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Author Chat Book Club: Jamie Dodson

Award-winning author Jamie Dodson joins our discussion of his novel Flying Boats & Spies at the next Author Chat Book Club meeting on Thursday, November 7, at 6 p.m. at Pizzelle's Confections at Lowe Mill.

It's a historical fiction set in the golden age of aviation, but it's also a terrific adventure story about a teenager who gets involved in the pre-WWII spy theatre.

Copies are available here at the Library, for $8 each including tax.
Ask for Sophie Young at the Reference Desk, 2nd Floor. Read more about Author Chat Book Club: Jamie Dodson

Rheta returns with "Hank"

Columnist Rheta Grimsley Johnson returns to the main library on Friday, June 8, at 6:30 p.m. to talk about her new book, Hank Hung the Moon ... And Warmed Our Cold, Cold Hearts.

Tickets are $10 per person and are available online or at the main library. For details, call Sophie Young at 256-532-2362. Read more about Rheta returns with "Hank"

Coffee, Cake and Conversation Book Club

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Friday, February 20, 2015 - 6:00pm
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Lilly Ledbetter with Lanier Scott Isom

Book club meeting of a diverse group of men and women who enjoy reading and discussing fiction and nonfiction books

while enjoying a light meal. Read more about Coffee, Cake and Conversation Book Club

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Russell Readers Book Discussion

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 11:00am
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9780061097317
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Barbara Kingsolver
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The Bean Trees

Clear-eyed and spirited, Taylor Greer grew up poor in rural Kentucky with the goals of avoiding pregnancy and getting away. But when she heads west with high hopes and a barely functional car, she meets the human condition head-on. By the time Taylor arrives in Tucson, Arizona, she has acquired a completely unexpected child, a three-year-old American Indian girl named Turtle, and must somehow come to terms with both motherhood and the necessity for putting down roots. Hers is a story about love and friendship, abandonment and belonging, and the discovery of surprising resources in apparently empty places. Read more about Russell Readers Book Discussion

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S2S/B2B: Twelve Tribes of Hattie

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Saturday, August 15, 2015 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
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9780385350280
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Ayana Mathis
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Twelve Tribes of Hattie

A debut of extraordinary distinction: Ayana Mathis tells the story of the children of the Great Migration through the trials of one unforgettable family.

In 1923, fifteen-year-old Hattie Shepherd flees Georgia and settles in Philadelphia, hoping for a chance at a better life. Instead, she marries a man who will bring her nothing but disappointment and watches helplessly as her firstborn twins succumb to an illness a few pennies could have prevented.  Hattie gives birth to nine more children whom she raises with grit and mettle and not an ounce of the tenderness they crave.  She vows to prepare them for the calamitous difficulty they are sure to face in their later lives, to meet a world that will not love them, a world that will not be kind. Captured here in twelve luminous narrative threads, their lives tell the story of a mother’s monumental courage and the journey of a nation.

Beautiful and devastating, Ayana Mathis’s The Twelve Tribes of Hattie is wondrous from first to last—glorious, harrowing, unexpectedly uplifting, and blazing with life. An emotionally transfixing page-turner, a searing portrait of striving in the face of insurmountable adversity, an indelible encounter with the resilience of the human spirit and the driving force of the American dream, Mathis’s first novel heralds the arrival of a major new voice in contemporary fiction. Read more about S2S/B2B: Twelve Tribes of Hattie

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S2S/B2B: Unforgiving

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Saturday, June 20, 2015 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
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9781601626950
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Patricia Haley
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Unforgiving

Number-one Essence® bestselling author Patricia Haley brings back the beloved Mitchell family in this seventh compelling book in the award-winning family drama series based on King David and Solomon.

Sins from the past have left a lingering stench in the Mitchell family. Amidst a tumultuous rollercoaster ride through financial ruin, professional humiliation, personal failure, and marital discord, Joel, the youngest son who was once considered the most eligible bachelor, has finally come to terms with his shortcomings and self-centered decisions. Spurred by his estranged wife’s troubled pregnancy, he decides to honor their marriage. Joel reaches out to the most unlikely person, his stepmother and long-time nemesis, Madeline Mitchell, pleading with her to let him back into the family business.

