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  • Posted on 04/04/2012 - 7:06pm

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    The Ghost Map: The Story of London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic – And How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World  is a real-life detective story where the detective is hunting down not a criminal but the cause of a disease. The “detectives” in this page-turner are Reverend Henry Whitehead and Dr. John Snow, who together investigate the outbreak of cholera in London in 1854. The way that they solve the case using mapping techniques is fascinating; Snow proved that the spread of the disease was due to contaminated drinking water, not a "miasma" in the air.

  • Posted on 04/03/2012 - 5:45pm

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    A retelling of Jane Eyre set in Scotland in the 1950s and ‘60s, The Flight of Gemma Hardy is at once familiar and fresh. At first the story keeps so close to the original it seems that only the names have been changed, but at the character grows, so does the story; by the time the author really begins to depart from Charlotte Bronte’s original, the reader - whether a devotee of Jane Eyre or not - is on board. Gemma is a bit more outspoken and willing to stand up for herself than Jane is, though like Jane, she's often in the unenviable position of being the person with the least power no matter where she goes - her uncle's house, her boarding school, her job as an au pair in the far-flung Orkney Islands of Scotland. Margot Livesey has done a wonderful job of honoring Jane Eyre while also creating something lively and new.

  • Posted on 04/03/2012 - 1:01pm

    There will be lots of great bargains during the month of April when the Friends of the Library Book Store Next Door celebrates its 5th anniversary.   Starting April 4, and continuing until the end of the month, you can buy a non-fiction book and get one free. Starting April 11, all non-fiction and children’s books will be buy one and get one free. Starting April 25, everything in the Book Store Next Door is on sale-buy one, get one free! Everyone who stops by the store on Saturday, April 28 will get a special treat while they last. The Book Store Next Door is open on Wednesdays from 10 am to 4 pm and on Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm.

  • Posted on 04/02/2012 - 1:01pm

    Annette Mattaliano was the winner of the Friends of the Library Girl Scout Cookie Gift Basket.  This gift basket raised over $900 which will help fund many of the events offered by the Wilmington Memorial Library.  Thanks to everyone who bought a raffle ticket.

  • Posted on 03/27/2012 - 7:35pm

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    From the author of A Northern Light and The Tea Rose comes another sweeping work of historical fiction. Andi, a senior at a prestigious Brooklyn high school, is suffering in the aftermath of her brother’s death, her mother’s breakdown, and her father’s absence; music is the only thing that matters to her. When her father checks her mother into an institution and drags Andi to Paris with him over winter break, she is furious – but then she discovers the journal of Alexandrine, who lived during the French Revolution, and becomes caught up in her story. This entangling of past and present is common enough in historical novels, but Donnelly creates a wholly original, unpredictable work – a page-turner for teens and adults alike.

  • Posted on 03/26/2012 - 12:39pm

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    At a boarding school in 1982, four boys go down to the river one day. Three boys come back: the fourth, Thomas Brougton, is dead. Of the remaining three boys, one admits to drinking and is expelled, but the other two – the narrator, Alex, and his friend Glenn – lie, and are allowed to remain. Unlike the narrator of John Knowles’ A Separate Peace, Alex has in no way caused Thomas’ death, but he feels responsible nevertheless. Glenn, who may in fact be more culpable than Alex allows himself to consider, is afraid that their English teacher, Miss Dovecott (on whom Alex has a crush, and who encourages his writing), saw more that day at the river than she has admitted, and wants to oust her from the school. Alex is drawn into Glenn’s plan reluctantly, all the while trying to work through his own grief and guilt through his writing, both in his journal and in poems.

  • Posted on 03/21/2012 - 1:47pm

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    What does a wife do when she finds out her husband, who is also the Illinois State Attorney General, cheated on her with a prostitute? Thus begins the story of Alicia Florrick, who has to pick up the pieces when her husband is sentenced to prison for his part in the sexual and political corruption scandal. Thanks to an old friend, Will Gardner, she is able to land a job at the law office of Lockhart and Gardner, a prestigious firm in downtown Chicago.  Here her new life begins to take shape, and Alicia must weigh her duties as a wife and mother against new possibilities that are open to her, including beginning a romantic relationship with Will, who had been an old college flame. The resulting tension is the basis of the first season.  Julianna Margulies won an Emmy for her role as Alicia Florrick.

  • Posted on 03/20/2012 - 7:37pm

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    The Song of Achilles is a vivid retelling of the siege of Troy, told from the point of view of Achilles’ companion Patroclus – himself an exiled prince. Madeline Miller, a teacher of Latin and Ancient Greek, expertly enriches Homer’s Iliad by imagining a personal story behind the original events. Throughout, human characters interact with the gods, including Achilles’ sea-nymph mother, Thetis, who dislikes Patroclus. Nevertheless, Patroclus and Achilles become close friends and then lovers. Together they study with the centaur Chiron, and together they sail to war against Troy, despite the shadow of the prophecy that hangs over them. Fame, pride, love, grief, revenge – The Song of Achilles bursts with all of these, and can be enjoyed whether or not one has read the Iliad.

  • Posted on 03/19/2012 - 2:51pm

    This documentary is about the life of Buck Brannaman, who was the inspiration for the film The Horse Whisperer. Today Buck spends the majority of his time on the road giving clinics around the country sharing his gentle style of horse training. What gives his story another dimension is his early upbringing. Buck and his older brother, Smokey, were star trick ropers on the rodeo circuit as children. They were taught by their abusive father who demanded the best in the boys and regularly beat them. After the death of their mother when the boys were young, the beatings escalated.  The turning point came in high school when the football coach saw evidence of the physical abuse and called the sheriff. The boys were moved to a foster home where they found safety and love.  Buck went on to study horse training with Ray Hunt, one of the founders of the natural horsemanship movement, finding his calling and becoming an inspiration to many.

     

  • Posted on 03/17/2012 - 2:58pm

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