Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Staff Picks: Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman (Adult Fiction Audiobook read by the author)

Neverwhere is a Neil Gaiman book written for adults. When I first heard that he was the reader I was skeptical, but he does a great job with multiple voices and accents, keeping them consistent throughout the 10 CD’s. Each CD starts and ends with a brief music interlude, a nice alert that it’s time to change CD’s. This story is about 2 Londons, the one we know and London below. Our protagonist Richard Mayhew discovers an injured young woman named Door on the sidewalk in London. By helping Door he soon becomes entangled in the dark world of London below. He feels utterly lost and not up to the task before him including rats that can communicate through humans, an evil pair that loves to inflict pain, a beast that roams the underground, an angel, and many other unimaginable things. Neverwhere is classic Neil Gaiman  as well as a classic story of good versus evil. It’s an entertaining story about an everyday person trying to cope with otherworldly situations.

Lola Nichols
Information Specialist

Friday, February 16, 2018

#ShelfLife - February 16, 2018

Happy Friday, fellow book lovers! School's out for a holiday break and we've seen lots of patrons visit the library today as they check out books to read over the rainy long weekend.

Please remember that all FCPL locations will be closed on Monday, February 19 in observance of Presidents' Day, but the eLibrary is always open at www.forsythpl.org.

Authors of Instagram were showing us some love on this Valentine week: Cookbook author Elettra Wiedemann stopped by to comment on our photo of her book Impatient Foodie: 100 Delicious Recipes for a Hectic, Time-Starved World. On Valentine's Day we announced that Johanna Luthman, author of Love, Madness, and Scandal: The Life of Frances Coke Villiers, Viscountess Purbeck, will visit the Cumming Library on March 5 as part of our Tying the Windsor Knot royal wedding series.

What was your favorite #ShelfLife photo this week? Leave a comment below and let us know!

It’s warm today (we’re attempting to ignore the wind) and we’re all impatient for spring to arrive. While there’s some rain headed our way, we hope you’ll find a moment to get outside with a good book this weekend. Go wild and take a picnic with you! We’re reading SPRING FEVER by Mary Kay Andrews (@marykayandrews) and IMPATIENT FOODIE: 100 DELICIOUS RECIPES FOR A HECTIC, TIME-STARVED WORLD by Elettra Wiedemann (@impatientfoodie) under a tree full of lovely blossoms. . . What are you reading this weekend? . . Don’t forget that all FCPL locations will be closed on Monday, February 19 in observance of Presidents’ Day. Stop by for your books this weekend, or check them out from your computer or smart device at www.forsythpl.org. #ShelfLife #amreading #FridayReads #spring #marykayandrews #springfever #fiction #impatientfoodie #cookbook #nonfiction #librariesofinstagram #bookstagram #readersofinstagram #goodreads #ForsythReads #FCPLstories

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TEEN Book Club: A book club for grades 6 – 12. Cumming Library – March 6, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.

When Friendship Followed Me Home by Paul Griffin

Our Teen Book Club meets the first Tuesday of the month to discuss a featured book. We’ll also enjoy a craft or activity related to the book. This month’s selection is When Friendship Followed Me Home by Paul Griffin. Seventh-grader Ben, always an outsider, is led into a deep friendship with Halley, who is being treated for cancer, by the special dog he and his adoptive mother take in. No registration required.

Lorraine Lane
Youth Specialist
Cumming Library

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Tying the Windsor Knot Series Serves Up Scandal, Sweets, and Style Ahead of Royal Wedding

With the wedding of Britain’s Prince Harry to American actress Meghan Markle coming in just a few months, fans of history and romance should mark their calendars for the Tying the Windsor Knot series on royal weddings at the Forsyth County Public Library.

The first event in this five-part series will be led by Johanna Luthman, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History at the University of North Georgia and author of Love, Madness, and Scandal: The Life of Frances Coke Villiers, Viscountess Purbeck, on Monday, March 5 at 7:00 p.m. at the Cumming Library.

Johanna Luthman, author of
Love, Madness, and Scandal:
The Life of Frances Coke Villiers, Viscountess Purbeck
“Dr. Luthman’s book just arrived on our shelves from Oxford University Press and our patrons who love history and biographies will want to be among the first to check it out,” says Tracy Walker, Programming and Outreach Manager.

