New nonfiction at the library

Off the Shelf

I visited Flandrau State Park recently and was happy to see campers in the campground. It is that time of year when campers come out of storage in preparation for camping season. If you are planning a camping trip, I have just the books for you! “Where Should We Camp Next?: National Parks: The Best Campgrounds and Unique Outdoor Accommodations in and around National Parks, Seashores, Monuments, and More” by Stephanie & Jeremy Puglisi (917.3 Puglisi). Whew, that’s a long title! It is divided according to regions in the country, so you can go right to the area you are interested in or just browse through it to find a great place to camp. I haven’t had the pleasure of visiting Yellowstone National Park yet, but I have heard recaps of many great trips there from friends and family. If a trip to Yellowstone is on your bucket list, be sure to check out “Frommer’s Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks” by Elisabeth Kwak-Hefferan (917.875 Frommer) before you go. It is your typical travel guide all updated with the latest information you need to fully enjoy a visit to these national treasures. Fun fact: Yellowstone National Park turned 150 years old in March 2023. Also new to the nonfiction collection is “100 Things to See in the National Parks: Your Guide to the Most Popular Features of the US National Parks” by Stephanie Payne (333.78 Payne). I think winter was getting to me when I ordered these books. I apparently was dreaming of getting outdoors!

If you are visiting campgrounds and National Parks, you will undoubtedly be walking and exploring the sites with a minimum of extras to carry. If you happen to own an Apple Watch, it can help you in many ways besides just keeping track of your steps. Just looking through “Apple Watch for Seniors for Dummies” by Dwight Spivey (004.1675 Apple) I saw many features that would be useful when traveling.

Strawberry season is coming! Be prepared with “Strawberries: 50 Tried & True Recipes” by Corrine Kozlak (641.6475 Kozlak). It has delicious strawberry recipes to make use of your fresh berries. I don’t think there is anything more inviting then beautiful, ripe, red strawberries! Volume three of the popular Magnolia Table cookbooks is now available. “Magnolia Table: A Collection of Recipes for Gathering, Volume 3” by Joanna Gaines (641.5975 Gaines) is filled with Joanna’s favorite recipes that she makes over and over for family and friends. I’m a fan and you will be too!

On a more serious note… If you are fascinated by true crime stories, you will want to consider “Searching for Savanna: The Murder of One Native American Woman and the Violence Against the Many” by Mona Gable (364.1523 Gable). You may remember the news story from a few years back about the disappearance of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind from Fargo, North Dakota.

Next is a story of political scandal from the 1920s. “Crooked: The Roaring ’20s Tale of a Corrupt Attorney General, A Crusading Senator, and the Birth of the American Political Scandal” by Nathan Masters (345.0232 Masters) tells the story of the most corrupt Attorney General in American history. “In Crooked, Nathan Masters restores this story of murderers, con artists, secret lovers, spies, bootleggers, and corrupt politicians to its full, page-turning glory.”

Stop in to the library or browse the New Nonfiction tab in the library catalog on our website for more new nonfiction.

Reminder: The library will be closed on Monday May 29, to celebrate the Memorial Day holiday.

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