312016Jan

Slade House by David Mitchell

SLADE HOUSE FAILS TO HAUNT SLADE HOUSE by DAVID MITCHELL Every nine years someone disappears inside sinister Slade House, a house no-one but its intended victims seem able to find. The quest to solve the riddle of Slade House will lead several innocent characters to their doom, while a final confrontation with the evil that…

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242016Jan

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll Think you don’t like graphic novels? Take a look at Emily Carroll’s collection of short stories Through the Woods and think again. As the queen of horror comics, Carroll’s splendidly rich illustrations and poetic writing mesh seamlessly, immersing the reader in the kind of uncanny, half-magic world she excels…

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172016Jan

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Volume 1: Squirrel Power! by Ryan North and Erica Henderson.

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Volume 1: Squirrel Power! by Ryan North and Erica Henderson, Marvel Now!, 2015 At first glance, Squirrel Girl might seem like the most ridiculous idea for a superhero: a hero who is part human, part squirrel.  However, in the capable hands of Ryan North and Erica Henderson, The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl…

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102016Jan

Resolve to Read More

Resolve to Read More Setting goals at the start of a new year may be trite to some, but to others this is the time of promise, change, and commitment.  Like many of you, I’ve set goals for myself this year. The goal I am most excited about is to read more. I know I…

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32016Jan

Moments of Wonder for a Lifetime of Learning

Moments of Wonder for a Lifetime of Learning The Durham Museum of Life and Science has joined other area attractions in offering FREE passes to the Alamance County Public Library patrons.  Located not far from downtown Durham, the Museum is situated on 84-acres and includes a two-story science center, one of the largest butterfly conservatories…

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272015Dec

“The Road to Little Dribbling” by Bill Bryson

The Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in Britain by Bill Bryson. NY: Doubleday, 2016. 400 p. 9780385539289 Travel writing was once the purview of the adventurous and erudite but Bryson reinvigorated and democratized the genre. Twenty years after “Notes from a Small Island” Bill Bryson has taken another trip around Britain that…

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232015Nov

Salem Press and The Reference Shelf

Answers in the Digital Age What is the treatment for Lyme Disease?  How does NC rank with the other states in area and population?  What was the War of the Roses all about?  Who was Anne Bonny?  What are MOOCs and why are they important? Many years ago, when I was just a baby librarian,…

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222015Nov

“Voracious: A Hungry Reader Cooks Her Way through Great Books” by Cara Nicoletti and “My Kitchen Year” by Ruth Reichl

I recently savored two books, both mash-ups of memoir and cookbook. The first was Voracious: A Hungry Reader Cooks Her Way through Great Books by Cara Nicoletti, and then, My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Saved My Life by Ruth Reichl. Like so many young authors today, Cara Nicoletti’s career as an author began with…

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152015Nov

“Normal” by Graeme Cameron

Normal by Graeme Cameron The title of Graeme Cameron’s deviously funny premiere novel is called Normal, though the contents of the book are anything but. The unnamed protagonist is someone you really shouldn’t root for, yet Cameron writes with skill, giving the character a strange sort of humanity, and such humor that you’ll find yourself…

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82015Nov

“The Boston Girl” by Anita Diamant

The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant. New York: Scribner 2014. (336 pages). This is a very different book to “The Red Tent” that that propelled Diamant onto the bestseller list in 1997. This novel is about Boston, the American immigrant story and a girl’s quest to find a place and her voice in the world….

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12015Nov

Shared Experiences

“When we establish human connections within the context of shared experience we create community wherever we go.” ― Gina Greenlee, Postcards and Pearls: Life Lessons from Solo Moments on the Road I once attended a seminar on understanding people and why some people are easier to relate to than others. While there were many things…

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