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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Posted on 09/08/2011 - 5:51pm

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    Emily Maxwell, is an 80 year old widow who is dealing with the emotional and physical issues of growing old and, “being alone.” Although the story consists primarily of Emily’s daily routine, the story is much more than that. As Emily reflects about her life with her husband, children, grandchildren, friends and neighbors and even her beloved aging dog Rufus, the reader is reminded how regrets, setbacks and hopes of an ordinary life are a part of everyone’s life. There are moments of humor and sadness throughout the book. The story begins with Emily and her sister-in-law Arlene driving to the Eat ‘n Park’s two-for-one breakfast buffet, a weekly tradition. After Arlene suffers a stroke at the buffet, Emily begins to become more independent but at the same time realizes that she needs to rely on others more and more. Emily, with her quirks and habits, may be someone you will recognize, a friend, an aunt, neighbor or even yourself. If you like books that are plot driven, this is not the book for you. If you liked books that are character-driven, I think you would enjoy this book. I give it five stars.