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Ashley Giese

La Crosse County Library - Onalaska Public Library

September 15, 2017

Tis the season, hunting season that is. Hunting is one of America’s greatest past times. With the arrival of fall and all the colors and the crisp weather, the hunters can be found in the woods and swamps. Nobody, regardless of age or experience, knows it all. So whether you are a duck hunter, bow hunter, gun deer hunter or small game hunter, the La Crosse County Library is here to help.

250 Amazing Hunting Tips: The Best Tactics and Techniques to Get Your Game This Season by Lamar Underwood and Nate Matthews is packed with tips and tricks of the trade for all game hunters. The book discusses the types of game that most people hunt: deer, elk, bear, turkey, duck, small game and many more. The book is divided in chapters by animal and tips can be found for both inexperienced and experienced hunters alike.

The Complete Guide to Hunting, Butchering, and Cooking Wild Game by Steven Rinella is a must for all hunting enthusiast. This book provides basic information needed to have a successful hunting trip. It is divided into sections including gear, tactics and strategies, big game: species and methods, butchering and cooking big game. Also included are some recipes so you can enjoy all your hard work.
If you are looking at only hunting small game The Complete Guide to Hunting, Butchering, and Cooking Wild Game. Volume 2, Small game and fowl is another great choice.

You may wonder when you see older books on our shelf if the content is still relevant. The Art of Hunting by Norman Strung is one that stands the test of time. The author starts out by providing information about the habitat and behavior of wild game. He then addresses the types of weapons and the animals that you hunt with them. He also has useful information for hunting everything from waterfowl, small game and large game.

The difference between a good hunt and a bad hunt is preparation. If you would like to check out or reserve any of these titles, stop into your favorite branch of the La Crosse County Library in Bangor, Campbell, Holmen, Onalaska or West Salem or visit us on the web at www.lacrossecountylibrary.org


Empty Mansions

Sherri Sinniger

La Crosse Public Library - Onalaska Public Library

September 8, 2017

Mysterious Recluse Heiress- Was her Fortune Squandered? This question was all I needed to jump into the book “Empty Mansions: the Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune” by Bell Dedman and Paul Clark Newell, Jr. It chronicles the life of Huguette Clark, the daughter of W.A. Clark, the copper industrialist, and his young second wife Anna.

Anna and her sister Andree led a life of splendor in mansions, New York apartments, and traveling abroad. Huguette had a lifelong attraction to dolls and doll houses. She was a voracious art collector and owned an invaluable Stradivarius violin. A series of unfortunate deaths and events led her into living in a hospital for the rest of her life, away from the eyes of everyone.

She lost her father at a very young age, and her beloved sister, Andree died at the age of 17 from spinal meningitis. Her family developed a phobia of germs, and the death of her mother and aunt only pushed her farther into hiding.
At age 58, she moved into the Doctor’s Hospital, and refused to leave. She was very healthy, and was cared for by a private duty nurse, Hadasshah. She and her family were gifted many millions of dollars for providing care for Huguette. Many other friends, relatives, and acquaintances got benefit from her generosity.

Huguette lived until she was almost 105 years old. Of course, her relatives were keen to contest any will she had signed, and a long trail of arbitration began.

Join in the opulent luxury, the eccentricity and the curiosities of life as a recluse heiress. Was she duped by her friends and family?

Huguette had a favorite French fable “The Cricket”, and the last line in English is:
“How much am I going to love my deep retreat?
To live happily, live hidden.”
En Francais,
Pour vivre heureux,
Vivons, cache.
Read more about Huguette in “The Phantom of Fifth Avenue: The Mysterious Life and Scandalous Death of Heiress Huguette Clark”, by Meryl Gordon.


Fiction Schmiction

Carol Petrowski

La Crosse County Library - Onalaska Public Library

September 1, 2017

Librarians are frequently asked a seemingly simple question. “What is the difference between fiction and nonfiction?” Exactly how we answer may depend upon the age of the questioner, how busy we are at the moment, or how really interested the person is in the philosophy of library organization.

Answers range from simplistic (Fiction is made up and nonfiction is true.) to wry (“The only difference between reality and fiction is that fiction needs to be credible.” Mark Twain)

HOWEVER. There is a more than a whiff of imperfection in either answer. Even a quick google search reveals over 70,000 attempts to explain the difference. Then you have to consider who determines the genre of a book. The author? Critics? The publisher? Can a book be both fiction and nonfiction? Or change from one to the other? It’s been said that trying to fit a book into a narrowly defined box can be a fool’s errand.

Does strewing occasional facts throughout a novel make it nonfiction? Does adding florid passages to a true story change a work of nonfiction into a novel? When a memoir is based on memories later determined to be “enhanced,” is the book still nonfiction? And just how do we deal with “alternative facts”? Can nonfiction be “fake”? Is truthiness measureable?

Classifying, cataloging and even casually describing a genre-bending book is, like old age, not for sissies. Librarians try to be objective in determining the genre of a book, but it is a tricky business. Without the unsung heroes of the library world, the catalogers, libraries would be just storage rooms for books in no particular order. So let’s applaud catalogers’ efforts to corral and organize those pesky books that seem to elude definitive classification. Stop in and let us help you through the world of literary fiction, creative nonfiction, historical fiction, metafiction, autobiographical novels, cult literature, realistic fiction, auto-fiction, narrative nonfiction and “novels based on true stories” to name just a few of the interesting ways authors and publishers self-describe their latest works.






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