Beyond the Book

This month we are going Beyond the Book with Northfield by Johnny Boggs.  It is a fictional account of the 1876 robbery of the First National Bank in Northfield, Minnesota, by the James-Younger gang. Some strong language is involved. The James-Younger gang consisted of Cole and Bob Younger and Frank and Jesse. Each chapter is told from the viewpoint of a different character involved in the raid from the robbers themselves to the lawmen to everyday citizens in the town.  Including those viewpoints of the James and Younger brothers.  Even though this book is considered western fiction, it is great for non western fans as well.  Jesse James and his gang are fascinating historical characters and this book would be enjoyed by historical fiction or true crime stories fans also!

The author, Johnny D. Boggs, is an award winning western author.  He has won a record of eight Spur Awards from the Western Writers of America and the winner of the Western Heritage Wrangler award!  Booklist magazine called him “among the best western writers at work today. He also received the 2020 Owen Wister Award for Lifetime Contributions to Western Literature.   Boggs grew up in South Carolina and now lives Santa Fe, New Mexico with his wife and son.  He knew from an early age that he wanted to be a writer and got an interest in the West when he watched Gunsmoke as a kid with his dad.*

If you would like to discover more about the robbery gone bad of the First National Bank in Northfield from everyone involved, call the library at 515.281.1323 to request this book!  Once you have read it, call or email with your review or thoughts.  You might hear your words in the next Beyond the Book segment in the July Library News. We would love to hear from you!  Call 515.452.1329 or email library@blind.state.ia.us.

*Source: www.johnnydboggs.com

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Beyond the Book

If you listen to the Library News Podcast on your circulation cartridge or through this blog, you may have heard of Beyond the BookBeyond the Book is a segment we do every other month in Library News that highlights an audiobook in our collection.  We introduce the book, give readers a chance to request that book, and then readers have an opportunity to offer a review or their thoughts on the book by calling in or emailing the library.  A few select reviews or thoughts will be read in the next installment of the Beyond the Book on Library News.  In addition, we could also go Beyond the Book by discussing the author, setting of the book, or characters in the book or more!

Currently, we are going Beyond the Book with a western by Johnny Boggs titled Northfield (DB67254)Northfield is a fictional account of the 1876 robbery of the First National Bank in Northfield, Minnesota, by the James-Younger gang. The raid unfolds from various perspectives, including those of outlaws Frank and Jesse James, Sheriff James Glispin, the daughter of a murdered teller, and the gun-toting town residents. There is some strong language.

Call the library at 515-281-1323 to request this title or head over to BARD and download it.  Once you have read it, contact us and give us a review!  We would love to hear from you!  Call Leslie at 515-452-1329 or email library@blind.state.ia.us with your opinions!  You may hear your thoughts on a segment of Beyond the Book.  You can choose to remain anonymous if you would like.

Past Beyond the Book titles have been:

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