Ages 18+.

FolkTale Bits - African-American Tall Tales

Zora Neale Hurston collected these "lies" from "professional liars" of the Gulf States, as she noticed there was a "decline in the quality of lies and it was just gone get worse, unless somebody did something." Christopher Myers, the adaptor and illustrator, "found them in a government office, which is where they are keeping all the llies nowadays." Each page is a new "lie". It could be great fun to create your own "lies" based on these examples. Can you top this?

New Fiction Titles on the New York Times Best Sellers List (7/30/06)

Nora Roberts is a modern publishing phenomenon. She lands more titles on national best seller lists than any other author, outselling all others as well, commanding almost 10% of the book market. There is a formula but for her legions of fans, she refreshes the story every time and they keep coming back for more.

At #1 is Angels Fall by Nora Roberts: the undisputed queen of romantic fiction strikes gold once again with her latest thriller; after suffering a traumatic shock in Boston, a young chef takes off and ends up in Wyoming where she witnesses a murder. Or does she?

At #5 is Break No Bones by Kathy Reichs: fans of the TV show Bones will want to read the latest adventure of forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan. Our appealing heroines keeps finding bodies around Charleston.

At #16 is Dragon's Fire by Anne McCaffrey and Todd McCaffrey: in their second collaboration in this series the authors (mother and son) return to Pern; in a race to stave off disaster, the inhabitants mine dangerous minerals and use slave labor. Fantasy or the real world?

A Mother and Daughter's Secret

Secret Daughter by June Cross tells the emotional story of the bi-racial daughter of Norma, a white woman, and James "Stump" Cross, a well-known African-American comedian. Since the kinky hair and dark skin did not allow daughter June to "pass" as white, the mother made the choice to send June to live with an African-American family in Atlantic City. Thus began the secret as June shuttled between the two worlds of her "adoptive parents" and her show-biz mom, who later married actor Larry Storch. June was reunited with her dad sho

Boomers! Pay attention!

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Boomers!

Do you pride yourselves on looking outwardly fabulous through good diet, lots of exercise, and a great attitude, but you're quietly noticing that your eyesight is no longer 30 years old?

Great News!

The Large Print collection has received a big infusion of hot new titles and the tell-tale boring generic covers are a thing of the past. Check out cool titles such as Intuition by Allegra Goodman; Got the Look, by James Grippando; A Long Way Down, by Nick Hornby; and The Wave, by Walter Mosley, that have the same covers as the regular size print and STOP STRAINING.

Film Revolutionary

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July 26 is the birthday of film director, Stanley Kubrick. Born in 1928 in New York City, Kubrick began his film career shooting a documentary of a boxer, "The Day of the Fight" for which he made $100. Kubrick's films are known for their brilliant cinematography. More than any other director, most of his films were based on books. Some of his most famous were Dr. Strangelove and 2001: Space Odyssey. His last film before his death in 1999 was Eyes Wide Shut.

New Non-Fiction DVDs

The library has just added some new non-fiction DVDs to our collection. Why we Fight, a film from Sony Pictures directed by Eugene Jarecki, discusses the United States dealings with military engagement. It includes scenes with Dwight D. Eisenhower, John McCain, and Dan Rather. Other new DVDs that have been added to the non-fiction collection include The Gospel of Judas, The Untold Story of Emmett Till, The End of Suburbia, and Eugene O'Neill. Come in and check some out!

Celebrating American Women

Friday, July 21 is the 27th anniversary of the the founding of The National Women's Hall of Fame. The hall was founded to honor women who have been the most influential in the development of the United States. Located in Seneca Falls, N.Y., "the birthplace of women's rights," the Hall of Fame stands where the first Women's Suffrage Movement Convention was held in 1848.

Some recently acquired biographies of American women are:

Mary Evans Walker:Above and Beyond by Dale L. Walker. Walker was a physician during the Civil War.

Mistress Bradstreet:The Untold Life of America's First Poet by Charlotte Gordon.

Beach Reads 2006 (#4, mostly Fabulous Fiction Firsts)

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Blow the House Down by Robert Baer. Riveting and complex debut spy thriller by an ex-CIA operative whose memoir inspired the film Syriana.

A Field of Darkness* by Cornelia Read. A tough-talking, shotgun-toting, ex-debutante being drawn into a cold case involving a double homicide. (A noteworthy FFF - primed as a mystery series opener).

The Futurist* by James P. Othmer. Wildly entertaining and deadly serious satire on global politics and personal integrity. (A FFF)

The Girls* by Lori Lansens. The lives, loves and dreams of a set of conjoined twins. Unforgettable, from a noted Canadian author.

Inside the Mind of Gideon Rayburn* by Sarah Miller. A wild ride inside the head of a sensitive, funny, and a bit lusty 15 year-old prep school hunk. (Another FFF!)

The Know-It-All: One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World by A.J. Jacobs. Entertaining nonfiction account of one man's attempt to read the whole Encyclopedia Britannica. (Recommended by Sancho Panza).

Little Beauties by Kim Addonizio. FFF from a noted poet, about a has-been junior beauty queen, a pregnant teenager and a baby girl determined to carve out her own future. Moving and engaging. Reminds me of Billie Lett's debut novel Where the Heart is.

Owl Island by Randy Sue Coburn. A romantic and wise look at first loves, set in the Pacific Northwest. You will be hard pressed to find a better beach read.

* = Starred reviews

New Fiction Titles on the New York Times Best Sellers List (7/23/06)

It's hard to believe that it has been almost 20 years since the publication of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe in 1987. Fannie Flagg returns again to the List with a new book set in another small American town.

At #3 is Can't Wait to Get to Heaven by Fannie Flagg: we're back in Elmwood Springs, MO enjoying Flagg's funny, light-hearted exploration of mortality and her celebration of the joys of simplicity.

At #14 is Proof Postive by Phillip Margolin: this third Jaffe legal thriller looks at how forensic evidence can be manipulated to influence trials.

Grenville wins 2006 Commonwealth Prize

Kate Grenville has won the overall best book Commonwealth Prize for 2006 for The Secret River. Grenville's latest is gripping, revealing story of the struggle of exiled British criminals in New South Wales, specifically Will Thornhill. Will grew up in the slums of London and is caught stealing lumber, his life saved but doomed to exile. Once free, Will, his wife Sarah and their growing brood find land outside Sydney where Will dreams of prosperity as a trader.

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