Browsing the shelves

Denise Froehlich BBPL Assistant Director

Though many of our patrons enjoy browsing our shelves for new materials, just as many come in with requests they’ve read about in the paper or heard on the radio. In fact, many of our new titles this month came to us originally as patron requests. If you are interested in any of the titles below, you may place a hold online or give us a call at 515-733-2685.

You have many choices on our fiction shelves this week. In “The Downstairs Girl” by Stacey Lee, Jo Kuan leads a double life: a public role as a quiet lady’s maid and a secret one as the voice behind the hottest advice column in 1890 Atlanta.

Author Willian Kent Krueger’s new title, “This Tender Land,” is as big-hearted as they come. Four orphans take a river journey one summer to find themselves — and home.

“Sensible Shoes” author Sharon Garlough Brown gives readers a new novel, “Shades of Light.” Wren Crawford is a social worker who finds herself overwhelmed with the troubles of the world. Her lifelong struggles with anxiety and depression are starting to overcome her. She finds solace in art, spiritual formation and pastoral care along with traditional therapeutic interventions.

These favorite authors have new titles out this week: “The Institute” by Stephen King; “Killer Instinct” by James Patterson; “The Titanic Secret” by Clive Cussler; “Old Bones” by Preston & Child; “One More River to Cross” by Jane Kirkpatrick; “Listening to Love” by Beth Wiseman; and “The Timepiece” by Beverly Lewis.

It has been a light month so far for new nonfiction but we do have two titles for your reading interests. In her memoir “Many Hands Make Light Work,” Cheryl Stritzel McCarthy tells a rollicking true story of a family of nine children growing up in the college town of Ames, Iowa, in the ’60s and ’70s.

“The Case for Christ” by Lee Strobel was made into a movie in 2017. In this revised and updated bestseller, former atheist and Chicago Tribune journalist Strobel cross-examines a dozen experts with doctorates from schools such as Cambridge, Princeton and Brandeis, asking hard-hitting questions — and building a captivating case for Christ’s divinity.

September has been a great month for DVD releases! You’ll find a number of picks including “Rocketman,” “Tolkien,” “Secret Life of Pets 2,” “Godzilla King of the Monsters,” “Men in Black International,” “X-Men Dark Phoenix” and “Disney Aladdin” (2019).

You have two options to make your own request: stop into the library and fill out a request form (be sure to include both your name and phone number so we know who to call if we are able to purchase the item). Or visit our website (, click on “Books & Reading” from the top menu, then click on “Suggestion for Purchase” from the side menu.

We research every suggestion made to the library, applying considerations such as if materials fit with our collection, if they are available from our purchasing outlets, and if our budget stretches in that particular month. Though we are not able to fill every purchase request, we want to hear from you about what items you would like to see in the library. This is the best way for us to tailor the library’s collection specifically to fit our community. Please don’t hesitate to ask; we will tell you all of your options and do our best to find the item for you.

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