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New Shipment of Wines from Raffaldini and Divine Llama!!!! :)

We just received a shipment of wines from Raffaldini Vineyards. We now have in stock the following: Pinot Grigio, Vermintino, Sangiovese Riserva, Muntepulciano, La Dolce Vita, Frizdante, Bella Misto, Miscela de Vigna. Come and get ’em!

We also restocked on Divine Llama. We now have Cabernet Franc, In a Heartbeat and the Chardonnay back in stock.

Of course we have a great selection from all our other vineyards as well! Salute!

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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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New Arrival at Barnhill’s: Over Her Dead Body by Karen Vaughn

 Over Her Dead Body Author: Karen Vaughan Reviewed by Fran Lewis

Just how far would you go to keep your man? To what lengths would an over the hill, used up pushing forty year old due to keep her hot 84 year old husband of more than 20 years? After all he is rich, gives her all the perks she wants and for that she keeps him relatively happy if you know what I mean. So, why would she be jealous of an octogenarian old woman who is friends with her husband? Ethel Peterson had an untimely death. Well, not really she had some help. Someone came into her apartment and beat her over the head with a bat. From the prologue of the story we learn that someone was paid one million dollars to rid the world of this lovely lady. But, just who and why remains to be seen. From the talented author of Dead On Arrival where our main character Laura comes home and finds a dead coworker in her living room comes another hilarious murder filled with twists, mayhem, wild and zany characters and two building supers that play sleuth to help solve the case. Once again author Karen Vaughan delivers a first rate mystery. Ethel is gone but her family does not seem to care. Or do they? Coming to see her affects and check out what needs to be done, her niece Adrianna shows no emotion and just wants to be done with anything related to poor Ethel. Laura is more than upset at this girls unacceptable behavior and can’t imagine why she treated the incident and Ethel like yesterday’s trash. But, there is much more as we meet Sanford Brown who has a special interest in this case and who adored Ethel. Well, wife Leena who is tons years his junior, does not like and did not like the relationship and who will do anything to keep her rich sugar daddy. But, would she commit murder? Just as Laura and her live in boyfriend Gerry begin cleaning out apartments, dealing with Ethel’s death several incidents happen letting the reader know that someone is not happy that she is snooping around and someone just might get hurt. Her car is vandalized, her boyfriend is injured and someone on the phone verbally threatens her but she thinks she knows who that might be. Added to that to make matters even worse her ex-husband is hired by the owners of the restaurant where she works as the cook. Dealing with that and much more Laura surely needs more than just a hug from Gerry and support from her friends and family. So, what will happen when wife Leena learns that Sandy is about to try and cut her loose? What will be the killer’s next move? Things get complicated as Gerry is injured, Laurie’s car is vandalized, Sandy is shot and one loony tune wife is on the run or just out there causing more havoc than she is worth. Let’s not forget sister Jackie who has issues with Leena of her own. Added to that Jackie and her father are definitely two of a kind and have a borderline personality that tips in the wrong direction when crossed. Did Leena pay someone with her father’s money to off poor Ethel? Just how far would this lunatic go before more bodies are found? If Laura did not have enough trouble she relates to the reader how her ex-husband is having trouble with his parents and his new boyfriend who is pressuring him to make a permanent commitment. Sandy relates how Leena followed him to the Senior Center and demanded his drop poor Ethel? Poor Detective Gibbons never knew what hit him when Laura came to live in his town and poor Gerry is getting fed up with her playing amateur detective. Poor Laura can’t seem to win and she is getting it from all sides. Added to that a star witness is murdered, the sister needs protection, security has to be beefed up at Sandy’s and Laura now needs a police escort. What will happen next? When will the nightmare be over and will they ever be able to prove who killed Ethel and why? Then Laura and Jackie are kidnapped and taken to stand trial. Wait until you find out who the judge is. Threatening to shoot jurors, kill Laura and Jackie will anyone find them before it’s too late? With an ending that will keep you guessing, laughing and definitely in suspense author Karen Vaughn once again delivers a wild and zany mystery with characters that are so unique and different you hope they come back for more. Will poor Laura ever go home and not find herself smack dab in the middle of a murder? Will they remain where they are or will they decide to move? Will Gerry and Laura ever tie the knot? What happens to Leena will endear you not only to the police department but to Sandy, Laura, Jackie and of course Gerry in more ways than one. What happens when a woman decides no one is going to take her man? What really happened to Ethel and how many people were involved in her murder? That is something I promised Gerry, Laura and Office Gibbons I would never divulge. After all: They still have to bring the culprit to trial. What is next for Laura and Gerry? Let’s hope author Karen Vaughan has more mysteries, plots, murders and excitement in store for our two favorite supers, amateur sleuth and of course readers. What happens at the end to prove that Adrianna might not be so cold and that she just might have loved her aunt? Find out for yourself when you read this great book.

