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Recommended gift ideas for kids who love books

Looking for fresh gift ideas for little ones this holiday season?  Then look no further than this list reviewing the best kids books of 2011. Read more about Recommended gift ideas for kids who love books

Tickets on sale NOW for S2S/B2B Sinners and Saints book event!

Tickets are now available to purchase for the Sister 2 Sister/Brother 2 Brother book discussion and autograph event with authors Reshonda Tate Billingsley and Victoria Christopher Murray on Thursday, January 19 at Main.

Beginning Monday, December 12, you may purchase tickets for $7.00 per person at the Showers Center Library (256-851-7492) or the Main Library business office (256-532-5950).  Event details are below.

 

Thursday, January 19, 2012; 6:00 PM

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Bailey Cove Science Fiction: The Hobbit or There and Back Again

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Thursday, January 5, 2012 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
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J. R. R. Tolkien
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The Hobbit

Bilbo Baggins, a respectable, well-to-do hobbit, lives comfortably in his hobbit-hole until the day the wandering wizard Gandalf chooses him to take part in an adventure from which he may never return. Read more about Bailey Cove Science Fiction: The Hobbit or There and Back Again

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S2S B2B: We Ain't The Brontes

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Saturday, June 16, 2012 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
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9781601622433
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Rosalyn McMillan
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We Ain't The Brontes

Charity Evans and Lynzee Lavender haven’t always had the best relationship—for the most part thanks to them being writers. But while Lynzee is the wealthy, successful New York Times bestselling author of science fiction books, Charity is just squeaking by. Why is success passing her by? And why is her publisher all of a sudden reluctant to renew her contract? Now Charity suspects the worst: That her own sister has had her blacklisted! With her savings dwindling, Charity struggles to pay her bills, and the pressure is putting an incredible strain on her marriage. The rivalry goes into overdrive when Lynzee reveals that the father of the child she gave up years ago is…Charity’s husband! Charity’s life goes into a tailspin as she struggles to decide if she should tell her husband about the child he never knew he had, or if that would be just the excuse he needs to abandon her for good. She knows she has to do something, but will the path she ultimately decides to take end up destroying them all?   Read more about S2S B2B: We Ain't The Brontes

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S2S B2B: Life Is Short But Wide

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Saturday, May 19, 2012 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
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9780385511346
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J. California Cooper
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Life Is Short But Wide

Wideland, Oklahoma, is home to ordinary Americans struggling to raise families, eke out a living, and fulfill their dreams. In the early twentieth century, Irene and Val fall in love in Wideland. While carving out a home for themselves, they also allow neighbors Bertha and Joseph to build a house and live on their land. The next generation brings two girls for Irene and Val, and a daughter for Bertha and Joseph. As the families cope with the hardships that come with changing times and fortunes, and people are born and pass away, the characters learn the importance of living one’s life boldly and squeezing out every possible moment of joy.
Cooper brilliantly captures the cadences of the South and draws a picture of American life at once down-to-earth and heartwarming in this-as her wise narrator will tell you-“strange, sad, kind’a beautiful, life story.” It is a story about love that leads to the ultimate realization that whoever you are, and whatever you do, life is short, but it is also wide. Read more about S2S B2B: Life Is Short But Wide

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S2S B2B: Secret Obsession

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Saturday, August 18, 2012 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
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Kimberla Lawson Roby
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Secret Obsession

Paige Donahue has always lived in her sister Camille's shadow. As children, Camille had the grades, the friends, and their parents' love, while Paige was left with hand-me-downs and criticism. Now as adults, Camille lives an idyllic life with her husband, Pierce, and her two perfect children in a beautiful home, while Paige is stuck in a small condo with bills she can't afford to pay. But no more. With seeds of doubt planted in both Camille's and Pierce's minds, Paige's plan to steal her brother-in law starts to work. But when he reveals his decision to make his marriage work, a desperate Paige moves from envy to madness. What results from her dangerous scheme is something no one could have imagined Read more about S2S B2B: Secret Obsession

