Among The Shelves


June 2017

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood was first published in 1986 but has seen a resurgence of interest due to the premier of the Hulu original series based on the book. Atwood’s book is available to download on Ok Virtual Library along with several other dystopian novels featuring strong female characters including California by Edan Lupucki, The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood, and When She Woke by Hillary Jordan which are available in print and ebooks.

Author Greg Iles has written a trilogy beginning with Natchez Burning, and continuing with The Bone Tree and Mississippi Blood. The trilogy is available in print and ebook.

The Midnight Cool by Lydia Peelle is new historical fiction set in Richfield in 1916 and a new fantasy titled The Dragon’s Legacy by Deborah R. Wolf.

Ginny Moon a debut novel by Benjamin Ludwig is about an autistic teenager who has spent years in foster care. Other new fiction includes Saints for All Occasions by J. Courtney Sullivan.

Other new fiction includes The Alice Network by Kate Quinn; Grief Cottage by Gail Godwin; The Heirs by Susan Rieger; Point of Contact by Mike Maden who is continuing Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan Jr. series; The Supremes Sing the Happy Heartache Blues by Edward Kelsey Moore; The Widow Nash by Jamie Harrison; and The Silent Corner by Dean Kootnz.

On Monday August 21, 2017, many locations in the United States such as Kansas City and Lincoln Nebraska will experience a total solar eclipse. American Eclipse by David Baron chronicles a similar event in July of 1878 which darkened the skies in a line from Texas to Montana at the dawn of the Gilded Age.

Other nonfiction at the library includes Bill O’Reilly’s Legends & Lies: The Civil War which is the companion to the Fox news series written by David Fisher. Two books, The Death of Expertise by Tom Nichols and Everybody Lies by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz explore how the availability and interpretation of information is changing what we believe about ourselves and others and why it matters. Also available is Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow, the book that inspired the hit Broadway musical, Hamilton.

The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin has been chosen as the 2nd Summer Book Club book. The book is a fictional account of the life of Anne Morrow Lindbergh. The discussion will be held on Friday, July 7, 2017. If you are interested in participating in an informal discussion group, contact the library for more details.

The Ok Virtual Library contains thousands of ebooks and audio that can be checked out and downloaded free of charge to your tablet, phone, or Kindle. Many new titles are being added every week. To reserve any of these titles, log on to or call the library at 580-623-7748. Contact the library if you need assistance setting up this service.

Library hours are Monday through Friday, 9-6 and 9-1 on Saturday. Classes for all ages are scheduled for the summer. Contact the library for a current schedule of events.