eBook Friday: How to Be Both

How to Be Both, by Ali Smith:

Passionate, compassionate, vitally inventive and scrupulously playful, Ali Smith’s novels are like nothing else. A true original, she is a one-of-a-kind literary sensation. Her novels consistently attract serious acclaim and discussion–and have won her a dedicated readership who are drawn again and again to the warmth, humanity and humor of her voice.

How to Be Both is a novel all about art’s versatility. Borrowing from painting’s fresco technique to make an original literary double-take, it’s a fast-moving genre-bending conversation between forms, times, truths and fictions. There’s a Renaissance artist of the 1460s. There’s the child of a child of the 1960s. Two tales of love and injustice twist into a singular yarn where time gets timeless, structural gets playful, knowing gets mysterious, fictional gets real–and all life’s givens get given a second chance.


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Book sale – March 26 through 28!

Book_sale_-_spring_2015The Spring 2015 Friends of the Chatham Community Library book sale will be held on Thursday and Friday, March 26 and 27 from 9 AM to 7 PM and Saturday, March 28, from 9 AM to 2 PM.  The sale will take place at Chatham Community Library on the campus of Central Carolina Community College, 197 NC Highway 87 North, in Pittsboro.

The collection for this sale will not disappoint. You can be certain to find something to enjoy in the impressive collection of mysteries, fiction, trade paperbacks, cookbooks, history, biography, science, children’s books, and many more categories, as well as audio and visual material.  Almost all items are from donations by residents of Chatham County.

A listing of special and unusual books available at the sale can be found at www.friendsofthechathamcommunitylibrary.org/booksale.htm  These items will be available in “Claudia’s Corner”.  The books in Claudia’s Corner are not necessarily rare or expensive. The books there are selected if they deserve more attention than they might receive it they were blended in with the thousands of other books on the main sales floor.

In addition to the usually attractive pricing, Thursday purchases over $200 will receive a 20% discount. On Friday, all prices are 50% off. On Saturday, you can buy a grocery bag full of books for $5. (Grocery bags donated by Lowes Foods and Harris Teeter will be available at the sale on Saturday.)

As a member of the Friends, you should have received a $3 discount card in the mail. Bring it with you and apply the discount to the books you buy.

All the funds raised by the book sale go to enhance library resources and services, so please come out and support your community library!

But don’t take OUR word for it. Seriously, don’t.

My Lungs Nov14 1901

Check the fine print in this advertisement for Ayer’s Cherry Pectoral (from the November 14, 1901 edition of The Chatham Record). It’s the friendliest I’ve ever read:

“Consult your doctor. If he says take it, then do as he says. If he tells you not to take it, then don’t take it. He knows. Leave it with him. We are willing.”

eBook Friday: Shakespeare Saved My Life

This is the Big Library Read title — join millions of users around the world reading the same eBook, at the same time, for free! This eBook will be available with no wait list through March 31.


Shakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard by Laura Bates:

Shakespeare professor and prison volunteer Laura Bates thought she had seen it all. That is, until she decided to teach Shakespeare in a place the bard had never been before — supermax solitary confinement. In this unwelcoming place, surrounded by inmates known as the worst of the worst, is Larry Newton. A convicted murderer with several escape attempts under his belt and a brilliantly agile mind on his shoulders, Larry was trying to break out of prison at the same time Laura was fighting to get her program started behind bars.

Thus begins the most unlikely of friendships, one bonded by Shakespeare and lasting years — a friendship that, in the end, would save more than one life.

Elsewhere in Apparel

Fish slicker Oct 21 1886

This ad from the October 21, 1886 edition of The Chatham Record rings true for me but I can’t put my finger on why. Maybe I’m so credulous because a raincoat either works or it doesn’t; there is no placebo effect when it comes to rain gear.

The FISH BRAND SLICKER is warranted waterproof, and will keep you dry in the hardest storm. The new POMMEL SLICKER is a perfect fishing coat and covers the entire saddle. Beware of imitations. None genuine without the “Fish Brand” trade-mark. Illustrated Catalogue free. A. J. Tower, Boston, Mass.

