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Johnny Tremain

I teach middle school and this is a novel we have had our students read in the past, so I wanted to read it myself. I found it a little dull in the middle, difficult to keep going, but once I got to the end it was so worth it. Johnny is a likable character […]

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My Antonia

The book was told from the perspective of a man named Jim Burden who told about his life on the prairie of Nebraska in the late 1800’s. His relationship with the title character, Antonia, was central to his story. Apparently, the author, Willa Cather, was nostalgic for her early prairie life and this was evident […]

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The Perfumed Sleeve

This is one in a series of mystery novels set in 17th century Japan. The main character is Sano Ichiro, who is the chief investigator for the shogun. He is tasked with investigating the murder of one of the shogun’s advisers while being observed by representatives of 2 competing factions. I no virtually nothing about […]

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2016 Trustees’ Award Nominations Open

You are invited to nominate a Durham County Library staff member for the annual Trustees’ Award, to be awarded by the Durham County Library Board of Trustees on Fall Staff Day. The nominee should exemplify one (or all) of the following attributes: Exceptional service this year Creativity Dedication to increasing the public’s perception of the […]

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A Darker Place

I started reading Laurie R. King when I came across her Mary Russell series. This is a completely different kind of story, centered around a religious studies professor who also occasionally work undercover for the FBI. Anne Waverly infiltrates an “alternative religious community,” what many people would call a cult, to determine if the children […]

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