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2016 is in full swing and that means the library is already planning out the events for the year.  One Book, One Community may still be nine months away, but we can’t wait to get started!

That’s where we need your help.  We’re taking suggestions for this year’s One Book, One Community Selection.  Know any locally-authored, Midwestern-centric, or community-driven stories?  We want to know about them!

So, what is One Book, One Community?

The staff of area public libraries and schools are working together to plan community-wide events, discussions, and author talks centered around a single book promoted for everyone to read.  Really, it’s like a giant, yearly, intercity book club.  We encourage anyone and everyone to join in the fun.  Even if you’re not able to finish the book, or if you can only make it to a few scheduled events, we’d love to hear what  you have to say!

This year, the Moorhead Library is participating in discussions and events with the Fargo, and West Fargo Public Libraries, MSUM, Concordia, NDSU and Moorhead Community Education.  It’s a great opportunity to get the whole community talking!

1b1clogoIn the past, we’ve discussed:

  • The Giver by Lois Lowry (2012)
  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville (2013)
  • Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline (2014), and
  • Fractured Land by Lisa Westberg Peters (2015)

We’ve had great successes with planning multiple events for the community to take part in as they read the book, as well as a few really enlightening author talks, so we’re hoping to continue the tradition.

Visit the Moorhead, Fargo, or West Fargo Public Libraries to submit an entry to our suggestion boxes, or visit us online to submit an entry there.

Thanks for your help!

Relationship Reads for the Unromantic

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner; get ready for all the shades of pink and heart-shaped candies you could ever imagine.  You could make plans with that special someone and drool over desserts at an overcrowded restaurant…

Or, you could set a blind date with a book!  Celebrate your Valentine’s spirit with the books below, too.  They may include some harrowing relationships and topics surrounding love, but they are anything but romantic.

Image of itemMad Love and Other Stories by Paul Dini

This Batman one-shot reveals the origins of Harley Quinn as she proves her love to the Joker by trying to eliminate the Dark Knight on her own!

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The Hate List by Jennifer Brown

Sixteen-year-old Valerie, whose boyfriend Nick committed a school shooting at the end of their junior year, struggles to cope with integrating herself back into high school life, unsure herself whether she was a hero or a villain.

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The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer

Paris, 1937. Andras Lévi, a Hungarian-Jewish architecture student, arrives from Budapest with a scholarship, a single suitcase, and a mysterious letter he promised to deliver. But when he falls into a complicated relationship with the letter’s recipient, he becomes privy to a secret that will alter the course of his—and his family’s—history.

Image of itemStardust by Neil Gaiman

The story of young Tristran Thorn and his adventures in the land of Faerie. He has fallen in love with beautiful Victoria Forester and in order to win her hand, he must retrieve a fallen star and deliver it to her.

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The Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

Eighteen-year-old Finn, an outsider in his quiet Midwestern town, is the only witness to the abduction of town favorite Roza, but his inability to distinguish between faces makes it difficult for him to help with the investigation, and subjects him to even more ridicule and bullying.

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Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley

In 1959 Virginia, Sarah, a black student who is one of the first to attend a newly integrated school, forces Linda, a white integration opponent’s daughter, to confront harsh truths when they work together on a school project.

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If I Stay by Gayle Forman

While in a coma following an automobile accident that killed her parents and younger brother, seventeen-year-old Mia, a gifted cellist, weighs whether to live with her grief or join her family in death.


Image of itemI’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios

Skylar Evans, seventeen, yearns to escape Creek View by attending art school, but after her mother’s job loss puts her dream at risk, a rekindled friendship with Josh, who joined the Marines to get away then lost a leg in Afghanistan, and her job at the Paradise motel lead her to appreciate her home town

Image of itemConfessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire

Set against the rich backdrop of seventeenth-century Holland, Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister tells the story of Iris, an unlikely heroine who finds herself swept from the lowly streets of Haarlem to a strange world of wealth, artifice, and ambition. Iris’s path quickly becomes intertwined with that of Clara, the mysterious and unnaturally beautiful girl destined to become her sister.Image of item

Batman:  Hush by Jeph Loeb

Batman sets out to discover the identity of a mysterious mastermind using the Joker, Riddler, Ra’s al Ghul and the Dark Knight’s other enemies – and allies – as pawns in a plan to wreak havoc.

Happy Reading!

The Moorhead Library’s Top Ten…

Characters with Unfortunate Names:

Character:  Phaet Theta
From:  Dove Arising
By: Karen Bao
Reason:  This one is just a “horrible misspelling of ‘fate.'”

Character:  Kick Lannigan
From:  One Kick
By:  Chelsea Cain
Reason:  Is this a “game show host, or fake superhero?”

