Archive for January, 2016




Kathryn Haines is the author of the popular “Rosie Winter” series which features an aspiring actress turned homefront sleuth during World War II.  The books in the series have earned both critical and popular acclaim and include titles like  The War Against Miss Winter and The Winter of Her Discontent.   Kathryn combines an appealing heroine, a vivid depiction of life in 1940’s wartime America, and puzzling mysteries in each novel.  She also has written two Young Adult novels The Girl is Murder and The Girl is Trouble which feature a teen sleuth in the forties era she knows so well. She was kind enough to help your local library promote library card use and library card sign up and we appreciate her help.



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Beth Gutcheon’s Favorites!



Author Beth Gutcheon has managed to use her literary talents to win over critics and readers alike.  She has been called  “a gifted storyteller … her characters are intelligent, brave, and witty… human and real,”  by Susan Isaacs, New York Times Book Review. Her best-sellers include Gossip, The New Girls, and Still Missing. She was kind enough to share her own favorite books with us.

Hold Still by Sally Mann.  Utterly beautiful, moving and wise.  Pretty much unforgettable.

the Naples novels of Elena Ferrante

Anything by Clive James.  I’m on a tear.  Slowly savoring Cultural Amnesia, but I also have about four volumes of his poetry going and I’m not a regular reader of poetry.  “Unreliable Memoirs” made me laugh out loud more often than anything I ever read.

but speaking of laughing, The Relic Master  by Christopher Buckley is heaven.

Giving Up the Ghost by Hilary Mantel– fascinating memoir from before she wrote the Cromwell novels.

Anything by Elizabeth Strout, though I especially love her earliest novels, Amy and Isabelle, and Abide With Me.

1599 by James Shapiro — a pivotal year in the life and times of William Shakespeare.  Deeply fascinating.

And, because my new novel is a murder mystery (!) called Death at Breakfast, which will be out in May, I ought to confess to my murder mystery addiction.  The best of the best for me is Tana French, any of the Homicide Squad novels

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New Titles Here @ Marion!



The Big Dark by Rodman Philbrick

Hunter by Mercedes Lackey

The Girl From the Well by Rin Chupeco

Slasher Girls and Monster Boys

Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett



Scandalous Behavior by Stuart Woods

An Amish Year by Beth Wiseman

The Most Famous Illegal Goose  Creek Parade by Virginia Smith

Miss Dreamsville and the Lost Heiress of Collier County by Amy Hearth

War Room by Chris Fabry

Beyond the Silence by Tracie Peterson


SWVA Heritage Room

McRoberts, Kentucky by Bill Fugate






The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald

NYPD Red 4 by James Patterson

Medusa’s Web by Tom Powers

Blue by Danielle Steel

Only Love Can Break Your Heart by Ed Tarkington

Downward Facing Death by Michelle Kelly

River Road by Carol Goldman

The Girl with Ghost Eyes by M H Boroson



Beating the College Debt Trap

What You Must Know About Thyroid Disease

The Tiredness Cure by Sohere Roked

In a Different Key: The Story of Autism  by John Donvan


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Maggie Lawson on Books!


Actress Maggie Lawson has appeared on television in roles ranging from a modern Nancy Drew in a telefilm about the popular girl sleuth to police officer Juliet O’Hara on “Psych.” She recently  named “7 Things That Make Me Smile” in an article as told to Mona Buehler in the February 2016 issue of Watch Magazine.   The blonde actress mentioned  “the smell of a book”  and added: “e-books are super convenient and nice, but nothing compares to holding and smelling the pages of a fresh book.”



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Ramshackle Glam Reader!



Author/life style expert Jordan Reid has turned her popular blog Ramshackle Glam into an influential source for information on fashion, beauty products, and lifestyle tips.  She  has worked for companies ranging from Dove, Timex, and Old Navyand has appeared on various television shows to share her expertise on many subjects of interest to her fans. She is the author of Ramshackle Glam: The New Mom’s Haphazard Guide to (Almost) Having It All and Carrying On: Style, Beauty, Decor (and More) for the Nervous New Mom. Jordan was kind enough to name some of her own favorite books for your local library.

The Interestings

The Phantom Tollbooth

The World According to Garp

In Cold Blood

Life After Life

For more on Jordan see http://www.ramshackleglam.com



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Too cold for outdoor activities? Stock up on new movies and enjoy some home viewing!




Immigration Battle

Da Vinci’s Demons

Elementary Season 3



Do You Beileve?

The Walk

Jenny’s Wedding

Hitman Agent 47

Sherlock: The Abominable Bride



The Martian




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