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Ready, Set, Snow!

Last winter was rather challenging, and I am apprehensive about how much snow we will get this year. I thought if I embrace snow, maybe it will help me brace for it! Bring it on! Ugh.

Know Your Beholder by Adam Rapp – I read this last March. The first paragraph describes Francis Falbo looking out his window and seeing people on the city street making their way on skis. This was very similar to what I was looking at! The entire story takes place during a snowy winter in Pollard Illinois. It is about Francis, who is a landlord in a house full of eccentrics, he being one of them.

Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia – A snowstorm leaves high school music festival members stranded at high school music festival in an old hotel in upstate New York, that happened to be the locaton of a murder/suicide exactly 15 years ago. This book is a quirky mix of Glee, The Shining and an Agatha Christie story.

Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards – This novel starts out with twins being delivered by their father during a snowstorm. Much later, a long-buried secret comes to light. It is an astonishing tale of redemptive love.

Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton – The narrator of the story finds Mr. Frome an intriguing mystery. He ultimately finds himself in the position of staying overnight at Frome’s house in order to escape a winter storm, and from there he observes Frome and his private circumstances, which he shares and which triggers other people in town to be more forthcoming with their own knowledge and impressions.

Snow Falling on Cedars by Dave Guterson – This novel goes between before and after WWII. In 1954, A fisherman dies in a close-knit community in the Puget Sound region and a Japanese man is accused of the crime. There is still anti-Japanese sentiments in the country at this time.
A murder trial is held during a snowstorm that grips the entire island of Puget Sound. The American newspaper reporter covering the trial was as a young man, in love with a Japanese woman, the defendant’s wife. The reporter and the accused man’s Japanese wife were high school sweethearts that faced opposition to their relationship by both sides of their families. There are more twists and flashbacks that show the complications and


            Valerie Marino is a library assistant at Sawyer Free Library.