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Maria McCutchen is coming to Barnhills on Saturday, Jan 21st!!!


Maria McCutchen did not have time to be sick. With a husband who had just lost a job, two young sons, and a cross-country move on the horizon, who had time to be sick? Maria didn’t have time for a common cold, let alone a major medical condition. But one day while shopping in the grocery store where she had shopped hundreds of times before, she couldn’t find the milk. It was then she knew what she was feeling was more than just stress or exhaustion. There was something very wrong.

After consulting a few doctors, Maria discovered she had a rare brain cyst known as a posterior fossa arachnoid cyst—a very large brain cyst. Hearing these cysts were normally asymptomatic was of little comfort, especially because she felt her mind and body slipping away more and more every day. Normal mental and physical functions were becoming harder to control. Even if the doctors didn’t believe the cyst was a problem, she knew it was.

It would take months of living inside a shell of a person that she’d become, months of living in a mental fogginess and sometimes even physical pain, before she would finally get the medical attention she needed. It’s All in Your Head chronicles her harrowing medical odyssey and her attempts to regain some sort of semblance of her old life after treatment.


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Bookclub, Winery and an Author!!!!!

13 4-7 Native Vines Winery
14 11-2 Krista Peele
18 6:30 The Less Desirables Remote
26 Jan Wine/Food Pairing Mixer
New Vineyard in NOW!
Brandon Hills Vineyards
We are carrying Raptor Red (10 % of all sales go to these beautiful Hawks)
Amaretto Amore (Ohh-Laa-Laa!)
Brandon Berry Blush (beautiful)
And Viognier (YUMMM!)
This thrilling murder mystery begins with a dizzying, out-of-control skid down a mountain in an RV and ends as the intriguing threads of the plot come together in harried struggle for life in the dead of night 1500 miles from where the first murder occurred. Norm Brown joins the ranks of suspense masters in this riveting thrill ride.
Mindful Eating Book Club
This is a place for a vigorous discussion about books at the intersection of nutrition, human behavior, culture and other issues that affect our eating
Discussion will be facilitated by: Debra Benfield, M.Ed., R.D., LDN, Nutrition Therapist
Second Thursday of each Month 5:30-7:00 p.m. (Jan 12th)
Contact:  Debra Benfield336.773.1443
Native Vines will be pouring their wines on
Jan 13th 4-7
Author Krista Peele
Jan 14th 11-2
Rox, a scrappy fourteen-year-old, is just trying to survive. Living in an orphanage full of ‘gifted’ students isn’t easy. But when strange things begin to happen around Yangsly Academy, surviving becomes an even bigger challenge.
Artist Ginnie Conaway
Pet portraits began my artistic journey over 30 years ago and I still enjoy capturing memories for clients.
Flowers are a never ending source of inspiration.
I love bold colors and shapes, both in my gardens and in my paintings.
Remote For Your Listening Pleasure
There at it again and this time there here!
Come check out the live pod cast of characters known as The Less Desirables!
And if you can’t make it down check them out at… 1902, Allen published As a Man Thinketh, universally acknowledged as a classic book on self-examination. It captures the essence of Allen’s philosophy. Through his eloquent and succinct prose, Allen conveys his thesis that it is up to the individual to form his own character and create his own happiness.
In 1985, 15-year-old Bowman Gray IV lost his father to a heart attack. Later that same year, his mother gave him two gifts – a copy of As a Man Thinketh and a 35-millimeter camera. At the time, he did not fully appreciate how important these two gifts would eventually become to him.
In this gift edition, he couples his own color photographs with Allen’s timeless advice to produce an inspirational book that will stay with readers for years to come.

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Green Gospel by L.C. Fiore

Charles Fiore, author of Green Gospel was recently in the store discussing his debut novel.

Fleeing the FBI, eco-terrorist Edie Aberdeen escapes to the small, rural town of Arcadia, Florida. She hopes to reinvent herself and forget her criminal past. But when she falls in with a mega-church whose pastor preaches a fiery brand of environmental fundamentalism, she must choose between abdication and one final, radical act to save the church from financial ruin.

Several unforgettable characters narrate this vivid debut novel that examines the roots of fundamentalism, the powerful sway of community, and cuts to the heart of the question of whether or not people change.

Here is a brief video taken while he was here describing why he felt compelled to write this book.

Alex Shakar, author of The Savage Girl wrote:  ” A powerfully unfolding story of the changing landscapes of our time – physical, cultural, and personal.  With Green Gospel, L. C. Fiore establishes himself as a writer of extraordinary sensitivity and insight.”

