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Portnoy’s Complaint

The most remarkable thing to me about “Portnoy’s Complaint” is how incredibly raunchy it is. I’m pretty sure it’s the raunchiest book I’ve ever read. It’s a largely plotless, obscene rant, in the form of a young adult Jew’s confessions/justifications to his psychiatrist. Alex Portnoy is particularly sex-obsessed, and much of his monologue is an […]

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The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency

This book was so different from what I’ve been reading lately. There aren’t a lot of contemporary novels about life in Africa. Even though some of the subplots were a little dark and twisty (African witchcraft, need I say more?) the overall feeling was light-hearted and enjoyable. I like Mma. Ramotswe enough, but I don’t […]

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Cross My Heart

This is the latest in the Alex Cross series. I have been reading these since “Along Came a Spider” and am a huge fan. I was happy to see that Patterson had gotten away from the more gruesome descriptions and instead is making this series more about the characters and the plot like it was […]

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Durham County Library Screens Bending Sticks

Program: Film Screening: Bending Sticks: The Sculpture of Patrick Dougherty Date: Tuesday, April 1 Time: 7 p.m. Location: Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St. Cost: Free and open to the public About: Join filmmakers Kenny Dalsheimer and Penelope Maunsell for a showing of the award-winning film Bending Sticks: The Sculpture of Patrick Dougherty. The program […]

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Learn a New Language with Pronunciator

Durham County Library is excited to announce the launch of Pronunciator, an online language learning program free of charge to DCL card holders. With 80 languages to choose from and ESL courses in 50 languages, Pronunciator is focused on quickly building conversational skills through a combination of interactive online drills, scored quizzes, and downloadable audio […]

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