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  • Posted on 10/05/2011 - 4:03pm

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    Louis (Louie) Zamperini’s life reads like the most fantastical drama you’ve ever known and yet every word of this amazing life story is true and well documented in history. Louie went from being a troublemaking California youngster to an Olympic runner in the 1936 Olympics in Germany. Then WWII came along and sent him to the Pacific as an Army Air Corpsman only to end up with his plane crashed and clinging to a tiny raft with two other men floating for weeks fighting starvation, sharks, weather and attacks by Japanese bombers. Sounds like a challenge? That’s only the beginning of this incredible biography. Louis Zamperini is still alive today and reading this book inspired me to research further this man who seemed to have an almost limitless determination to survive whatever life could throw his way. One of the best biographies I have ever read – highly recommended.

  • Posted on 10/05/2011 - 4:01pm

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    The title immediately grabbed my attention, having coming of age at the same time as the author and having been a big Duran Duran fan.  Although published after Love is a Mix Tape, the book could serve as a prequel as it chronicles the author’s life and coming of age experiences during the 80s. The book is not about Duran Duran, but they do serve as the ultimate example of the music of the times and what those songs, bands and videos meant as we came of age.  Extremely humorous, and I loved how the author cleverly wove lines of popular 80s songs into his prose in such a subtle manner that it would be very easy to miss for those who don’t know their 80s music. A wonderful trip down memory lane, I was sorry when it ended!

     

    If you liked Talking to Girls About Duran Duran you will also enjoy the 80s nostalgia in But Enough About Me and Don’t You Forget About Me by Jancee Dunn, who like Sheffield is a former contributor to Rolling Stone.

  • Posted on 10/05/2011 - 3:57pm

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    Tin was born on a Thursday, and so was fated to wandering.  His older sister, seven-year-old Harper, can hardly blame him for wanting to escape: the family is mired in poverty, their land is barren, the new baby cries all the time.  Tin burrows into the earth to get away from it all, digging elaborate subterranean tunnels, his eccentricity tolerated—even overshadowed—by his family’s larger problems.  In lyrical, heartbreaking prose, Harper weaves her family’s struggle and Tin’s surreal underground existence together into a dark and dreamy tale.

  • Posted on 10/05/2011 - 3:51pm

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    After a car crash leaves  successful, overachieving  Sarah Nickerson with a traumatic brain injury and an obscure neurological syndrome called Left Neglect, she faces a long and uncertain recovery. This story personalizes the struggles and insights of a rare and unusual brain condition and the redemptive power of family love and support. Author and neuroscientist, Lisa Genova, once again delves into the world of disabling brain disease and creates a book of moving fiction. Her first novel, Still Alice, dealt with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.

  • Posted on 09/28/2011 - 10:05am

    There is a simple way to find words on the current web page you're viewing.   Press Control + F and type the word you are looking for.  If the word is on the page, the word will be highlighted.

  • Posted on 09/27/2011 - 4:21pm

    The library would like to thank the volunteers, participating organizations and supporters for a successful 2011 Community Fair. More photos here.



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  • Posted on 09/21/2011 - 3:15pm

    Due to predicted rain, the Celebrate Wilmington Cake Contest will be held inside the library.

  • Posted on 09/08/2011 - 6:02pm

    Saturday hours begin Saturday, September 10, open 9 am to 5 pm.

  • Posted on 09/08/2011 - 5:59pm

    The library is pleased to offer the Freegal music download service. Click here to access the free music downloads. You will need your library card number and PIN. Patrons may download up to (3) songs per week. They never expire and are DRM-free!

  • Posted on 09/08/2011 - 5:53pm

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    When Cameron is admitted to the hospital following his diagnosis of Mad Cow Disease, things start to get really weird for him. With the help of his roommate, Gonzo (a neurotic, asthmatic dwarf), they escape for Cameron’s final road trip. The comedy becomes more absurd as the miles click by, with the pair picking up an ancient Norse god (cursed to appear as a lawn gnome), staying with a smoothie-loving cult at the Church of Everlasting Satisfaction and Snack ‘N’ Bowl, and falling in love with an angel on the way to Disney World. Going Bovine won the 2010 Printz medal for excellence in teen literature.

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