Here is another brief clip of Charles reading from his book.

Autographed copies of this book are still available at Barnhills.

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New Year’s Resolutions

Are you going to make a New Year’s Resolution this year?  I usually don’t (because I can never keep them), but this year I am going to make 2.

The first one is personal in that I am going to try to be more healthy (active) this year.  Not necessarily to lose weight, but to be more healthy.  That means exercising a little more (alright then – start exercising) and try eating a little less at each meal and making better decisions about what to eat.

The second one is for the business.  I am going to try to post at least 2 blogs a week about all the interesting, new & exciting things that are happening at Barnhills.  I will talk about upcoming events, new book or art arrivals or just whatever comes to mind.  Please bear with me – because writing is not my forte, but I will do my best.

Hope that you have a wonderful, healthy and prosperous new year.


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This Week at Barnhills

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Pitch the Publisher

Mike Simpson
Second Wind Publishing, LLC
Call or email to reserve your time.
You will be given a one hour block, and must be present at the beginning of that time. When your name is called you have ten minutes to pitch the publisher!
Your novel must be complete in order to pitch it. Be prepared to email your full book just in case asked.

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Coming Soon to Barnhills: Green Gospel by I.C. Fiore

Here is a great review that was published in the Greensboro News & Record on Oct.  18th about this book.



Page Turners

Books with a North Carolina accent.

October 18, 2011

Dark green

Image accompanying article

The new novel, “Green Gospel,” the first by Durham resident L.C. Fiore, examines an age-old question: Can people change? The question, this time, is posed in terms that burn and explode. It’s a story so today that the actions that drive it could be online at the Huffington Post right now.

Ecoterrorist Edie Aberdeen, a California college dropout, is on the run from the FBI in the opening scene. She has hooked up with a coyote hauling a truckload of illegal immigrants to harvest crops in Florida. She’s fleeing the botched firebombing of a lab in San Francisco. She’s not sure, but she might have killed her lover in the chaos at the lab.

I’ll pause a minute here so you can check for such a posting. …

Aberdeen winds up in the fictional small town of Arcadia, which seems to be Central Florida, somewhere north of the theme parks. She becomes a live-in nanny with a single mom. The mom is struggling to raise two small boys on a hospital aide’s salary. As Edie emotionally adopts them, they, in turn, almost literally adopt her. The rhythms of their domesticity allow the novel to examine the nature of family and community.

People aren’t born terrorists. It’s a job you learn. Aberdeen’s political development and growing frustrations with situations that seem immune to change are nicely developed. She’s entirely believable.

She isn’t the only well-drawn character. The novel has several. Mae — she’s the hospital aide — is overweight, overworked and unable to keep a clean house and properly feed and clothe her two young sons. Her ne’er-do-well husband, in and out of jail, is mostly absent. But the emotional carnage he left in the household is present every day. One of the boys doesn’t talk since his father left.

The author tagged him with a terrible name, Vester, which I found annoying. It’s one of those Southern backwoods names that reeks of stereotypes. The meanest country boy I ever met was named Roger.

Mae is a member of a fundamentalist church, whose pastor, the Rev. Reginald Dancer, is trying to salvage his career through a gospel-inspired solar farm. He doesn’t think small, but financial machinations and a declining membership are putting the squeeze on him.

Mae is so insistent that Aberdeen becomes involved in the church, too. One of the nicest scenes in the novel is the church Christmas pageant, which centers on what is called the Living Christmas Tree. The choir stands on scaffolding to project a tree effect. At the top of the tree, just under the roof of the church, stands the star, Edie Aberdeen.

What makes the tree such a rich metaphor is that it echoes an earlier scene in the novel. Aberdeen is a true-blue tree hugger. She camped in the branches of a California redwood in an attempt to prevent the tract from being logged. It ended in disaster, further radicalizing her.

So, when she’s in the Christmas tree, a comic situation, the scene is filled with tension as you remember the earlier tree episode. Fiore deserves a congratulations for bringing this off.

Fiore is communications coordinator of the N.C. Writers Network, based in Carrboro. He holds an M.A. in creative writing from Northwestern and has had several short stories published.

His sentences sound forced at times: “She felt the pavement spin as if she were the handle of a Chinese yo-yo — flimsy and brightly colored paper twirling in a child’s hand.” In another instance, “gliding through intersections like the blade of an ice skate glides across a frozen lake.” He was describing a car.

The annoyances and shortcomings are small. This is a well-written, well-structured novel.

So, can people change? Yes, some can. Some do.

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