On April 15, 2012, it will have been 100 years since Titanic sank. Titanic set sail with 2,228 passengers and crew. Only 705 Titanic people survived.
This is the story of one of its passengers, Lily and her family. They are traveling first class with their servants and the family dog, Khloe. Lily is a rambunctious little girl that is always looking for adventure! While on board, Lily meets a little red-haired girl, name Katy Grace. Katy is traveling from Ireland with her aunt’s family to America. Katy recently lost her parents and even though her Aunt took her in, she is not welcome. Lily and Katy become quick friends and enjoy having the run of the ship. Lily’s Father was one of the designers of the Titanic and worked for Harland and Wolff, so Lily knows all about the ship from him.
Will Lily’s family survive the sinking?
Will Katy’s spiteful family survive or will an unfortunate fate place her in the care of a family that she longs for so desperately?
Jamie will be at Barnhill’s on Saturday, April 21st from 11-1 reading from and signing copies of her book.
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.
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)
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!
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In 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.
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.
Don’t be fooled by the scenic beauty of North Carolina’s Piedmont Triad–the ghosts of the past haunt these rolling hills and unique cities. From the smallpox-stricken ghost that haunts Salem Tavern in Winston-Salem to the slain Revolutionary War soldiers who linger in the park surrounding Guilford Courthouse in Greensboro, these phantoms all have a tale to tell. Some ghosts even support education. Take Jane, the lonely spinster who haunts Aycock Auditorium at the UNC Greensboro campus, or Herschel, High Point University’s ghost of the former Memorial Theater. And though Spookywoods Haunted Attraction in Kersey Valley often frightens and astounds, some of the resident ghosts aren’t just special effects. Join Camel City Spirit Seekers Michael Renegar and Amy Spease as they reveal the eerie and chilling stories from the heart of the Piedmont.
The time has gone so fast. Ten years feel like two. Seventy-five years of teaching feel like only a few. The children are still teaching me something every day… I think I must have taught at least a million students.
I’m going to keep on teach until Somebody rings the bell!
To all my students, past and present, I say, “Thank you! And let’s keep dancing!”
Iredell County North Carolina detective Marci McLeod and her artist husband Jake are back, along with the same delightful cast of characters from Ketchie’s first novel, Little Did They Know. This time they are joined by Meredith, the McLeods’ four-year-old daughter. While Marcie is tracking a vicious killer who is wreaking havoc in and around the picturesque town of Love Valley, a lookalike stranger compounds the detective’s challenges. The killer is no mastermind, but he possesses enough animal cunning and cold-blooded ruthlessness to make catching him a difficult and dangerous proposition. Marci, good cop, wife, mother in equal measure, struggles to keep work and personal life balanced. Ketchie uses North Carolina’s Love Valley –where Old West ambiance allows only horses and horse drawn vehicles on the streets–and some of its real life residents to create a true to life backdrop for the action.
She’s a prohibited artist playing a dangerous game. Rebecca, the youngest daughter on a homestead in the 1800s, has little business trying to get at the conclusions she draws. She learns two things: how wrong she is and an even-so love. Set among the early Moravians in North Carolina.
This Romeo/Juliet story set in the mountains of Virginia in the 1870s depicts a life and time largely forgotten now. Jimmie Sue, a white farm boy, and Madeleen, a colored sharecropper girl, although mutually attracted to each other, must deal with a greater obstacle than having different family names, such as the Capulets and Montagues in Shakespeare. Jimmie Sue was not so interested in a sheet of paper to certify their relationship, but Madeleen would have no part of an arrangement that was not “blessed of the Lord.” Their shared experiences in the fields, the churches, the baptism creek give them many contact opportunities, which are duly celebrated yet constantly thwarted. Although the focus is on these two teenagers, the story gives some insight into the post-civil war racial relationships in the mountains… quite different from the more normally accepted tales of the plantations.
This week’s class is the awaited red wine. We still have a few stops open. Class is 6:30-8.
We received new art All About Wine come in to see these outstanding works.
Giving away free books.
Starting Oct 1st we are giving away a book a week. Must come in to enter.
We will continue the giveaway as long as there is a book in the pile!
Teen girls are welcome to come meet national bestselling author, Victoria Christopher Murray on Tuesday, June 28th at 5 PM. Victoria Christopher Murray is the author of a series of YA books entitled The DIVAs. Four teenage girls, Diamond, India, Veronique, and Aaliyah, “who sing to glorify God and are hoping for a little fame as well.”
Whew! Last week was busssy! Terri Kirby Erickson was here on Thursday reading from her latest book, In the Palms of Angels – thank you Terri! On Friday, children’s author, Laura Alston was here for storytime. On Saturday, atty/writer Sean Keefer was here reading from and signing copies of his book, The Trust. And on sunday, local author, Carolyn Peterson was here reading from and signing copies of her book, Fishing for Memories – a touching story about Alzheimer’s.
This week we will be almost as busy! On Friday, Iron Gate Winery will be here offering FREE tastings of their unique wines.
On Saturday, local children’s author Ross Mihalko will be here reading from and signing copies of his book, The Caterpillar’s Wings, at 11am.
Then starting at 2pm, author Jo Maeder will be reading from and signing copies of her book, When I Married My Mother – a touching tribute to her mother. This books was featured on the AOL homepage for Mother’s Day.
Then on Sunday we have a bookclub meeting here. FYI, we also have room for bookclubs – just call us and reserve your time.
Please check out our website at www.onlyatbarnhills.com for a complete listing of events. Have you hugged your favorite book lately???? 🙂