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To suggest new materials (published in the last 12 months or that will be released in the next 3 months) that you are unable to find in the Library Catalog, use the Winding Rivers Form for Purchase Suggestions. Please submit ONE title per request. You will be limited to five submissions per week. All fields are required.
- For materials older than one year, contact the Reference Desk for Interlibrary Loan Service at 608.789.7122 or use the Interlibrary Loan Quick Form.
- Please note: the process for purchase suggestions for all Winding Rivers Library System libraries has changed as of 7/1/16. Your request now goes directly to the library where you would like the item sent, and each library has its own criteria for selection. For additional information on library materials policy for the La Crosse Public Library, please see our Material Selection and Donation Policy.
From the New York Times bestselling author of But What if We’re Wrong, a wise and funny reckoning with the decade that gave us slacker/grunge irony about the sin of trying too hard, during the greatest shift in human consciousness of any decade in American history. It was long ago, but not as long as it seems: The Berlin Wall fell and the Twin Towers collapsed. In between, one presidential election was allegedly decided by Ross Perot while another was plausibly decided by Ralph Nader.
Jonathan Evison’s Small World is an epic novel for now. Set against such iconic backdrops as the California gold rush, the development of the transcontinental railroad, and a speeding train of modern-day strangers forced together by fate, it is a grand entertainment that asks big questions. The characters of Small World connect in the most intriguing and meaningful ways, winning, breaking, and winning our hearts again.
The Story of China
A single volume history of China, offering a look into the past of the global superpower and its significance today. Michael Wood has travelled the length and breadth of China, the world’s oldest civilization and longest lasting state, to tell a thrilling story of intense drama, fabulous creativity, and deep humanity that stretches back thousands of years. After a century and a half of foreign invasion, civil war, and revolution, China has once again returned to center stage as a global superpower and the world’s second largest economy. But how did it become so dominant?
Everyone has the same questions about best friends Owen and Luna: What binds them together so tightly? Why weren't they ever a couple? And why do people around them keep turning up dead? In this riveting novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Passenger, every answer raises a new, more chilling question. "Masterfully plotted, The Accomplice is both a keep-you-guessing mystery and a keenly and tenderly observed character study."--Attica Locke, author of Bluebird, Bluebird and Heaven, My Home Owen Mann is charming, privileged, and chronically dissatisfied.
Can't Hurt Me
For David Goggins, childhood was a nightmare -- poverty, prejudice, and physical abuse colored his days and haunted his nights. But through self-discipline, mental toughness, and hard work, Goggins transformed himself from a depressed, overweight young man with no future into a U.S. Armed Forces icon and one of the world's top endurance athletes.
A princess isn’t supposed to fall for an evil sorceress. But in this “bewitching and fascinating” (Tamora Pierce) retelling of “Sleeping Beauty,” true love is more than a simple fairy tale. “Walter’s spellbinding debut is for all the queer girls and women who’ve been told to keep their gifts hidden and for those yearning to defy gravity.”—O: The Oprah Magazine Once upon a time, there was a wicked fairy who, in an act of vengeance, cursed a line of princesses to die. A curse that could only be broken by true love’s kiss. You’ve heard this before, haven’t you? The handsome prince.
Named one of Entertainment Weekly’s 12 biggest music memoirs this fall. “An artful and wildly enthralling path for Bowie fans in particular and book lovers in general.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review) “The only art I’ll ever study is stuff that I can steal from.” ―David Bowie Three years before David Bowie died, he shared a list of 100 books that changed his life. His choices span fiction and nonfiction, literary and irreverent, and include timeless classics alongside eyebrow-raising obscurities.
I Will Judge You by Your Bookshelf
A look at the culture and fanaticism of book lovers, from beloved New York Times illustrator Grant Snider It's no secret, but we are judged by our bookshelves. We learn to read at an early age, and as we grow older we shed our beloved books for new ones. But some of us surround ourselves with books. We collect them, decorate with them, are inspired by them, and treat our books as sacred objects.
The Last Flight
"Fans of Lisa Jewell and Liv Constantine will love The Last Flight, a novel focusing on two women who meet in an airport, both alone, both scared, and both urgently needing an escape from their lives. Claire Cook has a husband whose temper burns as bright as his promising political career, and she has worked for months on a plan to get out. A chance meeting in an airport bar brings her together with a stranger equally as desperate. Together they hatch a plan to switch tickets - Claire taking Eva's flight to Oakland, and Eva traveling to Puerto Rico as Claire.
Last Night at the Telegraph Club
With the threat of deportation looming over her father--in spite of his hard-won citizenship and disavowal of Communism--seventeen-year-old American-born Chinese Lily Hu pursues a relationship with her Caucasian classmate Kath. Includes author's note.
All About Love
A New York Times bestseller and enduring classic, All About Love is the acclaimed first volume in feminist icon bell hooks' "Love Song to the Nation" trilogy. All About Love reveals what causes a polarized society, and how to heal the divisions that cause suffering. Here is the truth about love, and inspiration to help us instill caring, compassion, and strength in our homes, schools, and workplaces. “The word ‘love’ is most often defined as a noun, yet we would all love better if we used it as a verb,” writes bell hooks as she comes out fighting and on fire in All About Love.
The Library offers several ways to connect you with just the right book, music, or movie.
- NoveList is a powerful online tool to help you figure out what to read next.
- Themed fiction and non-fiction book displays at all three locations.
- Book Clubs and movie nights for those who like to dig deeper and share insights. (Check our calendar for upcoming programs.)
- Assistance for those new to ebooks and downloadable media. Call or email the Reference Desk to make an appointment (608-789-7122)
- We have staff who are monster consumers of media and who love to share what they're reading, watching, or listening to. Call or email the Reference Desk for suggestions or chat up circ desk staff at any location for the scoop on what's good.
- Youth Services Librarians can assist you in picking out the right book for the child or teen in your life.
- Are you on Goodreads? Join us there for online book discussions and staff recommendations.
- BookPage, a monthly publication distributed free at all three locations.
- Book Kits, each with 8-15 copies of the book, discussion questions, author information and read-alikes. Search the catalog for "book kit" or browse this annotated list.
The library offers free home delivery to any person who is temporarily or permanently unable to come to the library because of illness, disability, or other factors, and lives within the city of La Crosse.
Volunteers will select library materials based on your reading interests and deliver them to your home at a prearranged time. When you are finished with the materials, the volunteer will pick up and return your materials.
If this service may benefit you or someone you know, call Heather Miller at the La Crosse Public Library, 608-789-7125.
Be part of the La Crosse Public Library’s volunteer team and share your people skills as well as your love of reading. Each volunteer averages three hours per month, per client. You will receive staff support and training.