More than a Loving Day

Loving Day was a very interesting read about Warren Duffy, a modern day character who just happened to be an unsuccessful comic book writer that is nearly broke, recently divorced, and orphaned.  He is of Irish American decent from his father who has recently died. He returns to settle the estate which turns out to be a haunted mansion in a questionable neighborhood.

While at a comic book convention he meets a daughter he never knew he had  who he encourages to embrace all aspects of her ethnicity, although he struggles to fully do so himself. Although he identifies with black culture his complexion looks white and he often finds himself in questionable situations because of this.  Warren enrolls his daughter into a special school, the Melange Center, (a charter school for mixed race children) which Warren begins to believe is a cult. All sorts of problems arise that lead us up to the Loving Day- a celebration that recognizes the Supreme Court decision about the Mildred and Richard Loving Case.

The book was funny at times and I really liked that it takes place in the present day and coaches us to  acknowledge and think about what it means to be biracial in today’s America.  The author did a great job of fully developing these characters and handling this topic.

Notable New Novels


These great fiction titles from a variety of genres just came in and have no waiting lists!

costner[Adventure] Kevin Costner (yes, the actor) has written a book with author John Baird called The Explorer’s Guild. Set in WWI-era, it’s about a quest by a covert group of elite adventurers to find a mythical Buddhist city. This is the first installment in a planned series.

[Dystopian] Gold Fame Citrus, by Claire Vaye Watkins, is a dystopian story about survivors during unrelenting drought in not-far-future Southern California. This would be a good choice if you liked similar dystopian novel California by Edan Lepucki.

[Fantasy] Jeweled Fire is the next entry in fantasy author Sharon Shinn’s Elemental Blessings series. After losing her throne Princess Corene stows away on a ship bound for a neighboring kingdom in hopes of marrying a prince. This might be a good read if you’ve already finished all of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander books.

[Holiday Mystery] Anne Perry’s A Christmas Escape is a holiday mystery involving a lonely widower exploring a Mediterranean island who ends up investigating a murder committed at his hotel. Holiday mysteries are a fun annual tradition you might’ve stumbled upon by popular authors like Joanna Fluke and Mary Higgins Clark. Even Agatha Christie had some.

wolf[Thriller] Did you know the creator of Law & Order writes novels now? If you didn’t, try this latest thriller, The Ultimatum from Dick Wolf. Police Detective Jeremy Fisk hunts a terrorist sniper using aerial drones to make his kills. This might be a good match for you if you like Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch books or James Patterson’s Alex Cross series.

[Mystery] Jefferson Bass’s newest novel is Breaking Point. After his professional expertise is questioned, main character Bill Brockton is once again threatened by a serial killer from his past. These books are a good match if you like Patricia Cornwell’s Kay Scarpetta series or the Temperance Brennan books by Kathy Reichs.

Find all recently added titles on our New Arrivals page.

NaNoWriMo with JMRL

NaNoWriMo logo.November is National Novel Writing Month, also known as NaNoWriMo. The NaNoWriMo challenge is simple, but certainly not easy: to write an entire 50,000-word novel in one month.

JMRL has planned a few events to help writers who are participating in NaNoWriMo. Feel free to attend these events or swing by the library anytime to work on your novel.

NaNoWriMo Kickoff Party
Monday, November 2 at 6-8pm
Northside Library
Celebrate the beginning of the NaNoWriMo challenge by picking up writing prompts and exercises, worksheets, and other writing resources while enjoying light refreshments. Dive right into your novel while you’re here, or just relax and connect with other writers.
No registration is required.

Come Write In: A NaNoWriMo Workspace
Every Tuesday in November (November 3, 10, 17, & 24) from 6-8pm
Central Library, Madison Room
Drop in to the Madison for a quiet space to work on your NaNoWriMo challenge. Light refreshments and coffee will be served!
No registration is required.

NaNoWriMo Wrap-Up Celebration
Tuesday, December 1 at 6-8pm
Northside Library
Now that NaNoWriMo is over and you’ve lived to tell the tale, ease back into real life by celebrating the end of the month with other WriMos. Stop by to swap stories about your successes and failures, enjoy treats, and relax without worrying about your word count. All NaNoWriMo participants are welcome, regardless of the final status of your novel.
No registration is required.

The Central Library hosts a creative writing group for writers that you can attend if you need additional help with your novel. Feel free to join the group in November, or any month of the year.

Creative Writing Group
Third Wednesdays at 6pm (November 18)
Central Library
Explore a world of creative writing with activities and prompts to get your creativity flowing. Feel free to share your work in this non-judgmental environment.
Registration is requested, but not required. 

Although it won’t be meeting in November, the Central Library also hosts a writing critique group, which usually meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month from 6-8pm.

For more information on these events and other writing resources at JMRL, please visit, email, or call 434.979.7151×4.