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S2S B2B: Secret Obsession

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Saturday, April 21, 2012 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
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Kimberla Lawson Roby
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Secret Obsession

Paige Donahue has always lived in her sister Camille's shadow. As children, Camille had the grades, the friends, and their parents' love, while Paige was left with hand-me-downs and criticism. Now as adults, Camille lives an idyllic life with her husband, Pierce, and her two perfect children in a beautiful home, while Paige is stuck in a small condo with bills she can't afford to pay. But no more. With seeds of doubt planted in both Camille's and Pierce's minds, Paige's plan to steal her brother-in law starts to work. But when he reveals his decision to make his marriage work, a desperate Paige moves from envy to madness. What results from her dangerous scheme is something no one could have imagined.  Read more about S2S B2B: Secret Obsession

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S2S B2B: Faith

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Saturday, March 17, 2012 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
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9781601628787
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Michelle Larks
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Faith

Monet and Marcus Caldwell are living their version of the American Dream. Both are gainfully employed, Marcus as a detective for Chicago's Finest, and Monet as a nurse in the neonatal unit of an inner city hospital. They are faithful members of Reverend Ruth Wilcox's church, The Temple. The only thing missing from their life is a child. Doctors have been unable to explain the reason for Monet's inability to conceive, which she calls the Sarah Syndrome.<P>Then the unthinkable occurs. Monet is brutally assaulted. Months later, she learns the news she has been longing to hear her entire married life: she's having a baby. Monet is thrilled, but Marcus is appalled by the news, and orders his wife to terminate the pregnancy. Monet refuses, and a cold war of monumental proportions breaks out in the Caldwell household.<P>Monet's faith perseveres in the face of great adversity as she holds on to God's unchanging hand.  Read more about S2S B2B: Faith

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S2S B2B: Meet Authors ReShonda Tate Billingsley & Victoria Christopher Murray

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Thursday, January 19, 2012 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm
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ReShonda Billingsley and Victoria Murray
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Sinners & Saints

 

Join Sister 2 Sister Brother 2 Brother as we welcome bestselling, award-winning authors Victoria Christopher Murray and ReShonda Tate Billingsley, as they bring their favorite heroines together in SINNERS & SAINTS.

This event will be on Thursday January 19, 2012 at 6:00pm, Main Library auditorium, Book signing to follow, with lite refreshments. Tickets are $7.00 each; purchase yours at the Main Library (256-532-5950) or Showers Center Library (256-851-7492). Tickets go on sale December 12th, get yours early and they make great Christmas gifts for your friends.

Sinners & Saints:

Victoria Christopher Murray’s Jasmine Cox Larson Bush and ReShonda Tate Billingsley’s Rachel Jackson Adams are not your typical First Ladies. But they’ve overcome their scandalous and drama-filled pasts to stand firmly by their husbands’ sides.

 

But when a coveted position opens up—the President of the National Baptist Association—each woman thinks her husband is perfect for the job.  As Jasmine and Rachel’s husbands are both nominated, the scheming begins and both women are back to their old ways. With their husbands as President, they will have more power, prestige, and money than they could have ever dreamed! The competition is on and both will do anything and everything in their power to get their husbands’ the job.   It becomes a battle of the First Ladies as these women try to one-up each other.

 

Just when Jasmine and Rachel think they’re going to have to fight to the finish, the current First Lady of the National Baptist Association steps in…a woman bigger, badder, and more devious than either of them. The women have finally met their match, but the conspiracy behind the position runs deeper than either Jasmine or Rachel could have imagined. Read more about S2S B2B: Meet Authors ReShonda Tate Billingsley & Victoria Christopher Murray

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Bailey Cove Morning: Room

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012 - 10:00am to 11:00am
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Emma Donoghue
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Room

To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma as they learn and read and eat and sleep and play. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, one that relies on her young son's bravery and a lot of luck. What she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work. Told entirely in the language of the energetic, pragmatic five-year-old Jack, ROOM is a celebration of resilience and the limitless bond between parent and child, a brilliantly executed novel about what it means to journey from one world to another. Read more about Bailey Cove Morning: Room

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