Exercise Your Mind This Summer!

Exercise your mind this summer! Summer Reading at the library isn’t just for kids! This summer, join us for our Adult Summer Reading program and exercise your mind. Our 6 week program runs from June 20th through August 1st. During this time the library will be partnering with local businesses and organizations throughout Alamance County….

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THE VEGETARIAN by HAN KANG To outside observers, Yeong-hye and her husband are ordinary people. He is an office worker with moderate ambitions and mild manners; she is an uninspired but dutiful wife. Things quickly change when Yeong-hye, seeking a more ‘plant-like’ existence, decides to become a vegetarian, prompted by grotesque recurring nightmares. In South…

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“Did You See That?” by Joe Sledge

When we think of tourism in North Carolina, most think of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and the Wright Brothers Memorial on the coast, Carowinds near Charlotte, or Mount Mitchell and the Blue Ridge Parkway to the west. But what about the Eiffel Tower in Fayetteville, or the giant concrete Marilyn Monroe legs in Henderson? The…

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“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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“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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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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“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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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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“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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