Durham County Library will host author Frances Mayes for a reading and discussion of her book, Under Magnolia: A Southern Memoir, at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 6 at Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.
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Durham County Library will host Jessica Kay Ruhle, Associate Curator of Education at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, and artists Stacey Kirby and Hong-An Truong for a discussion and slide lecture on the exhibition Area 919: Artists in the Triangle at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1 at the Main Library, 300 […]
Durham Library Foundation will host a North Carolina Collection Soirée from 5 – 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 2, at the 21c Museum Hotel, 111 Corcoran St. This event is the first in a year-long series of parties planned at historic properties to celebrate and support the collection.
A cover quote from Stephen King promises “The next suspense superstar.’ Opening with a sadomasochist scene occurring during an earthquake sets the tone for a suspenseful book. Violence, danger, blood and gore and plot twists follow. The first of the Jo Beckett, forensic psychiatrist, series keeps the reader engaged. The shock of the crimes masqueraded […]
I have a poly-cosmos of thoughts about this book. Through much of it, it felt the author was far to impressed with his own cleverness. At the end, though, I could see how the cleverness actually did work in the context of the narrative, but that didn’t fully wash away my annoyance. Much of the […]
After reading “Bel Canto” for an earlier TBR challenge, I wanted to go back and read some of Patchett’s earlier books. This novel begins in the 1960s at a home for unwed mothers — St. Elizabeth’s — run by a group of nuns. Rose, a pregnant, devout Catholic, travels to the Kentucky refuge from California, […]
Almost as interesting to me as the book’s themes and Nabokov’s dazzling technique is the mystery of how I avoided it for several decades. I mean, it didn’t need any help in the allure department. But now that I am in full reverence mode for VN—reading his letters, poems, anything by and about the master—I […]
I loved French’s writing style and the deep development of the characters both as individuals and as a team of detectives. The double mystery was intriguing, as was the ending of the novel. Find in Catalog
I loved this book! In 2002 I attempted to read the book and never got past Chapter One. I am a huge fan of Kingsolver’s other works – The Bean Trees, Pigs in Heaven, The Poisonwood Bible, The Lacuna – so I really wanted to give Prodigal Summer another try. I’m not sure what changed, […]
Set in Hong Kong during 1953 with flashbacks to WWII, the novel tracks the experience of European ex-pats in an exotic setting. The business day runs from 10 am-4 pm with a 2 hour lunch. However, when the Japanese invade and occupy the island, many of the Europeans find themselves interned. Chinese and Eurasians on […]