At your library: GoodReads recommendations for chilly autumn weather

With the arrival of October and chillier weather, curling up with a good book, a cup of hot cider and a toasty blanket seems even more appealing. A recent edition of the blog GoodReads featured author Leif Enger, whose book Peace Like a River became a national bestseller.

This fall, Enger releases his newest novel, Virgil Wander, a tale set in a small Minnesota community.

“Books set in tiny towns offer a rich stew of conflict, betrayal, and misunderstanding not to mention romantic longings and acts of outsized decency,” Enger said

Virgil Wander is the story of a small-town movie house owner whose perspective is changed after an encounter with death. Virgil is “cruising along at medium altitude” when his car flies off the road into ice Lake Superior. Virgil survives, but his language and memory are altered, and he emerged into a world no longer familiar to him. Awakening in this new life, Virgil begins to piece together his personal history and the lore of his broken hometown of Greenstone, Minnesota, with the help of a cast of affable and curious locals – from Rune, a kite-flying stranger investigating the mystery of his disappeared son; to Nadine, the reserved, enchanting wife of the vanished man; to Tom, a journalist and Virgil’s oldest friend; and a prodigal son whose return might bring either ruin or renewal.

Leif Enger grew up in Osakis, Minnesota, and worked as a reporter for Minnesota Public Radio before writing Peace Like a River. His second novel, So Brave, Young and Handsome, was also a national bestseller and won the High Plains Book Award for Fiction.

Stop in the Cordova Public Library and see if you can’t find a couple of good reads to curl up with this autumn!

The Cordova Public Library is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Closed Mondays.