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Estherville News Editorial

February 21, 2016
Estherville News Staff , Estherville News

We are looking forward to many things in March, but chiefly among them is National Reading Awareness Month. There's nothing quite like diving into the story in a good book. From those we read to or with our children to the ones with thrilling pictures of places far away or scientific discoveries, to the novels just for us, with more grown-up themes, books are a gift for the mind.

Some of this year's new books we're looking forward to include Jessica Chiarella's "And Again," a speculative novel about four terminally ill patients who are given new, cloned bodies, made genetically perfect and unsullied by the environmental danger of modern life.

"Dog Run Moon" comes from Callan Wink, a fly-fishing guide. He has reeled in a bunch of awards, including an NEA Grant and publication in "The New Yorker" and more. "Dog Run Moon" is a collection of short stories set in and around Yellowstone National Park.

Speaking of books with a strong set of place, one of our resident authors, Michael Tidemann, formerly of the Estherville News, has a new book centered on stories of the Oregon Coast. We hear it's terrific, and we have no doubt it is.

For those of you who just love that Liz Bennett and Mr. Darcy of "Pride and Prejudice," there's another modernization. In "Eligible" by Curtis Sittenfeld, Liz is a New York City magazine writer (there seems to be a lot of writers writing about writers this season) while Darcy is a Cincinnati neurosurgeon. They navigate CrossFit and reality TV to eventually, and hilariously, find true love.

This is exciting. Do you remember Paul Newman's character, the irascible Sully Sullivan from "Nobody's Fool" in the early '90s? The story was from the novel by Richard Russo, and he has come out with a sequel, telling the story of very elderly Sully, who's been given at most a year or two to live, but spends most of the novel keeping the news from everyone he loves. This one is appropriately titled, "Everybody's Fool."

Anne Tyler brings Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew" to the 21st century with "Vinegar Girl." Allegedly, this summer release is nothing like "10 Things I Hate About You" and offers some surprises in this newest Kate.

Feel free to email us in the newsroom or comment on the website to tell us about your favorite books as we celebrate reading in the upcoming month.



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