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Join us in our winter reading theme of "Hot Reads for Cold Nights"—curl up with a good book when the temperature drops below freezing. Staff recommendations for winter nights' reading are on display in the New Media section, and free bookmarks are available. We want to hear what book you would recommend, too! Just send us the title and author of the book you are recommending, along with a brief sentence describing why you think others will like the book too. Drop off your submission at the front desk, or e-mail us at cloquetlibrary(at) The first 10 people to send us a book recommendation will receive a free refrigerator magnet with the "Hot Reads for Cold Nights" theme. Your recommendations will be added here on our blog.

Here is a list of titles our staff and library friends recommend:

Library's Top Pic:
Sisterhood of the Hennepin Chalice
By Jack Salmela
Duluth and Minneapolis locations figure in this Northland mystery/thriller involving the Kensington Rune Stone, a Norwegian Lutheran Church, and a society dedicated to protecting the secret history of early Norse exploration of North America. With a light, readable style, Duluth author Salmela spins an intriguing mystery that touches on matters of faith, history, and relationships.

by Karen Robards
Fast-paced romantic suspense.

Norwegian Wood
by Haruki Murakami.
A college student's romantic coming-of-age, a journey to that distant place of a young man's first, hopeless, and heroic love. Movie tie-in.

The Dangerous Islands
by Seamas Cain
A young Irish-American's experience amidst the political turmoil of Northern Ireland from 1965 to 1998—one of the most challenging, intricate works of fiction published in the past year. Cloquet author.

The Seven Daughters of Eve
by Bryan Sykes
This book sheds light on our first ancestors and is a must for anyone interested in their origins.

Sarah Paretsky
V.I. Warshawski is still the smart-mouthed P.I., though she's mellowed with age. A must read!

"V" is for Vengeance
by Sue Grafton
Sue Grafton's alphabet mysteries are always an entertaining read!

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
by Jamie Ford
A spectacular story about innocent love intertwined with American history – it will open your eyes about the treatment of Japanese Americans during WWII.

Heat Wave
By Richard Castle
A quirky mystery novel based on the TV show Castle that will make you laugh out loud.

Mary H.:
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
by Sherman Alexie
Told with wry humor and awareness, this semi-autobiographical novel tells of the resiliency of the human spirit as a 14-year-old boy leaves the reservation.

Cynthia Johnson, President, Sons of Norway-Heimsyn Lodge
Out Stealing Horses
by Per Petterson
A stunning book—one of the few that everyone in my book club liked.

Pat Ebel, Friends of the Library
A Dog's Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron
This is the remarkable story of one endearing dog's search for his purpose over the course of several lives, touching on the universal quest for an answer to life's most basic question: "Why are we here?"

Barbara Birkeland, Friends of the Library, Library Board member
Cutting for Stone
by Abraham Verghese
Whether you are interested in medicine, relationships (especially that of twins), a good story, fine writing, or an aura of mystery, this book will keep you entranced.

Cathy Rikkola, Library Board member
One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd
by Jim Fergus
Tells the story--in diary and letter form--of a young woman, who in 1875, travels to the American West to marry Little Wolf, the chief of the Cheyenne nation.

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