• This Brilliant Darkness
    This Brilliant Darkness: A Book of Strangers by Jeff Sharlet. W.W. Norton & Company, 2020. 320 pages. $25. This Brilliant Darkness by Jeff Sharlet is subtitled “a book of strangers”. While readers might never meet the subjects of his stories and Instagram photos, through reading this beautifully empathetic book, they… Book Reviews
  • The Jane Austen Society
    The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner. New York: St. Martins, 2020, 320 pages. In the 150 years since Jane Austen published her first novel, there have been numerous adaptions of her work in various mediums. Her large and enthusiastic fan base soaks up all of these with delight. The… Book Reviews
  • On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous
    On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong. Penguin Press, 2019. 256p. Unlike its title, Ocean Vuong’s debut novel, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, is an undeniably gorgeous read from beginning to end. Though ostensibly presented as a work of fiction, the novel is quite plainly based on Vuong’s own… Book Reviews
  • Remembrance
    Remembrance by Rita Woods. New York: Forge, a Tom Doherty Associates book, 2020. What if there had been a secret escape from slavery? A sliver of the universe, protected by the supernatural, where runaway slaves found rest, peace, and the assurance that no one would ever hurt them again. In… Book Reviews
  • 99 Percent Mine
    “99 Percent Mine,” by Sally Thorne. Copyright 2019, Harper Collins (342 pages, $15.99). If you’re looking to steam up your August then look no further than Sally Thorne’s second novel 99 Percent Mine. Join Darcy Barrett as she navigates being home for the first time in a long time when… Book Reviews
  • The Lion’s Den
    The Lion’s Den by Katherine St. John, New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2020. This is, quite possibly, the most deceptive cover, ever. Who wouldn’t want to be the woman on the cover, lying on the deck of a boat in the sunshine? But perhaps the broken wine bottle and… Book Reviews
  • The Night Tiger
    The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo, New York : Flatiron Books, 2019. Dive into the world of Ji Lin, a quick-witted apprentice dressmaker.  Agreeing to become an apprentice only to get out of her stepfather’s home, Ji Lin is still trying to figure out how to become the nurse that… Book Reviews
  • Beach Read
    Beach Read by Emily Henry. New York: Berkley, 2020, 361 pages. A year ago, January Adams’ life was perfect. She had her dream job as a romance novelist, a handsome boyfriend, a cute apartment, and two loving parents whose marriage was inspiration for her writing. She was a classic romantic… Book Reviews
  • Black Prism
    “The Black Prism” by Brent Weeks. New York, NY: Orbit Books, 2013. Meet Gavin Guile, the Prism. Literally the most powerful and revered person in all the Seven Satrapies. In this world, many people can utilize, or draft, a color to make a substance called “luxin” which then can be… Book Reviews
  • The Water Dancer
    The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Penguin Random House, 2019. When a fateful carriage accident sends nineteen-year-old Hiram and his half-brother and enslaver Maynard crashing into the ice-cold river Goose, Hiram’s stolen mother dances back into his life. Hiram remembers everything—except his mother. Hiram’s father is a man of “Quality”… Book Reviews
  • The Yellow House
    The Yellow House: Van Gogh, Gauguin, and Nine Turbulent Weeks in Provence by Martin Gayford. Houghton-Mifflin, 2008. They were the Odd Couple of the art world. For nine weeks in the fall of 1888 Paul Gauguin lived with Vincent Van Gogh in the south of France. It was a tumultuous… Book Reviews
  • Forest of a Thousand Lanterns
    Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C Dao. Penguin USA. 2017. Available through Axis 360. The summer reading program has begun, and it’s not just for the little ones. This year’s “Imagine Your Story” theme is a perfect excuse to reach for some new versions of childhood favorite stories–like… Book Reviews
  • At the Edge of the Orchard
    “At the Edge of the Orchard” by Tracy Chevalier, [New York] : Viking, [2016] Tracy Chevalier, best known for her novel “Girl with a Pearl Earring”, is a strong historical fiction writer.  Delving into America in the 1800s as land is being settled and explored, Chevalier tells the story of… Book Reviews
  • Imagine Your Story This Summer
    While libraries offer fun and exciting programs year-round, summer has always brought the biggest and most exciting activities. This summer might be unlike any other, but there are still many fun ways to connect with your library this summer. Since Alamance County Public Libraries closed to the public in March,… Book Reviews
  • The Story of a Goat
    “The Story of a Goat” by Perumal Murugan.  New York:  Black Cat Publishing, 2018, 183 pages, $16, translated from Tamil An elderly subsistence farming couple in south India is given a sickly baby goat kid, the dark-coated female runt of a litter, by a mysterious and perhaps supernatural stranger.  They… Book Reviews
  • The Poppy War
    The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang. New York: Harper Voyager, 2018. 530 pages “I can make you fearless. I can make you a legend.” R.F. Kuang’s The Poppy War will engross readers with its rich blend of historical fiction, military and fantasy themes. This first book of the trilogy draws… Book Reviews
  • The Flatshare
    The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary. New York: Flatiron Books, 2019, 328 pages. An unique and utterly charming romance that is a heartwarming read for troubled times. Be prepared to meet the next favorite couple. Tiffy is in a bit of a fix. She’s currently living with her ex-boyfriend and things… Book Reviews
  • In the Dream House
    In the Dream House: A Memoir, by Carmen Maria Machado. Graywolf Press, 2019. 272p. Carmen Maria Machado’s In the Dream House is a memoir unlike any you are ever likely to read. On the surface, the book is Machado’s account of her life spent in the titular “Dream House,” a… Book Reviews
  • Pachinko
    Pachinko by Min Jin Lee. Hachette Book Group USA, 2017. Available as a library eBook through Axis360. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee is an engrossing family saga along the lines of Colleen McCullough’s The Thorn Birds or Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake. In other words, when you begin reading the novel,… Book Reviews
  • Little Fires Everywhere
    Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng, New York : Penguin Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, 2017. The title Little Fires Everywhere may sound familiar due to its recent release as a mini-series on the streaming service Hulu. The novel, written by Celeste Ng and published in 2017, focuses on… Book Reviews

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