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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“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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“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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“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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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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The TumbleBook Library Knocked Me Over!

“TumbleBook Library” Knocked Me Over Alexis Vivian  May Memorial Library The TumbleBook Library is one of the most popular online services that Alamance County Public Libraries offers.  This free database is available to library patrons and contains a vast array of educational and engaging resources for children. The TumbleBook Library is a partner in the…

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MURAKAMI RETURNS WITH TWO BLASTS FROM THE PAST WIND/PINBALL by HARUKI MURAKAMI by Chris Fox Wind/Pinball, the latest book from Haruki Murakami, combines his first two novels into a single volume. These short works—Hear the Wind Sing and Pinball, 1973—were published in Japan in 1979 and 1980, respectively, and were unavailable in English up until…

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“The Nightingale” by Kristin Hannah

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah This story is an homage to the incredible courage and endurance of French women during World War II. It tells the story of two sisters Viane and Isabelle and is such an engrossing read I was hard-pressed to do much else until I finished the book. It divides the time…

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Have You Heard a Good Book Lately?

Have You Heard a Good Book Lately? I love to read.  If I didn’t have all of the usual obligations of work, home, family and hobbies, I would read all the time.  I would read fiction and nonfiction, adult and children’s books, classics and contemporary literature.  As a librarian, I am constantly exposed to new…

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“A Head Full of Ghosts” by Paul Tremblay

“A Head Full of Ghosts” by Paul Tremblay At the age of fourteen, Marjorie Barret undergoes a harrowing descent into acute mental illness, witnessed with horror and confusion by her eight-year-old sister Meredith, with whom she is extremely close.  While Marjorie’s mother believes that her daughter’s problems are ultimately psychological in nature and therefore medically…

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“Just Mercy” by Bryan Stevenson

“Just Mercy” by Bryan Stevenson. Bryan Stevenson is the executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama, and a professor of law at New York University Law School. His book is a deeply moving, powerful read about the death penalty that asks “ Do we deserve to kill?” Stevenson works on social justice issues and…

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