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Devil in the Grove

This Pulitzer Prize winning book reads like a crime novel, except that, sadly, it’s non-fiction. The book tracks the legal proceedings of four African-American men accused of raping a white woman in 1949 central Florida. Thurgood Marshall represented one of the four in his 1952 re-trial. What happened to the other three men will break […]

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Thank You For All Things

A series of unfortunate events result in two children, their single mother and their new-ager grandmother moving into the house where their estranged grandfather and father is dying. The story is told through the voice of eleven-year old Lucy McGowan who believes her time in the area where the McGowan story began will reveal the […]

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The Secret Papers of Madame Olivetti

A slow read with a slow moving plot. After her husband Paul dies very unexpectedly, 52-year-old, Lily Crisp feels she needs a brief respite from everyday responsibilities to ponder the future, but mostly to think about the past. Her destination is France, to the house called La Pierre Rouge, an inheritance from her mother-in-law. There, […]

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Isabel’s Bed

Harriet Mahoney is 42, an aspiring novellist and looking for a way to escape New York and the end of a long-term relationship. She applies for a position ghost-writing Isabel Krug’s scandalous life story. I enjoyed the flamboyance of Isabel, watching Harriet develop some gumption, and the relationships among all the characters. The ending had […]

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DCL Honors R. Kelly Bryant

We are saddened to learn of the passing of R. Kelly Bryant, Jr. Mr. Bryant’s contributions to Durham and his efforts to preserve its history are a Durham legend. He generously donated approximately 2,500 funeral programs and obituaries to Durham County Library’s North Carolina Collection. His donation also contained materials related to his life and […]

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