A hillbilly by common definition is a ‘backwoods person,’ someone a bit removed from mainstream society who has a slightly different value structure and way of life. The term is pejorative, most frequently used as an insult but sometimes, and in the case of this book, used less as insult and more as a way… Hillbilly Elegy: a Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance. New York: HarperCollins, 2016.
While picture books might be targeted towards younger readers, these recent releases are sure to delight readers of all ages, through clever plots and beautiful illustrations. “Hungry Bunny” by Claudia Rueda. Chronicle Books, 2018. $15.99 Picture books that invite readers to interact with what’s on the page are increasing in popularity, as the interactive elements… Picture Books for Readers of All Ages
“Next Year in Havana” is a compelling story of family, history, romance and revolution. It’s about the beauty of Cuba, the revolution and the heart-wrenching family decisions made in such times. Chanel Cleeton transports us to the street of Havana both before and after the revolution. She has blended the setting, the characters and the… Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton. Berkley, 2018. 400 pages.
Gmorning, Gnight! Little pep talks for me & you by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Illustrated by Jonny Sun; New York : Random House, 2018. Award-winning composer, lyricist, and performer of Broadway musicals, Hamilton and Into the Heights, Lin-Manuel Miranda brings his positive outlook to bookshelves everywhere. Before Miranda ever won a Tony, he won the hearts of… Gmorning, Gnight! Little pep talks for me & you by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Devil’s Day is a fall observance celebrated by a remote sheep-farming community called the Endlands located beside the English moors. It commemorates a time of illness and natural disaster almost a century before that made the Endlanders believe that the Devil walked among them and that they were being persecuted by him for some misdeed.… Devil’s Day by Andrew Michael Hurley. New York: Harcourt. Copyright 2018, 294 pages, $26.
“Can You Ever Forgive Me? Memoirs of a Literary Forger” by Lee Israel. Simon and Schuster, 2008. 130 pages In “Can You Ever Forgive Me,” Lee Israel recounts the events that led her into literary forgery and theft. While the lengths Israel went in producing these forgeries is impressive, her lack of remorse makes it… Literary Forgery with Little Remorse
In this atmospheric novel by Scottish author Catriona McPherson, nothing is as it seems to be, and secrets that the characters of the book had thought were long-buried will soon come back to haunt them. Donna Weaver and her mother have just spent every last penny on an old guesthouse set on the beach in… Go to My Grave by Catriona McPherson, New York : Minotaur Books, 2018.
Do you ever pick up novels from authors that you are familiar with or have enjoyed some of their previous novels so you have a high expectation for the overall outcome of your reading experience? Gillian Flynn is an author that breaks down your expectations through her unique and interesting characters and the unexpected scenarios… Dark Places by Gillian Flynn, New York : Shaye Areheart Books, c2009.
The Harry Potter series recently turned twenty years old and is still as popular as ever. This popularity can be evidenced by the enthusiastic reaction the Alamance County Public Library has received from the recent Harry Potter Escape Room. The appeal of Harry Potter is easy to understand. The world J.K. Rowling built is wonderfully… The Magic of Harry Potter
Freedom is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement by Angela Davis. New York: Haymarket Books, 2016. In this collection of interviews and speeches given between 2013 and 2015, American political activist and scholar Angela Davis shares her thoughts on social justice issues and movements both past and present. Though a… Freedom is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement by Angela Davis