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Water has its own archaeology, not a layering but a leveling, and thus is truer to our sense of the past, because what is memory but near and far events spread and smoothed beneath the present’s surface.

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Book Review: Serena

Ron Rash’s Serena artfully captures the beauty and brutality of life in the Smoky Mountains in the early 1930s. The novel provides historical perspective on the clash between business interests and environmentalism that still runs hot today. 342 more words


The Worst Books to Read on Valentine's Day

Happy relationships don’t make for good fiction. Shakespeare knew this. Tolstoy knew this. In fact, other than a few Romantics between 1800 and 1850, writers are particularly well-versed in how quickly love can turn to mutual assured destruction. 616 more words


Four Books that Lasted All of 2015: #1

With this four-part post (one per day for the rest of this week) I think I will finally have caught up on the 2015 reads I needed to review. 654 more words

Fiction Reviews

Reading Rash

by Devon Evans,
LBPH Librarian

I’ll tell you a secret. I don’t really like reading regular, contemporary fiction. A joke around the library is that I only read books with dragons and unicorns. 479 more words

Above the Waterfall by Ron Rash

This a story of ways of life coming into conflict—old vs new, poor vs wealthy, nature vs development. It is a common theme for stories set in the mountains, with nature such a dominant element. 229 more words

Book Review

Serena by Ron Rash

“Others can make us vulnerable and the sooner such vulnerabilities are dealt with the better.”

As much as I love a good traditional romance, a story of great love gone wrong always seems to be the type that can truly draw me in. 591 more words