September 2021 RECOMMENDATIONS
Knitting Ganseys by Beth Brown-Reinsel
Twenty-five years ago, the first edition of Knitting Ganseys was published. In the original edition, as well as the revised edition, Beth Brown-Reinsel discusses the history of traditional knitting, the tools that are needed, and the yarn that is used. This book is written based on the author’s knitting workshops and teaches you the steps needed to get started and finish your own gansey sweater. If you are a confident knitter and look for challenging projects, this book may be what you are looking for. The patterns have been updated for modern silhouettes, while keeping the traditional gansey motifs. I am excited to knit several sweaters from this revised edition before winter sets in. There can’t be anything warmer or more satisfying!
Knitting Ganseys is available in print at the Farmville Library.
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
Into the Wild tells the story of Chris McCandless – a young man who cut off communication with his family, donated the remainder of his college fund, and abandoned his beloved car before beginning an incredible hitchhiking journey. When Chris eventually descended into the Alaskan wilderness, he carried only a ten pound bag of rice, a .22 rifle, a camera, and a field guide about the region’s edible plants. The author, Jon Krakauer, composed this non-fiction novel with excerpts from Chris’s journal, as well as from interviews with those he befriended during his travels.
Into the Wild is available in print at the Farmville Library and on Libby as both an e-book and audiobook.
Grandma Gatewood’s Walk by Ben Montgomery
Have you ever wanted to get away from it all and actually did it? In 1955, Emma Gatewood did just that at the age of sixty-seven, telling her family that she was going for a walk and leaving her abusive marriage behind. She set out with a small satchel with a change of clothes, an umbrella, and less that two hundred dollars. Gatewood was the first woman to hike the entire length of the Appalachian Trail by herself three times. The free-spirited, inspiring, and stubborn Emma Gatewood will leave you in awe!
Grandma Gatewood’s Walk is available in print at the Farmville Library and as an e-book on Libby.
The Daughters of Ys by M.T. Anderson
The Daughters of Ys by M. T. Anderson is a folk retelling of two sisters and the magic that keeps their kingdom safe. The art is beautiful, and the tale is twisted. It’s a quick read, but it packs a lot of love and drama into its pages. Breton folk lore, princesses, dark magic, family bonds – if these things interest you, then I highly recommend checking this one out.
The Daughters of Ys is available in print at the Farmville Library.
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
For anyone looking for a thick novel to disappear into, Michael Chabon’s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay is an excellent option. Chabon mirrors the history of the comics industry spanning from pre-WWII and through the medium’s Golden Age. Readers will follow cousins Joe Kavalier, a magician and escape artist who flees Nazi-occupied Prague, and Sammy Klayman, a budding entrepreneur with a keen eye for business, as they turn an interest in comics into a flourishing career and the start of an empire. (Empire Comics, that is.) A long but very immersive read following these two men through their triumphs and darkest moments over the course of several decades – definitely a must-read for anyone with an interest in the comics industry or historical fiction.
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay is available in print at the Farmville Library and on Libby as an ebook.
What’s That Bird? Getting to Know the Birds Around You, Coast to Coast by Joseph Choiniere & Claire Mowbray Golding
What’s That Bird? is a fun beginner’s guide book to backyard birding. While this book was written for children, anyone who is looking to know more about birds or learn the basics of bird watching would benefit from reading this book. This book will teach you about bird anatomy, how to recognize common birds (and how to use binoculars), and how to support the birds in your local area. There’s even a section on Incredible Birds that will introduce you to some of North America’s most fascinating birds! Highly recommend this fun read for anyone who loves birds!
What’s that Bird? is available in print at the Farmville Library.
Troubles in Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand
The third book in the trilogy of the Paradise series is a must read to settle one’s nerves from the previous two books in the series, Winter in Paradise and What Happens in Paradise. The author brings out the best in her characters even as life throws them catastrophes one after another. As they grapple with the loss of family, the characters also must reinvent themselves and come to terms with their own self-absorbed lifestyles. Will the change in latitude work its magic on the change in attitude?
Troubles in Paradise is available in print at the Farmville Library and on Libby as both an e-book and audiobook.
Poe’s Richmond by Agnes Bondurant
Although he was born in Boston and is widely associated with Baltimore, it was in Richmond that Edgar Allan Poe spent a majority of his formative years and where his writing career began. In Poe’s Richmond, Agnes Bondurant provides readers with a portrait of the city of Richmond as it was seen by Poe and his contemporaries.
Poe’s Richmond is available in print at the Farmville Library.