Character:  America Singer
From:  The Selection series
By: Kiera Cass
Reason:  America Singer, as a full name, is just a recipe for no one taking you seriously.

Character:  Nanny McPhee
From:  Nanny McPhee (2005)
Reason:  It’s surprising Nanny McPhee was able to get a job with a name that sounds so expensive.  (Thanks, Evanthea!)

Character:  North Pascal
From:  Free to Fall
By:  Lauren Miller
Reason:  “I could barely tell this was a person and not a place.”

Character:  Flavia de Luce
From:  The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
By: Alan Bradley
Reason:  We have to wonder what her parents were thinking.

Character:  Rump
From:  Rump:  The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin
By:  Liesl Shurtliff
Reason:  Rumpelstiltskin is already unfortunate to have as a name.  But his nickname is even more unfortunate as one patron pointed out, “Rump=butt”.  (Great pick, Giancarlo!)

Character:  Shadow Moon
From:  American Gods
By:  Neil Gaiman
Reason:  “He should have been introduced by a letter addressed: ‘For Shadow.'”

Character:  Neville Longbottom
From:  The Harry Potter series
By: J.K. Rowling
Reason:  Poor Neville got quite a few votes for his
unfortunate name.  But I think we can agree he’s a pretty good guy. (Thank you, Shaylee).

Character:  Harry Hole
From: The Harry Hole Series
By:  Jo Nesbo
Reason:  If you’re going to be a main character throughout an entire series, it’s best not to have a name that “sounds gross.”

Visit the library to submit an entry to our ballot box for a new Top Ten list every month!

Thanks for your votes!

Mental Health Reads

With the harsh winter weather, January can also bring out the symptoms of a hiding mental illness.  On the subject of mental health, as its awareness is becoming larger, here’s a list of fascinating reads detailing the powerful effects of the mind.

Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan

In a swift and breathtaking narrative, Susannah tells the astonishing true story of her descent into madness, her family’s inspiring faith in her, and the lifesaving diagnosis that nearly didn’t happen. Brain on Fire is an unforgettable exploration of memory and identity, faith and love, and a profoundly compelling tale of survival and perseverance that is destined to become a classic.

Image of itemRewind, Replay, Repeat:  A Memoir of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder by Jeff Bell

Rewind, Replay, Repeat is the revealing story of Jeff Bell’s struggle with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and his hard-won recovery.  His fascinating memoir recounts the depths to which this debilitating anxiety disorder reduced him–to driving his car in continuous circles, scouring his hands in scalding water, and endlessly rewinding, replaying, and repeating in his head even the most mundane daily experiences.

Image of itemMonkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety by Daniel Smith

Daniel Smith’s Monkey Mind is the stunning articulation of what it is like to live with anxiety. As he travels through anxiety’s demonic layers, Smith defangs the disorder with great humor and evocatively expresses its self-destructive absurdities and painful internal coherence.  Here, finally, comes relief and recognition to all those who want someone to put what they feel, or what their loved ones feel, into words.

Image of itemLook Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger’s by John Elder Robison

A born storyteller, Robison has written a moving, darkly funny memoir about a life that has taken him from developing exploding guitars for KISS to building a family of his own. It’s a strange, sly, indelible account—sometimes alien yet always deeply human.

Image of itemA Fractured Mind: My Life with Multiple Personality Disorder by Robert B. Oxnam

Robert Oxnam was a high-profile, successful man: A renowned scholar and president of the Asia Society, he appeared frequently on television and traveled the world as a sought-after expert. But what the millions of people who’d seen him didn’t know–what even those closest to him didn’t know–was that Oxnam suffered from multiple personality disorder.

Image of itemCrazy: A father’s Search through America’s Mental Health Madness by Pete Earley

This is the Earley family’s compelling story, a troubling look at bureaucratic apathy and the countless thousands who suffer confinement instead of care, brutal conditions instead of treatment, in the “revolving doors” between hospital and jail. With mass deinstitutionalization, large numbers of state mental patients are homeless or in jail-an experience little better than the horrors of a century ago.

Image of itemManic: A Memoir by Terri Cheney

An attractive, highly successful Beverly Hills entertainment lawyer, Terri Cheney had been battling debilitating bipolar disorder for the better part of her life—and concealing a pharmacy’s worth of prescription drugs meant to stabilize her moods and make her “normal.” In explosive bursts of prose that mirror the devastating mania and extreme despair of her illness, Cheney describes her roller-coaster existence with shocking honesty, giving brilliant voice to the previously unarticulated madness she endured.

