142014Sep

Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Landline by Rainbow Rowell   2014, St. Martin’s Press   308 pages Thirty-something Georgie McCool is living her dream. She is married to her college sweetheart, and they have two smart, beautiful, daughters. She and her writing partner, Seth, are the lead writers for a wildly successful sitcom. Best of all, her show, the show she and…

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142014Sep

Choosing Civility: The Twenty-Five Rule of Considerate Conduct by P.M. Forni

Choosing Civility:  The Twenty-Five Rule of Considerate Conduct by P.M. Forni Alamance County Public Libraries is excited to host several programs this month that coincide with our theme of “Choosing Civility.” This is based on P.M. Forni’s Choosing Civility: The Twenty-Five Rules of Considerate Conduct and his Civility Project at Johns Hopkins. In his book,…

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242014Aug

Brunette Ambition by Lea Michele

Brunette Ambition by Lea Michele To “fangirl” is to live, eat and breathe one’s current obsession and at this point in time, I am fangirling over Lea Michele. Naturally, when she published her first book, I snatched it up quicker than Glee character Rachel Berry would snatch a solo and I was not disappointed. At…

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102014Aug

$2 Dinners Cook Book by Penny Hawkins

$2 Dinners Cook Book by Penny Hawkins.   Tate Publishing, 2014. $14.99, 252 pages. In today’s economy, the grocery store can put quite a strain on one’s wallet, especially with a family to feed. Rising costs of food and shrinking amounts of available cooking time can make homemade meals a difficult prospect at best. Local author…

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272014Jul

More than This by Patrick Ness

More than This by Patrick Ness   Candlewick Press, 2013   472 pages Seth Wearing awakens, naked, thirsty and starving, on a vaguely familiar sidewalk in a deserted neighborhood. His only solid memory is of his own death. Seth vividly recalls drowning in the ocean. He remembers tossing around like a rag doll in the waves and…

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272014Jul

The Rosie Project by Graeme C. Simsion

The Rosie Project by Graeme C. Simsion  Whether intentional or not, the similarities are numerous between Don Tillman, hero of Graeme Simsion’s simple but sweet novel The Rosie Project, and Sheldon Cooper, the idiosyncratic, socially inept character from the television show The Big Bang Theory. Both are college professors engaged in the sciences; both display…

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292014Jun

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender By Leslye Walton

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender  By Leslye Walton  2014, Candlewick Press    301 pages The Roux family has a tendency towards foolish love. For two generations, various family members have longed for unrequited love, fallen in love with the wrong people, changed themselves for love, and even died for love. When they emigrate…

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222014Jun

The Skin Collector by Jeffery Deaver

The Skin Collector by Jeffery Deaver.   Grand Central Publishing, 2014. $28.00, 448 pages. It’s been more than a decade since Lincoln Rhyme encountered a killer known as “The Bone Collector,” and now, years later, the past has returned in the form of murders that seem to be an homage to the original. But instead of…

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12014Jun

Wool by Hugh Howey

Wool by Hugh Howey  In the age of new technology, the first few chapters of the author Hugh Howey’s Wool series were released in 2011 as stand alone, 99 cent novella through Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing. After immediate success, Howey began to write subsequent chapters, the first five of which were combined and released online…

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182014May

The Lincoln Myth by Steve Berry

The Lincoln Myth   by Steve Berry. Ballantine Books, 2014. $27.00, 448 pages. September, 1861. In the early days of the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln had been president for a short six months, and already the country had torn itself in two. Determined to reunite the country, Lincoln is prepared to do whatever is necessary…

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