Monday, July 7, 2014

Catch up on some classic science-fiction books

In keeping with our Adult Summer Reading program science theme of Literary Elements, we would like to suggest some science-fiction classic stories for you to read.

The science-fiction genre has grown significantly over the last century, and it doesn't seem to be slowing down at all. Consider giving some of these a try.

The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien

Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card

Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury

Foundation Series - Isaac Asimov

Stranger in a Strange Land - Robert Heinlein


Monday, June 16, 2014

Explore novels set in Appalachia

Recently I've been reading several books set in the North Carolina and Tennessee Appalachian Mountains, and they have made a big impression on me. They've been hauntingly descriptive of this old and beautiful environment, and at the same time they've evoked themes of universal import. The tough, yet vulnerable, people imagined in these pages are richly characterized as they brave the tribulations of their lives. Here are some suggestions for novels about this region:

Long Man by Amy Greene

A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash


The Cove by Ron Rash


Guests on Earth by Lee Smith

The Road From Gap Creek by Robert Morgan

King's Mountain by Sharyn McCrumb




Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Catch up on PBS documentaries this summer

Here's a quick pick of some of our newly acquired PBS documentaries, and feel free to browse our DVD shelves for more. You will find lots of informative, interesting and entertaining programs on a variety of subjects. You can count on PBS for quality programming--they produce NOVA and Frontline among other shows.

The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross

Australia: Animals Down Under

The Barnes Collection
Chasing Shackleton
Hunting the Elements




Saturday, April 26, 2014

Author David Baldacci has new book out

Popular author, David Baldacci, has a new book out The Target.


Never failing to thrill his fans, David's newest book has garnered more good reviews from adoring fans. According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, 
“Baldacci has been on a hot streak for the past few years,and 'The Target’ continues the trend. This isn’t a garden-variety thriller or even a garden-variety Baldacci. It’s among his most exhilarating books yet.”


If you would like to start reading Baldacci, listed below are his published books and series. For those already familiar with Baldacci's works, check to see you haven't missed any so you can be sure and stay tuned in and in the know.


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Title
Publication Date


1
October 25, 2005


2
October 18, 2006


3
November 6, 2007


4
November 4, 2008


5
November 9, 2010


6
February 2, 2014

1
October 1, 2003

2
October 26, 2004

3
April 24, 2007

4
April 21, 2009

5
April 19, 2011

6
November 19, 2013

Shaw and Katie James
1
April 22, 2008

2
April 20, 2010

John Puller
1
October 31, 2011

2
November 20, 2012

3
November 18, 2014

Will Robie
1
April 1, 2012

2
April 23, 2013

3
February 2, 2014

4
April 22, 2014

Standalone novels

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October 2009


June 2011