302014Nov

“First Impressions: A Novel of Old Books, Unexpected Love, and Jane Austen” by Charlie Lovett.

“First Impressions: A Novel of Old Books, Unexpected Love, and Jane Austen” by Charlie Lovett. Viking Adult, 2014. $27.95, 320 pages. Sophie Collingwood, bibliophile and Austen lover, has always adored her Uncle Bertram, the only member of her family who shared her deep love of books. So when he dies in an unexplained accident, Sophie…

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22014Nov

“As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride” by Cary Elwes and Joe Layden

“As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride” by Cary Elwes and Joe Layden. Touchstone, 2014. $26.00, 272 pages. To hear William Goldman tell it, S. Morgenstern wrote one of the all-time greatest stories in the history of literature. It just needed a bit of editing. So Goldman snipped chapters on…

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262014Oct

The Library is For Everyone

The Public Library is for Everyone              Alamance County Public Libraries provide valuable services every day for all county residents. Simple statement, not often thought about, just something we all take for granted. Why think about this now, and what does this have to do with me? Libraries are the hub of information, an asset…

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192014Oct

Fun Scientific Exploration of Silly Questions

What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 320 Pages What if everyone actually had only one soulmate, a random person somewhere in the world? If every person on Earth aimed a laser pointer at the moon at the same time, would it change color?  What if a…

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122014Oct

“Dorothy Must Die” by Danielle Paige.

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige.  2014, Harper Collins.  452 pages Sixteen-year-old Amy Gumm wants out of her hometown, Flat Hill, Kansas. She is tired of being, “Salvation Amy,” a perpetual target for Madison Pendleton and her clique of mean girls. She is tired of living in a rundown trailer with her drug-addicted mom. She…

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52014Oct

Scandals of Classic Hollywood: Sex, Deviance, and Drama from the Golden Age of American Cinema by Anne Helen Petersen

“Scandals of Classic Hollywood: Sex, Deviance, and Drama from the Golden Age of American Cinema” by Anne Helen Petersen. Plume, 2014. $16.00, 289 pages. Celebrity gossip seems to be everywhere these days. From CNN to TMZ to the grocery store checkout lanes, you can barely turn around without seeing a headline about someone’s baby bump,…

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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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