Frances Coke Villiers lived in the early 1600s and was forced into a politically convenient marriage. She separated from her husband, but was involved in a scandalous affair and gave birth to an illegitimate child. Her incredible - and tragic - story includes court drama with kings and queens, smallpox, madness, kidnappings, prison breaks, exile, and involvement in civil war.

While this may sound more like a new HBO drama than actual history, Dr. Luthman’s recounting of Viscountess Purbeck’s life will highlight the challenges of living in this period in English history, as well as her determination to keep both her child and her place in society.

Luthman will also present Drama Queens: Exploring the Marriages of Henry VIII, the second portion of the royal wedding series, at the Post Road Library on Thursday, March 15 at 6:30 p.m.

“England’s Henry VIII is one of history’s most notorious kings,” says Walker.

“He and his six queens are the subject of many popular works of non-fiction and fiction in our collection, but Dr. Luthman will share new perspectives on the politics of his court and the deadly intrigue his wives faced.”

Lauren Duxbury (right), owner and founder of Panbury's
The mid-point of the royal wedding series will bring Lauren Duxbury, owner and founder of Panbury’s, to the Hampton Park Library on Saturday, April 14 at 3:00 p.m. for Pie in the Sky: British Treats and Traditions.

“Panbury’s was recognized by Atlanta Magazine, Zagat, and Creative Loafing as making the best savory pies in Atlanta, so we’re delighted to have Ms. Duxbury share the history and traditions surrounding these delicious pastries,” explains Walker.

Duxbury will bring along samples of several sweet and savory British pies for the audience to taste. Admission is free, but advance registration is required for this portion of the royal wedding series.

The last two events in the series will be held at the newly expanded Sharon Forks Library, set to reopen on March 24.

Sordid Affairs: History’s Most Scandalous Marriages will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 22. Luthman, who specializes in issues of love, sex, and marriage in the Tudor and Stuart eras, will reveal secrets behind the clandestine meetings and doomed love affairs of the time.

Finally, in preparation for the festivities surrounding the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in May, library patrons will get a glimpse of royal wedding fashion, both past and present.

Sarah Collins, Associate Chair of Fashion,
Savannah College of Art and Design
From Fashionistas to Fascinators: A Look at Royal Wedding Fashion will be hosted by Sarah Collins, Associate Chair of Fashion at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24.

“Ms. Collins started the fashion program at SCAD Atlanta,” says Walker.

“She has a unique background in both art and fashion that will give our patrons a sense of how historical and contemporary designers work to create fashions for the royal couple, their attendants, and their families.”

For more information on the Tying the Windsor Knot royal wedding series, please visit www.forsythpl.org.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Staff Picks: The Masterpiece by Francine Rivers (Adult Fiction)

The Masterpiece by Francine Rivers

A successful L.A. artist, Roman Velasco appears to have everything he could possibly want—money, women, fame. Only Grace Moore, his reluctant, newly hired personal assistant, knows how little he truly has. The demons of Roman’s past seem to echo through the halls of his empty mansion and out across his breathtaking Topanga Canyon view. But Grace doesn’t know how her boss secretly wrestles with those demons: by tagging buildings as the Bird, a notorious but unidentified graffiti artist—an alter ego that could destroy his career and land him in prison.

Like Roman, Grace is wrestling with ghosts and secrets of her own. After a disastrous marriage threw her life completely off-course, she vowed never to let love steal her dreams again. But as she gets to know the enigmatic man behind the reputation, the jagged pieces of both of their pasts slowly begin to fit together . . . until something so unexpected happens that it changes the course of their relationship—and both their lives—forever.

There is so much in this novel, that I don’t know where to begin to describe it. It's a wonderful character-driven adventure. In the authors’ note to readers she says, “…I wanted to explore two individuals and how traumatic childhood experiences impact their adult thinking and behavior. Can they have a normal life?”…With Christ, all things are possible, but what if faith is lacking?”

This is a powerful topic with rich characterization where the reader is allowed to walk in the character's shoes as they struggle in their spiritual journey, they feel the traumatic pain from childhood and the joys of being set free. This is a masterpiece on so many levels. I’ll be reading this novel again and highly recommend it for your next book club pick. The author includes fifteen discussion questions.

Nora St. Laurent
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