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Victoria Christopher Murray Book Signing

Title: Victoria Christopher Murray-author visit
  Date: Jun 28, 2011
  Time: 5:00 PM
  Calendar: Library: Carver School Road
  Contact: Carver Branch Lib
  Description: 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.”
  Location: Carver Branch Library

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Now available through Barnhills: The Modern American Wine Industry by Ian M. Taplin

The Modern American Wine Industry:

Market Formation and Growth in North Carolina


Ian M Taplin
Studies in Business History

Hb: 224pp: February 2011
978 1 84893 136 7: 234x156mm: £60.00/$99.00
E ISBN   978 1 84893 137 4

This study is both a history of the American wine industry and an examination of its current structure and performance. In analysing market formation, Taplin focuses on a complex network of winery owners, winemakers and grape growers to see how relationships have shaped the evolution of this sector.

North Carolina has seen some of the fastest growth in the American wine industry over recent years. In an area experiencing a general downturn in employment, the wine industry has created a new entrepreneurial spirit. Taplin looks at the importance of networks in this development, drawing conclusions of wider socio-economic significance

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This week at Barnhills

Whew what a weekend.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who suffered during the violent storms this past weekend.

We had a great week at Barnhills until the storms hit.  On Friday, Westbend Vineyards was here offering FREE tastings of their Riesling, Carolina Blush and Chambourin.  They also brought a fabulous white wine cake (made with Riesling).  They left the recipe for the white wine cake and a delicious sounding red wine cake also!  On Saturday, Anna Jean Mayhew, author of The Dry Grass of August, was here reading from and signing copies of her book.  A very intense look into family dynamics during the racially turbulent 50’s.    On Sunday, local cookbook author, Elizabeth Wiegand was here with her latest book, The New Blue Ridge cookbook.  It is full of wonderful recipes and interesting tidbits of the western part of NC.  Elizabeth brought for sampling her goat cheese/artichoke heart dip and an Apple Spice Cake – both were DIVINE!!!!

This coming week, local author Maggie Bishop will be here on Saturday reading from and signing copies of her books, including Perfect for Framing the second in her Appalachian Adventure/Mystery Series.

We will be closed on Easter Sunday.

Don’t forget we have a HUGE selection of autographed books available.  Hope to see you at Barnhills soon!

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This week at Barnhills

Whew, it’s been a busy few weeks which is why I haven’t posted in a while.  Our 1st Anniversary celebration was awesome!!!!  Thanks to all the vineyards who participated and congrats to all who won prizes.

Last week we had Mary Noble Jones in doing a children’s reading from her Itsy Rabbit series (she will be back on May 5th at 4pm). Shadowfax Sound played here on Friday – they were awesome as usual.  Saturday Kathryn Fisher was here reading from and signing copies of her books Up A Tree with Tattie Wee (a memoir) and One Forgotten Summer (fiction).  Check out FB and our YouTube account to see her reading soon.  Sunday, T.L. Bailey was here reading from her second book, Island of Lost Guardians.

This coming week will be just as busy.  On  Friday, WestBend Vineyard will be here offering FREE tastings of their Riesling, Chambourcin and Carolina Blush.  They will also be bringing a cake made with the Riesling and the recipe!!!

On Saturday, local children’s author, Linda Greene Dean, will be here at 11am to read from her book – Wally Rooster’s Big Move.  A charming story about moving and making new friends.

Also on Saturday, Anna Jean Mayhew will be here reading from and signing copies of her debut novel, The Dry Grass of August.  A beautifully written book about complicated family relationships set int eh south in the 1950’s.

Then on Sunday, local cookbook author, Elizabeth Wiegand, will be here with her latest book, The New Blue Ridge Cookbook (reviewed by Michael Hastings in the WS Journal).  She will also be bringing samples of some of the recipes.

As you can see the upcoming week has a little something going on for everyone in the family, so stop by soon & check us out.

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