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  • ‘The Marble Orchard’ spins tale of man’s trouble

    Alex Taylor’s fresh literary voice echoes from the coal-bearing hills and limestone bluffs of east Kentucky, home to the extended Sheetmire clan of “The Marble Orchard.” Gathering for the Sheetmire homecoming, even outsiders Clem and Derna Sheetmire and son, .

  • Decide between a summer of salads or burgers Pecoraro

    May is National Salad Month, so that’s good news for those of us who want to eat lean and green this summer. May is also National Hamburger Month. That’s also good news for those of us who love .

  • ‘Journeys Home’ offers 25 personal essays about family history

    This beautiful book consists of 26 short personal essays, most around 10 pages long, about people traveling back to lands from which their parents, grandparents or more distant ancestors came. Sometimes they seek forebears from several hundred years ago or even longer, .

  • ‘Chestnut Street’ provides glimpse into Dublin

    Maeve Binchy was one of Ireland’s most prolific and popular writers, writing for more than 27 years and selling 40 million books. In addition to best-selling novels, she wrote a number of interlocking short stories, many never made public. They were .

  • Celebrate a ‘summer of heroes’ at your library Jessica.long

    Every hero has a story, and you can discover them all at the library this summer. Super heroes will take over the library during summer reading with books, prizes and programs for everyone from babies to adults. Everyone is invited .

  • Book provides support and comfort to smokers trying to drop the habit

    So you’ve tried the patches, gum and candy. Medication only made you drowsy with hardly any energy to spare. Over and over, you’ve sucked air from plastic straws that had been cut to the size of cigarettes. Going .

  • Alan Cummings tracks his lineage in ‘Not My Father’s Son’

    The author, acclaimed Scottish actor Alan Cumming, is a well-known stage (“Macbeth,” “Cabaret”), film (“Spy Kids,” “X2,” “Eyes Wide Shut”) and television (“The Good Wife,” “Masterpiece Mystery” host) actor. This is far from your typical celebrity biography, however. Rather, it .

  • Appealing new titles for readers at the library

    There’s always a bounty of wonderful new adult books at the library in the spring. With so many to choose from, it’s difficult to narrow your picks to just a special few. Here’s a very limited sampling .

  • ‘Blue Warrior’ tackles geopolitics in the Sahara

    Troy Pearce is a restless, disillusioned soul. He’s a former CIA agent who served his country honorably, even heroically, in Afghanistan and who has lost faith in his government. He now owns a successful civilian drone company with top-notch .

  • ‘The Death of Caesar’ recalls history’s famous assassination

    In his account of one of history’s best-known and dramatic episodes, Barry Strauss has written a narrative that reads as fluidly as historical fiction. The story begins in 45 B.C., several months before the fateful Ides of March 44 B..

  • Dig into a good book at your local public library Susan.withee.librarian1

    The tulips, redbuds and forsythia of early spring have given way to lilacs, bridal wreath and iris. It’s time to clean out the planting beds, wander through home stores and nurseries, and browse catalogs in search of plants and .

  • Danielle Steel’s ‘Prodigal Son’ pits brother against brother

    “The Prodigal Son” is the story of two very different twin brothers who grow apart as adults and who surprise not only the people they know, but each other as well. Peter McDowell lives a life to be envied. He .





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