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Books for the beach at the Detroit Lakes Library

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Beat the heat and high temps at the beach with books, audio books and eBooks from Detroit Lakes Library!

If you're looking for a book to read in the hammock, on the beach or with the air conditioning cooling you down, Detroit Lakes Library has the beach-ready book for you!

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We have everything from chick-lit to historical fiction for both teens and adults committed to lounging on the beach to make the most of long, beautiful Minnesota summer days.

Stop in the Detroit Lakes Library for a book on the way to the lake or browse the Lake Agassiz Regional Library web catalog for a title you're interested in checking out. Visit http://digital.larl.org to download an Audiobook or eBook without leaving your sunny spot! Remember to reapply that sunscreen!

The Paris Wife by Paula McLain. (Available in Book, Audiobook and Book-on CD formats.)

History is sadly neglectful of the supporting players in the lives of great artists. Fortunately, fiction provides ample opportunity to bring these often fascinating personalities out into the limelight.

Gaynor Arnold successfully resurrected the much-maligned Mrs. Charles Dickens in Girl in a Blue Dress (2009), now Paula McLain brings Hadley Richardson Hemingway out from the formidable shadow cast by her famous husband.

Though doomed, the Hemingway marriage had its giddy high points, including a whirlwind courtship and a few fast and furious years of the expatriate lifestyle in 1920s Paris. Hadley and Ernest traveled in heady company during this gin-soaked and jazz-infused time, and readers are treated to intimate glimpses of many of the literary giants of the era, including Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, James Joyce, and F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Cloaked by Alex Flinn. (Available in Book, Audiobook and eBook formats.)

A princess, a cobbler, a witch, and modern-day South Beach mash up in Flinn's latest fairy-tale retelling.

Johnny works tirelessly in a luxury hotel's shoe-repair shop, dreaming of becoming a high-end shoe designer. He sees an opportunity to get his shoes on famous feet when a hard-partying European princess moves in.

Victoriana notices Johnny, too, and thinks he is just the one to find her brother, Prince Philippe, who was turned into a frog as blackmail for Victoriana's hand in marriage. She gives Johnny a fistful of cash, a transporting cloak, and an earpiece that allows him to understand animals that used to be human, which are a lot more plentiful in Florida than he ever imagined. Instead of a well-known classic, several lesser-known tales combine here to give the book a nice blend of the familiar (the frog who needs a kiss to transform) and the novel (how will a puny kid best two giants?). Readers will keep turning pages to figure out just how many transmogrifications Johnny can resolve, and whose dreams will come true.

Library Happenings Calendar

• Tuesday, July 19: Intro to Microsoft Excel Computer Class. 10:30 a.m.

• Tuesday, July 19: Library Book Club, 3 p.m. July's Library Book Club selection is City of Thieves by David Benioff. All are welcome to attend.

• Wednesday, July 20: "Garden Harvesting" with Janet Leitheiser, 1 p.m.

• Thursday, July 21: Destination Bulgaria, 2 p.m.

Tour guides Amy Soma and Dotz Johnson, have traveled on the ancient paths of Sofia. They will take us on an adventure of story and culture from Bulgaria, as part of the "One World Many Stories" Summer Reading Program.

Library hours

Regular hours for the Detroit Lakes Library are Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

It is closed on Sundays.

For more information on library services and programs, please call 218-847-2168 or visit your library at 1000 Washington Ave.

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