Monday, March 01, 2010

Strong Women in Historical Fiction

If you enjoy reading historical fiction then check out these titles that you might have missed.

The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry

Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry

Away by Amy Bloom

The Hours by Michael Cunningham

The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

The Beet Queen by Louise Erdrich

A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick

Serena by Ron Rash

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

The Stone Dairies by Carol Shields

The Stone Carvers by Jane Urquhart

Friday, January 15, 2010


With the devastation of Haiti in the news, you might want to read more about the country. Edwidge Danticat is probably the most famous fiction author from Haiti, but Omar Tyree has also written about the country and people.

Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat

The Dew Breaker by Edwidge Danticat

The Farming of Bones by Edwidge Danticat

Leslie by Omar Tyree

The library also has a couple of non-fiction titles.

Eyes of the Heart: Seeking a Path for the Poor in the Age of Globalization by Jean-Bertrand Aristide (330.972 Ari)

Tell My Horse: Voodoo and Life in Haiti and Jamaica by Zora Neale Hurston (299.67 H)

There are also many books in the children's section of the library.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Reader's Circle Book Club 2010

Books have been selected for the 2010 Reader's Circle Book Club. The group meets at 11:00 am on the third Tuesday of the month. Our first meeting will be on Tuesday, January 19th from 11:00-12:00. New members are always welcome and books are available for checkout. Here is what we will be reading and discussing in 2010:

January 19 - Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks

February 16 - The Last Town on Earth by Thomas Mullen

March 16 - Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larson

April 20 - Still Alice by Lisa Genova

May 18 - Matrimony by Joshua Henkin

June 15 - Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

July 20 - Dante Club by Matthew Pearl

August 17 - A Sudden Country by Karen Fisher

September 21 - Picking Cotton by Jennifer Thompson Cannino

October 19 - The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien

November 16 - The year of Fog by Michelle Richmond

Schedule subject to change.

Reserve your book now on the library's online catalog.

Friday, December 11, 2009

New Novels for the Hoidays

During this busy holiday season, be sure you stop and take some time for reading. This time of year, many authors publish books that celebrate the season. These books are usually short so it is easy to find a few minutes in your busy schedule to enjoy one. Try one of these holiday books:

The Gift by Cecelia Ahern

A Quilter's Holiday: An Elm Creek Quilt Novel by Jennifer Chiaverini

The Christmas List by Richard Paul Evans

Plum Pudding Murder by Joanne Fluke

Home for Christmas by Andrew M. Greeley

A Wish for Christmas by Thomas Kinkade

Merry, Merry Ghost by Carolyn Hart

Christmas Cake by Lynne Hinton

Knit the Season: A Friday Night Knitting Club Novel by Kate Jacobs

The Perfect Christmas by Debbie Macomber

A Blue and Gray Christmas by Joan Medlicott

A Christmas Promise by Anne Perry

The Christmas Secret by Donna VanLiere

Lakeshore Christmas by Susan Wiggs

Please check out online card catalog to check the availability of these titles or to place a reserve. There are many more holiday titles available, and we have a display of some of those books at the Albemarle Library.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Mind Breaks - Quick Reads for Busy Times

Here are a few short novels that you might enjoy reading this busy holiday season:

The Clothes They Stood Up In by Alan Bennett
Joy School by Elizabeth Berg
The Return Journey by Maeve Binchy
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
The Persian Pickle Club by Sandra Dallas
Walking Across Egypt by Clyde Edgerton
A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg
Life Goes On by Philip Gulley
Shopgirl by Steve Martin
No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
Amsterdam by Ian McEwan
Last Night at the Lobster by Stewart O'Nan
Julie & Romeo by Jeanne Ray
Pobby and Dingan by Ben Rice
Tepper Isn't Going Out by Calvin Trillin

You can check the availability of these, and other titles, and place your reserve at our online card catalog.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The library has recently purchased reprints from several classic authors. There really is something for everyone.

If you are a romance reader, then be sure to check out some of these newly reprinted titles by Georgette Heyer, the queen of Regency Romance:

The Toll Gate

The Black Moth

Black Sheep

False Colors

Faros Daughter

If you are a mystery reader then you MUST read Agatha Christie. And even if you aren't a mystery reader I suggest reading her. Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot are great characters.

4:50 From Paddington

Appointment With Death

The Body in the Library

Death on the Nile

The Tuesday Club Murders

Murder on the Orient Express

If you like British history and big family sagas, then you might like to try R.F. Delderfield.

God is An Englishman

To Serve Them All My Days

All of these titles, and more, are avialable for checkout. You can check for availability and place your reserve at the library's online card catalog.

Friday, September 25, 2009

The Friends of the Library Present: Theres Fowler

The Friends of the Stanly County Public Library are proud to announce that Therese Fowler, author of Souvenir and Reunion will be the featured speaker at the Friends annual author dinner. She holds an MFA in creative writing. She grew up in Illinois and now lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with her husband and two sons. Therese's novels are published internationally, in nine languages and more than twenty-eight countries, to date. Books will be available for purchase and signing the night of the event.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
6:30 pm
Stanly Regional Medical Center's Family Education Center

Tickets are $12.00 for members of the Friends and $15.00 for non-members. Tickets are on sale now and must be purchased by Oct. 7th. Stop by the public library in Albemarle to purchase your ticket or call 704-986-3755.
Check the library's catalog to reserve a copy of her books. And be sure to check out Ms. Fowler's web site.