242016Apr

“The 14th Colony” by Steve Berry

The 14th Colony by Steve Berry New York: Minotaur Books, 2016. Instead of fading into nothingness, ex-KGB officers are going to make a last attempt to seek revenge against the United States for “destroying their country” and have just enough knowledge to get it done.  Cotton Malone, with the help of longtime friends and the…

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172016Apr

“Lovecraft Country” by Matt Ruff

Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff. “…Stories are like people, Atticus. Loving them doesn’t make them perfect. You try to cherish their virtues and overlook their flaws. The flaws are still there, though.” Influenced by such writers as Edgar Allen Poe and Algernon Blackwood, H. P. Lovecraft published his first cosmic horror stories in the early…

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102016Apr

HeritageQuest

For family history enthusiasts, it’s now been one full year since the subscription genealogy database Heritage Quest updated its search features to more closely match those of industry leader Ancestry.com.  Alamance County Public Libraries subscribes to both, but many library patrons have a special fondness for Heritage Quest since it may be searched from home…

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32016Apr

“Strangers Drowning: Grappling with Impossible Idealism, Drastic Choices, and the Overpowering Urge to Help” by Larissa MacFarquhar,

Strangers Drowning Offers an Exploration of Extreme Do-Gooding Strangers Drowning: Grappling with Impossible Idealism, Drastic Choices, and the Overpowering Urge to Help by Larissa MacFarquhar, Penguin Press, 2015, 320 pages. Imagine you saw three people drowning: your mother and a pair of strangers. You can only save one or the other. Do you sacrifice your…

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272016Mar

The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King

THE BAZAAR OF BAD DREAMS by STEPHEN KING Review by Chris Fox Stephen King has been active in the writing game long enough that a fourth generation of readers is discovering his books. With respect to his more recent novels, the argument could be made (and has been made) that his best work is long…

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202016Mar

“Modern Romance” by Aziz Ansari

“Modern Romance,” by Aziz Ansari. Copyright 2015, Penguin Press (277 pages, $28.95). Ever feel like you’re losing a battle when it comes to dating? There’s OKCupid, Tinder, Meetup, and even Farmersonly.com. You’re overwhelmed by the never ending possibilities, but underwhelmed by the choices available to you. Aziz Ansari, a comedian known for his work alongside…

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62016Mar

“The Japanese Lover” by Isabel Allende

The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende. New York: Atria Books, 2015. (322 pages). My attention is always captured in the first pages of an Isabel Allende novel and this one was no exception. The Japanese Lover, is an absorbing story about family, history, memory, connections and the search for love.  The characters are survivors of…

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282016Feb

“Verbal Chess With a Brazilian Master: the Complete Stories” by Clarice Lispector

VERBAL CHESS WITH A BRAZILIAN MASTER THE COMPLETE STORIES by CLARICE LISPECTOR By Chris Fox While revered throughout Latin America and Europe as a writer on the same level as Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Jorges Luis Borges and Julio Cortazar, Clarice Lispector is not yet a household (or bookshelf) name in the United States. New Directions…

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212016Feb

“The Anxiety Toolkit,” by Alice Boyes

“The Anxiety Toolkit,” by Alice Boyes, PhD. Copyright 2015, Penguin Press (232 pages, $16.00). The Anxiety Toolkit by Alice Boyes, PhD. I hate to admit this, but I have anxiety, as do a number of us, some more so than others. It hits me when I’m driving, when I’m working, when I’m with people, when…

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142016Feb

“The Dead Duke, His Secret Wife, And the Missing Corpse: An Extraordinary Edwardian Case of Deception and Intrigue,” by Piu Marie Eatwell

“The Dead Duke, His Secret Wife, And the Missing Corpse: An Extraordinary Edwardian Case of Deception and Intrigue,” by Piu Marie Eatwell.  (Copyright 2015, W.W. Norton, 338 pages, $27.95) British tabloid newspapers of yesteryear must have reveled in the family secrets divulged as a result of this Edwardian era fraud investigation involving the wealthy and…

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