Monday, October 25, 2010

This Just In

Here are just a few of our recent arrivals in non-fiction. Even after seeing these books every day, it's amazing how broad a spectrum they cover -- literally something for everyone!
  • Growing up Laughing by Marlo Thomas -- Not just Thomas' memoir of her years in comedy, it also includes interviews with dozens of comic legends, including Alan Alda, Stephen Colbert, Billy Crystal, Don Rickles, Jerry Seinfeld, and many more.
  • Getting it Wrong by W. Joseph Campbell -- Do you trust everything you read? These are "10 of the great misreported stories in American journalism," ranging from Murrow vs. McCarthy and the Bay of Pigs to Hurricane Katrina.
  • Earth: the Book -- The follow-up to America: the Book from The Daily Show team.
  • Knit Fix by Lisa Kartus -- A book that covers what other knitting books leave out: what to do when you drop a stitch, botch a pattern, need to change a finished pattern, and more.
  • The Best American Comics 2010 -- This installment, edited by Neil Gaiman, is brought to you by the "Best American" series (Best American Short Stories, Essays, etc.) Recommended reading for this rapidly evolving art form!
  • Our Patchwork Nation by Dante Chinni -- It's not as simple as red states and blue states, or urban and rural. Chinni identifies twelve community types that make up our nation. (Horry County? "Boom Town" with a side of "Evangelical Epicenter.")
Click any of the titles above to visit our catalog, where you can request a book to be held for you at the library. Happy reading!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Book suggestions for Young Adults

"Somebody Everybody Listens To" by Suzanne Supplee is a Young Adult novel about a recent high school graduate who wants to become a country music star. Retta Lee Jones is a talented singer, known for her beautiful voice in her small hometown, but can she compete in Nashville with all the other girls pounding the streets to stardom. Will she become "somebody everybody listens to," or end up going home defeated?
This newly acquired book is recommended for anyone interested in music and in chasing dreams. It can be found in the Young Adult section of the library.

Need a good book to get you in the mood for Halloween? Check out one of the novels on display in the Young Adult area. Among the titles are:
Doppelganger by David Stahler Jr.
Blood Beast by Daren Shan
The Ghosts of Kerfol by Deborah Noyes
Vampire Kisses by Ellen Schreiber


Thursday, October 14, 2010

Christopher Paolini

Fantasy fans: Christopher Paolini will be signing books at Market Common in Myrtle Beach Monday, October 25. Click here for event details.

If you're reading, re-reading, or would like to read Paolini's Inheritance Cycle, check out some of the formats we carry:
  • Eragon, Eldest, and Brisingr in print
  • Eragon, the 2007 film version
  • Eragon or Eldest on CD audiobook
  • Eragon on Playaway(Never used Playaway? It's a self-contained digital audiobook -- just plug in headphones, no other equipment required!)
And, of course, this wouldn't be a library blog post without recommending some further reading! If you enjoy the world of Eragon and have already read Tolkien, try some of these other series that are great for readers of any age:
  • Earthsea trilogy by Ursula K. LeGuin
  • Sabriel, Lirael, and Abhorsen by Garth Nix
  • His Dark Materials series by Phillip Pullman
Happy reading!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Mystery Book Club

This Monday, October 11, the Mystery Book Club will be discussing The Godwulf Manuscript and Robert B. Parker's work in general. Feel welcome to attend if you've read The Godwulf Manuscript or if you're a fan of Parker, Spenser, or mysteries in general.

Parker is often mentioned as the heir or even the equal to great detective novelists like Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, and Ross MacDonald. Does he live up to the hype?* Join us Monday to find out or add your voice to the discussion! For more information about Parker's Spenser novels, check out this site:

We meet at 6:00. Hope to see you there!


*My opinion: yes, kind of.