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 […]
Durham County Library will host Chief Curator Trevor Schoonmaker and Curator of Education Jessica Kay Ruhle, both with the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, for a discussion and slide lecture on Open This End: Contemporary Art from the Collection of Blake Byrne at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 30, at the Main Library, […]
Durham County Library will host a recognition ceremony and reception celebrating individuals and organizations that have donated materials to the North Carolina Collection in 2014-15. The reception will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 29, at the Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.
Durham County Library will host a discussion on his wife and partner, Mrs. Aurelia Whittington Franklin, at 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 28, at the Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.
Durham County Library will host scholar Scott Savitt for a discussion, Witnessing Social Protest: COINTELPRO to Tiananmen Square to Occupy Central to Ferguson, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24, at Stanford L. Warren Library, 1201 Fayetteville Rd.