Don, the eldest living son, has other plans and vehemently discounts Madeline’s recommendation, not ready to trust his half-brother Joel. Don has paid his dues, suffered years of rejection, and played second fiddle to his father’s second family long enough. Feeling robbed of her rightful place in the company, Tamara, the only remaining heir to the Mitchell fortune, gets wind of what she considers to be her mother’s and brother’s betrayal. She is outraged that they’re considering someone other than her for the CEO role. Refusing to lose out again to the whims of her family, Tamara writes off Madeline and Don as traitors, concocting her own way to get the upper hand.

Harmony seems impossible for the Mitchell clan, with each step toward truce and reconciliation resulting in two backward steps shrouded in conflict. Everyone is forced to set aside their issues and come together in order to save DMI, the Mitchell legacy, and the life of a disturbed family member. They must learn painfully that forgiveness is the only path to restoration, and those who choose another route are bound to face unavoidable consequences. Read more about S2S/B2B: Unforgiving

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S2S/B2B: Family Business 3

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Saturday, May 16, 2015 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
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9781601626356
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Carl Weber
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Family Business 3:The Return of Vegas
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S2S/B2B: Relentless

Date: 
Saturday, February 21, 2015 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
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9781601626783
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Patricia Haley & Gracie Hill
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Relentless

Attorney Maxwell Montgomery has amassed a long list of legal victories in the war he's waged against corruption and religious hypocrisy, single-handedly bringing down one of the most popular churches in Philadelphia. Estranged from his family and uninterested in committing to a serious relationship, Maxwell appears heartless and full of disdain. His resolve isn't fueled by strong spiritual convictions, however. It stems from adversity in his childhood.

#1 Essence bestselling author Patricia Haley teams up with Gracie Hill in this edgy new drama series based on the biblical Apostle Paul and his journey from sinner to saint. Together Patricia and Gracie tackle matters of faith, church drama, religious hypocrisy, bitterness, and love in Relentless (Redeemed Series- Book #1).

Maxwell's parents were devoted church members who followed their leader blindly into a get-rich-quick-scheme that went terribly wrong. His cushy, middle-class life was ripped from him when his father was convicted of fraud, lost his job, house, car, life savings, long-time position as church treasurer, and credibility in the neighborhood. Maxwell's mother was also convicted and served nearly a year in prison at a critical time in Maxwell's childhood. Tossed from their home, he barely escaped foster care as an abusive aunt agreed to keep him and his sister until their parents were released from prison. Seeds of bitterness were deeply planted as Maxwell watched the pastor walk away with no consequences and his reputation intact.

Maxwell has vowed to never again let his fate be dictated by anyone else—not his parents, not God, not his on again-off again relationship with Nicole, and definitely not the church. He is determined to be successful, powerful, and rich enough to never end up like his father, and never to need God or the church. No one is immune from his vengeful pursuit—or so he believes.

Success abounds. However, Maxwell isn't prepared for the surprise headed his way and the price he'll have to pay. Read more about S2S/B2B: Relentless

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YABC: I Hunt Killers

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 6:00pm
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978031612584
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Barry Lyga
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I Hunt Killers

Seventeen-year-old Jazz learned all about being a serial killer from his notorious "Dear Old Dad," but believes he has a conscience that will help fight his own urges and right some of his father's wrongs, so he secretly helps the police apprehend the town's newest murderer, "The Impressionist." Read more about YABC: I Hunt Killers

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S2SB2B: A Christmas Prayer

Date: 
Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
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9781455526048
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Kimberla Lawson Roby
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A Christmas Prayer

Alexis Fletcher hasn't had a merry Christmas in five years-not since her mother passed away. Every December she remembers the joy her mother brought to everyone during the holiday season and feels the pain of her absence, even more so now that she and her sister are barely speaking. More than anything, Alexis wishes her family could be whole again. However, with her wedding fast approaching, Alexis might just be ready to make some holiday memories with a new family of her own. Alexis's fiancé, Chase Dupont, is everything she ever dreamed of. He's kind, handsome, fully supportive of Alexis's career, and the CEO of a large company. But outside forces threaten to derail this happy couple from ever reaching the altar. As tensions rise, a dramatic event causes Alexis to question everything. Will fate give her what she needs to finally embrace the season that has brought her so much pain? Will Alexis get her wish for a happy holiday? Or will her Christmas prayer go unanswered? Read more about S2SB2B: A Christmas Prayer

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