Big Library Read: Shakespeare Saved My Life

Big Library Read, OverDrive’s “global book club,” is back once again!  Join millions of users around the world reading the same eBook, at the same time, for free.  Starting today and ending March 31, Shakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard by Laura Bates will be available with no wait list.

This is a riveting true-life tale of Shakespeare professor and prison volunteer Laura Bates as she teaches about the playwright in supermax solitary confinement, developing a friendship with a brilliant, dangerous convict.


eBook Friday: How We Got to Now

How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World, by Steven Johnson:

In this illustrated volume, Steven Johnson explores the history of innovation over centuries, tracing facets of modern life (refrigeration, clocks, and eyeglass lenses, to name a few) from their creation by hobbyists, amateurs, and entrepreneurs to their unintended historical consequences. Filled with surprising stories of accidental genius and brilliant mistakes—from the French publisher who invented the phonograph before Edison but forgot to include playback, to the Hollywood movie star who helped invent the technology behind Wi-Fi and Bluetooth—How We Got to Now investigates the secret history behind the everyday objects of contemporary life.

In his trademark style, Johnson examines unexpected connections between seemingly unrelated fields: how the invention of air-conditioning enabled the largest migration of human beings in the history of the species—to cities such as Dubai or Phoenix, which would otherwise be virtually uninhabitable; how pendulum clocks helped trigger the industrial revolution; and how clean water made it possible to manufacture computer chips. Accompanied by a major six-part television series on PBS, How We Got to Now is the story of collaborative networks building the modern world, written in the provocative, informative, and engaging style that has earned Johnson fans around the globe.


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It’s just. That. Easy.

Johnson and Wiggs

This graphic from the October 14, 1880 edition of The Chatham Record looks like the inscrutable logo for a company whose name starts with “E”, but it just wants to show you how to hook your newfangled Delta Cotton Tie.

Thanks, Johnson & Wiggs!


eBook Friday: Leaving Time

Leaving Time, by Jodi Picoult:

Throughout her blockbuster career, Jodi Picoult has seamlessly blended nuanced characters, riveting plots, and rich prose, brilliantly creating stories that “not only provoke the mind but touch the flawed souls in all of us” (The Boston Globe). Now, in her highly anticipated new novel, she has delivered her most affecting work yet–a book unlike anything she’s written before.

For more than a decade, Jenna Metcalf has never stopped thinking about her mother, Alice, who mysteriously disappeared in the wake of a tragic accident. Refusing to believe she was abandoned, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alice’s old journals. A scientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yet Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mother’s whereabouts.

Desperate to find the truth, Jenna enlists two unlikely allies in her quest: Serenity Jones, a psychic who rose to fame finding missing persons, only to later doubt her gifts, and Virgil Stanhope, the jaded private detective who’d originally investigated Alice’s case along with the strange, possibly linked death of one of her colleagues. As the three work together to uncover what happened to Alice, they realize that in asking hard questions, they’ll have to face even harder answers.

As Jenna’s memories dovetail with the events in her mother’s journals, the story races to a mesmerizing finish. A deeply moving, gripping, and intelligent page-turner, Leaving Time is Jodi Picoult at the height of her powers.


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Resource of the Month: Morningstar Investment Research Center

morningstarMorningstar Investment Research Center is a comprehensive financial database serving investors of all levels.  It provides investment research data on approximately 370,000 investment offerings including stocks, mutual funds, and similar vehicles. It also offers real-time market data on more than 4 million equities, indexes, futures, options, and commodities as well as foreign exchange and Treasury markets.

To access Morningstar, visit www.nclive.org and click on the Business & Management subject heading. Choose Morningstar Investment Research Center from the list of resources. If you are accessing this resource outside of the library, you will be prompted to log in with your library card number.

From the Morningstar home page, you can search for information on companies, stocks, mutual funds, exchange-traded funds, and markets. You can also access portfolio tools and calculators for retirement and college savings, see Morningstar’s fund and stock picks, choose funds and stocks based on your stated criteria, and much more.