Chronicles of a Radical Hag (with recipes)

My book club recently read Chronicles of a Radical Hag (with recipes) (2019). We all enjoyed the novel and it inspired a wonderful discussion. Lorna Landvik's writing style is beautiful and humorous, though the non-chronological storytelling is sometimes difficult to follow.

Haze Evans, 81, has been a columnist for her local newspaper in small town Minnesota for the past 50 years. After she suffers a stroke and is hospitalized, the newspaper's editor reprints some of her columns, highlighting major cultural events from the past. Haze's personality is very likable, and her elegant word choices and storytelling abilities really draw you into her life.

The editor's teenage son needs a job, and is given the task of sifting through Haze's past columns and deciding which ones to run. As he comes to know more about Haze and the issues she wrote about, he's inspired to share them with his English class at school, which profoundly affects his classmates, their teacher, and all involved in reprinting the columns.

Listen to the audiobook on Hoopla today.

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Online Genealogy Meeting - Irish Ancestry

Learn tips and tricks for researching your Irish ancestry during our Genealogy Group program via Zoom Thursday, June 25, 1 p.m.

Register at least 24 hours in advance.

IPPL cardholders still have free access to our library's edition of Ancestry from home at any time. Go to swanlibraries.net/ancestry/ and sign in with your card to get started.



Genealogy Zoom Chat Series

Do you want to learn more about genealogy? Click here to see a great line-up of free online Zoom chats organized by the Algonquin Area Public Library District. Have your questions answered live by genealogy librarians from around Illinois.

Wednesday April 29 6:00 PM Break Down Brick Walls

Wednesday May 6 6:00 PM Ancestry Library Edition

Wednesday May 13 6:00 PM Finding Military Records

Wednesday May 20 6:00 PM About DNA

Wednesday May 27 6:00 PM Using FamilySearch


Did you know that Indian Prairie Library has a genealogy group? 

Their next meeting will also be held via Zoom - sign up here:

Thursday May 28th 1pm-3pm Researching at the Newberry Library