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  • Books | October 20, 2013

    Franklin’s sister’s story proves interesting read


    She was not a recognized personality nor was she a Revolutionary War figure. She was not wealthy, nor was she well educated.  There are no surviving paintings of her, and many details of her life are relatively sketchy. In fact, hers was an ordinary

  • Books | October 13, 2013

    ‘Notebook’ author tells of another love for the ages

    Die-hard Nicholas Sparks fans like myself will not be disappointed in this latest novel from the popular North Carolina writer.  Set in the area around Greensboro and Winston-Salem, this book tells two parallel and independent stories, which only come together in a surprising way very

  • Books | October 13, 2013

    Model murder for ‘Potter’ author

    The Cuckoo’s Calling is a murder mystery by JK Rowling under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. Rowling, of course, is most famous for the “Harry Potter” series. The protagonist in her new book is Cormoran Strike, a London private detective who is a British Army

  • Books | October 13, 2013

    Carrying on a legendary legacy

    Spenser (his first name remains unknown), the Boston private investigator created by novelist Robert Parker back in 1973, remains that author’s best-known character. Parker, who actually wrote his doctoral dissertation on Dashiell Hammet and Raymond Chandler, was considered to be the archetype of modern detective

  • Books | October 13, 2013

    Top Ten gives teens suggestions to start reading


    Sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), the Teens’ Top Ten is a teens’ choice list where teens nominate their favorite books from the previous year. Nominations are posted in April, and teens ages 12 to 18 can vote on their favorite titles. The winning

  • Books | October 06, 2013

    Story of Manhattan’s early history told by native son

    “Frontier Manhattan” traces the development of Manhattan from its founding to 1894, when it was the germ of the city of today. About two-thirds of the book concerns the pre-Civil War era when its residents were greatly involved in the struggle to establish a viable town

  • Books | October 06, 2013

    Silent wife no longer silent

    Reviews this summer called “The Silent Wife” a “must read.” They were right! The story is expertly written in alternating chapters titled “Him” and “Her” that detail the lives of Jodi and Todd. The author hooks the reader in at the outset and doesn’t

  • Books | October 06, 2013

    Pioneer hardship shows in girl’s life

    Carrie Nation once exclaimed, “God has given me a mean fight, a dirty and dangerous fight!” But her fight wasn’t anything like the struggle of a 12-year-old frontier girl to survive on her own in the wilderness. Too often today we forget what hardships

  • Books | October 06, 2013

    ‘Cozy’ mysteries offer easier read without the violence


    Mysteries are a very popular literary genre. People think of mysteries as dark, scary thrillers full of graphic violence, sexuality, and strong language. “Cozy” mysteries are gentle reads, containing little violence, coarse language, or sexual themes. Death and criminal activity happen mostly off-stage. For a

  • Books | September 29, 2013

    19th-century writer and daughter hunt for serial killer

    Understanding that reading is vicarious experience, Morrell gives you the opportunity to travel back to 1854 London on the printed page, and from the nice, clean, sunny environment of 2013 Manhattan. While educational pioneers like the Frances and Joseph Denison were traveling west to begin Bluemont College (

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