eBook Friday: The Count of Monte Cristo

The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexandre Dumas:

The Count of Monte Cristo is Alexandre Dumas’ classic tale of revenge and adventure. The young sailor Dantes is fallaciously charged with treason and loses his fiancé, his dreams and his life when he is locked up for thirteen years on the island prison of Chateau d’If. Mentored by another prisoner, Dantes finally escapes the prison, reinvents himself as the Count of Monte Cristo and begins to exact his revenge on the people who set him up.


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New NC LIVE Resources for 2015!

NC LIVE, your source for free online databases through your library, is undergoing some major changes in the new year!

Every three years, NC LIVE reviews its resources and selects new digital content for the consortium.  While we usually experience a few minor changes, 2015 will bring some BIG changes to the resource lineup.  Most of these relate to the decision to replace NC LIVE’s large group of EBSCO databases with a group of ProQuest databases.

Some of the exciting new resources include Pronunciator for language learning (see our blog post), Films on Demand video collection, Reference USA (coming soon), and ebrary eBooks.  You can view the complete list of content changes that will take effect on January 1, 2015.

In addition to the new resources, NC LIVE introduced its new Metasearch functionality today, which allows you to find articles, eBooks, videos, journals, databases, and more — all with one search!  Just look for the search box on the left side of the main page.

Questions?  Contact the Reference Desk at Chatham Community Library: 919-545-8086.

Fly Paper


Here’s another ad that grabs your attention with giant type. It got mine, anyway.

You have to hold your head just right to see it, but this advertisement from the July 7, 1892 edition of The Chatham Record is hawking pest control.


Dutcher’s Fly Killer is certain death. Flies are attracted to it and killed at once. They do not live to get away. Use it freely, destroy their eggs and prevent reproduction. Always ask for Dutcher’s and get best results.


eBook Friday: Winter Harvest Cookbook

Winter Harvest Cookbook: How to Select and Prepare Fresh Seasonal Produce All Winter Long, by Lane Morgan:

Anyone can include more local food in their diet at the peak of summer, but what do you do when the tomatoes are done and the first greens of spring are months away? The Winter Harvest Cookbook takes a seasonal approach to eating, even during the coldest months of the year. This fully updated and revised twentieth anniversary edition includes more than two hundred simple, mouth-watering recipes showcasing fresh produce from the winter garden or local market, rounded out by introductions to unfamiliar ingredients, shopping tips, menu suggestions, and resource lists. The author also invites us into her corner of the Pacific Northwest, with vignettes drawn from the region’s farming, gardening, and cooking.

Tantalize your tastebuds with an incredible array of soups, salads, sides, sauces, entrées, and desserts such as:


  • Roasted brussels sprouts with sweet potatoes and garlic
  • Penne with arugula, kale, and goat cheese
  • Salad of roasted golden beets with feta and hazelnut oil
  • Pot roast with hazelnut barley


With a greatly expanded array of vegetarian and vegan dishes, Winter Harvest Cookbook is a must-have for anyone who wants to enjoy fresh, local, and delicious food—any time of the year!



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eBook Friday: Big Little Lies

Big Little Lies, by Liane Moriarty:

A murder…a tragic accident…or just parents behaving badly?  What’s indisputable is that someone is dead.  But who did what?

Big Little Lies follows three women, each at a crossroads:

Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny and biting, passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one. Her ex-husband and his yogi new wife have moved into her beloved beachside community, and their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline’s youngest (how is this possible?). And to top it all off, Madeline’s teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline’s ex-husband over her. (How. Is. This. Possible?)

Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. While she may seem a bit flustered at times, who wouldn’t be, with those rambunctious twin boys? Now that the boys are starting school, Celeste and her husband look set to become the king and queen of the school parent body. But royalty often comes at a price, and Celeste is grappling with how much more she is willing to pay.

New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny. Jane is sad beyond her years and harbors secret doubts about her son. But why? While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing, none of them realizes how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all.

Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.


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The print is largely illegible in this advertisement from the January 15, 1885 issue of The Chatham Record, but I found lots of similar late nineteenth-century advertisements online. So here, courtesy the internet and several unsung archivists, is what the ad probably says:

60 cts. Large Size, $1.

A complete model Incandescent, Electric Lamp with Battery, Stand Globe, Platina Burner, Wire, and instructions for putting the American Electric Light in operation without danger. Either size mailed postpaid, on receipt of price by the manufacturer.

Frederick Lowey
96 Fulton Street, New York

Resource of the Month: Pronunciator


Introducing Pronunciator!

Pronunciator is a new language-learning resource offered by NC LIVE. It offers instruction for 80 languages, and it offers that instruction in 50 different languages.

NC LIVE describes Pronunciator this way:

Pronunciator provides interactive, self-paced language learning for 80 languages and ESL for 50 non-English languages. This resource includes audio lessons, interactive textbooks, quizzes, intelligent flashcards, phrasebooks and pronunciation analysis.

To access this resource, point your browser to www.nclive.org, and follow the provided link to Pronunciator (it is also available as an application for iOS or Android tablet or phone). The first time you land on Pronunciator’s site it asks for an email address and a password to create an account (this is so you can track your own progress).

Before you launch Pronunciator, we recommend you click the site’s  “Tour” tab to see the novel approaches it offers for language instruction. For example, “ProRadio” allows you to listen to music in the language of your choice, “ProFlix” shows movies subtitled in two languages simultaneously, and “Pitch Perfect” uses musical scales to help you grasp tonal-based languages like Chinese, Thai, and Vietnamese.

Once you are signed in, just hit the big red button that says to “launch Pronunciator”. Pronunciator appears with two drop-menus asking for your native language and the language you want to learn. Choose your languages, and Pronunciator takes you immediately to a welcome screen offering a main course for independent learners and learning guides for students of varying skill levels.

You have the option to follow a preset course or to follow your interest. Either way you’ll leave with more language skills!






Administering Medicine?


The November 5, 1896 edition of The Chatham Record carried this odd advertisement on its rear page. The copy hawks a book that identifies the “easily-distinguished Symptoms of different Diseases, the Causes, and Means of Preventing such Diseases, and the Simplest Remedies which will alleviate or cure.” The ad further contends that the book will teach the basic tenets of “Courtship, Marriage and the Production and Rearing of Healthy Families; together with Valuable Recipes and Prescriptions, Explanations of Botanical Practice, Correct Use of Ordinary Herbs.”

Having promised the serenity of knowledge, the ad ends with a warning: “With this Book in the house there is no excuse for not knowing what to do in an emergency. Don’t wait until you have an illness in your family before you order, but send at once for this valuable volume.”

But what’s going on in this illustration? Is it an early variant on the Heimlich Maneuver, or an “emergency disciplinary session”?


eBook Friday: Wild

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, by Cheryl Strayed:

Read the book before the movie comes out on December 5th!

At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life. With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State–and she would do it alone. Told with suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.


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eBook Friday: Master and Commander

Master and Commander, by Patrick O’Brian (audiobook):

Here is the maiden voyage of O’Brian’s acclaimed Aubrey-Maturin series, which follows the unique friendship between Captain Aubrey, R. N., and Stephen Maturin, ship’s surgeon and intelligence agent, against the backdrop of the Napoleonic wars. O’Brian renders in riveting detail the life aboard a man-of-war in Nelson’s navy:  the conversational idiom of the officers in the ward room and the men on the lower deck, the food, the floggings, the mysteries of the wind and the rigging, and the roar of broadsides as the great ships close in battle.


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