Westerns Upended

Horses. Cowboys. Gunfights. Genderfluid outlaws? If you've written off Westerns because of their stereotypes, make like Annie Oakley and give one of these books a shot. They upend the conventions of the genre in new and interesting ways. Here is the booklist in the catalog - https://decorah.biblionix.com/?booklist=27097 The Sisters Brothers - Patrick deWitt Hermann Kermit … [Read More]

September Book Groups

Decorah Public Library staff are hosting four book discussions in September. The groups are open to the public and newcomers are encouraged to attend. Anyone interested should call the library at 382-3717 to learn more or to reserve a book. Zoom links are available on the Library’s website or you can email ktorresdal@decorah.lib.ia.us to be … [Read More]

Biking Field Trips

Are you interested in spending time outside, exploring Decorah, and getting some miles in on your bike? Join Winneshiek County Conservation, Upper Exploreland's Walking School Bus, and Decorah Public Library for Biking Field Trips. During this four week session, we'll bike to a different destination every Tuesday and do some guided exploration. This hands on … [Read More]

Contemporary Poetry

Wondering if you should be reading more poetry? Here are 8 collections to spend time exploring. Here's the list in the catalog - https://decorah.biblionix.com/?booklist=27005   The Rain in Portugal - Billy Collins The Rain in Portugal—a title that admits he’s not much of a rhymer—sheds Collins’s ironic light on such subjects as travel and art, … [Read More]

Campus Novels

Summer is ending and school is starting, so here are 8 novels set on college campuses. Not sure where to start? We recommend The Secret History. Here's a link to this list in the catalog - https://decorah.biblionix.com/?booklist=26873 Wonder Boys - Michael Chabon A wildly successful first novel made Grady Tripp a young star, and seven years … [Read More]

Left-Field Short Story Collections by Women

Call them magical realism, call them fairytale-esque, call them gothic body horror, call them speculative fiction, call them whatever you want - these weird, off-kilter short story collections defy expectations and conventions and take you in directions you won't expect. You can't go wrong with any of them, but your list maker's personal favorites are: All … [Read More]


This week, we've got a list of books to help you make sense of your world! Check out these books about historical maps, making your own maps, maps of imaginary places, and the ways maps have shaped the world as we know it. Here's a link to these books in the library's catalog -  https://decorah.biblionix.com/?booklist=26803 The … [Read More]

Myths Retold By Women

Love. War. Deceit. Betrayal. Tricksters. Gods. Trickster Gods. Mythology has it all.Here's a selection of some of the best recently-published retelling and reimagining of classic myths by women.You can find all these titles in the library's catalog here - https://decorah.biblionix.com/?booklist=26731 Trail of Lightning - Rebecca Roanhorse While most of the world has drowned beneath the … [Read More]

Nordic Books

It's Nordic Fest in Decorah this week, so here are 8 books that explore the 5 Nordic countries. (We'll save you the google search - Nordic usually refers to Iceland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Finland. Scandinavia is usually just Norway, Sweden, and Denmark.) Stop in during the fest for the AC, a comfy chair and … [Read More]

Essay Collections

This week, we've got a list of essay collections for you. From John Green's funny, deeply humane Anthropocene Reviewed to Marilynne Robinson's blisteringly intelligent What Are We Doing Here, you'll probably find something on this list to make you think. And think. And think. Here's a link to the list in the catalog - https://decorah.biblionix.com/?booklist=26567 [Read More]