’s Ultimate Adventure Guide: The Bucket List for the Brave,” by Ed Stafford. There are bucket lists featuring comfort and indulgence, like eating at Eleven Madison Park in New York. There are “if I ever ...” bucket lists, like being an extra in a movie or learning to sing. And then there are bucket lists for the brave, the daring and the dreamers who want to check off as many challenging adventures as they can. They want every minute of life to count. This book presents Stafford’s handpicked selection of exciting challenges for those who don’t mind a bit of discomfort. Life’s great adventures are theirs for the taking.
“The Beer Kitchen: The Art and Science of Cooking and Pairing with Beer,” by Melissa Cole. Beer expert Melissa Cole has combined two of her greatest passions: great brews and delicious food. Sharing more than 70 recipes using beer as the star ingredient, you will discover new ways to cook with beer. Far removed from your standard “pub grub,” Cole has selected recipes that will suit the modern palate, regardless of whether you drink beer. From a brined bone-in pork loin with a beer-soaked fruit stuffing to a sharp sour-beer ceviche, you’ll also find inventive ideas for quick, beer-infused pickles and brines to sweet and savory bakes; this is a new, more sophisticated approach to cooking with beer.
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
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