I heard Jan Burke speak a couple years ago at the NC Literary Festival and purchased one of her mysteries. “Bones” won the Edgar Award and is a suspenseful, police-procedural featuring cadaver dogs. I enjoyed the gutsy reporter Irene Kelly and the surprise awaiting me at the end. Most of all, I was fascinated by […]
This book for young adults is so derivative of Twilight that I was unable to really enjoy it. It does get suspenseful toward the end, but I never felt the connection between the characters, and too many of them were stereotypical and flat. Find in Catalog
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
Durham County Library will host Maestro William Henry Curry for a discussion of the Durham Symphony Orchestra at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 19, at the Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.
Durham County Library will host a discussion on Renaissance and Baroque art from the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, at 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 14, at the Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.
Durham County Library presents Holiday Jazz with the Ben Lassiter Trio and guest vocalist NAKIYASOUL at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 13, at the Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St. Light refreshments will be provided.
Durham County Library will host Alex Albright for a reading from his book The Forgotten First: B-1 and the Integration of the Modern Navy at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 10, at the Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.