Image of itemIn My Blood: Six Generations of Madness and Desire by John Sedgwick

Following a bloodline that travels from Theodore Sedgwick, compatriot of George Washington and John Adams, to Edie Sedgwick, Andy Warhol’s tragic muse, John Sedgwick’s very personal journey of self-discovery became something far greater: a spellbinding study of the evolution of an extraordinary American family.

Image of itemMadness: A Bipolar Life by Marya Hornbacher

Madness delivers the revelation that Hornbacher is not alone: millions of people in America today are struggling with a variety of disorders that may disguise their bipolar disease. And Hornbacher’s fiercely self-aware portrait of her own bipolar as early as age four will powerfully change, too, the current debate on whether bipolar in children actually exists.

Image of itemOut Came the Sun: Overcoming the Legacy of Mental Illness, Addiction, and Suicide in My Family by Mariel Hemingway

In this deeply moving, searingly honest new memoir, actress and mental health icon Mariel Hemingway shares in candid detail the story of her troubled childhood in a famous family haunted by depression, alcoholism, illness, and suicide.

Stay Cozy!

The Great Resolution Book List

New year, new you!  Even if you’re not one for New Years’ Resolutions, let the library help you make the most of your time and resources!

This list contains a few choice titles regarding home organization, time management, eating well, and volunteering.

Browse our shelves online for even more ways to make 2016 your year!

Christopher Lowell’s Seven Layers of Organization: Unclutter Your Home, Unclutter Your Life by Christopher Lowell.

Christopher Lowell has written several titles and even hosted television shows with his interior design expertise.  This book showcases one of the best ways to center your year; by updating your everyday environment.


Love the Home You Have by Melissa Michaels.

You can love your home. Join Melissa Michaels, creator of the popular blog The Inspired Room, as she shares humor, lessons learned, and encouraging advice so you can: get motivated with the 31-day Love Your Home challenge; declutter, organize, and decorate your rooms with ease; and leap from dreamer to doer with confidence.

This Year I Will–: How to Finally Change a Habit, Keep a Resolution, or Make a Dream Come True by M.J. Ryan.

Every so often people get inspired (again!) to lose weight, get organized, start saving, or stop worrying –but a few months later they give up, frustrated. It doesn’t have to be that way. Bestselling author M.J. Ryan offers breakthrough wisdom and coaching to help readers make this time the time that change becomes permanent.


American Dietetic Association Complete Food and Nutrition Guide by Roberta Larson Duyff.

The choices you make every day about food, nutrition, and health can have a major impact on your life. This book helps you navigate the confusing array of food options to make the most healthful decisions for you and your family.

The Whole 30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom by Melissa Hartwig and Dallas Hartwig.

The Whole30 features more than 100 chef-developed recipes, like Chimichurri Beef Kabobs and Halibut with Citrus Ginger Glaze, designed to build your confidence in the kitchen and inspire your taste buds. The book also includes real-life success stories, community resources, and an extensive FAQ to give you the support you need on your journey to “food freedom.” -from the publisher

Prevention’s Health Guaranteed Cookbook: Customized Eating Plans for Men, Women, and Dieters edited by David Joachim.

This cookbook from the food editors of “Prevention Magazine’s” health books contains 240 luscious recipes organized into 80 seasonal menus with three different calorie levels. Readers simply pick the appropriate calorie count and follow the menus. -from the publisher

Whole Health: a Holistic Approach to Healing for the 21st Century by Mark Mincolla.

In Whole Health, Dr. Mark Mincolla outlines the Whole Health Healing System, his unique method based on more than thirty years’ experience as a holistic medical practitioner. This system integrates elements of classical Chinese medicine, personalized nutrition, and extrasensory energy medicine, while inspiring, empowering, and teaching how to attain balance in body, mind, and spirit. -from the publisher

Motivated by the premature death of his beloved father, who had been overweight and plagued with chronic disease, author J. Michael Zenn took a hard look in the mirror and recognized that, at age forty, he too was on the verge of illness. Overweight, troubled by low energy and bad digestion, Zenn was determined to get healthier for himself and his family and save his own life. -from the publisher

A neuroscientist transforms the way we think about our brain, our health, and our personal happiness in this clear, informative, and inspiring guide—a blend of personal memoir, science narrative, and immediately useful takeaways that [reveal] the powerful connection between exercise, learning, memory, and cognitive abilities. -from the publisher

Volunteer Vacations: Short-term Adventures that will Benefit You and Others by Bill McMillon.

If you’re looking for a way to make a difference while on vacation—simultaneously getting away and using your talents to improve the world—this guide shows you how a short-term volunteer stint can transform your life as much as the people, animals, and ecology you choose to help. -from the publisher

Happy Reading!