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All Woman and Springtime - Brandon W. Jones
Call Number: ONLINE: Home Grown eBooks
ISBN: 9781616202767
Publication Date: 2013
Before she met Il-sun in an orphanage, Gi was a hollow husk of a girl, broken from growing up in one of North Korea’s forced-labor camps. A mathematical genius, she learned to cope with pain by retreating into a realm of numbers and calculations, an escape from both the past and the present. Gi becomes enamored of the brash and radiant Il-sun, a friend she describes as “all woman and springtime.” But Il-sun’s pursuit of a better life imperils both girls when her suitor spirits them across the Demilitarized Zone and sells them as sex workers, first in South Korea and then in the United States.

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Guests on Earth - Lee Smith
Call Number: ONLINE: Home Grown eBooks
ISBN: 9781616203801
Publication Date: 2014
It’s 1936 when orphaned 13-year-old Evalina Toussaint is admitted to Highland Hospital, a mental institution in Asheville, North Carolina, known for its innovative treatments for nervous disorders and addictions. Taken under the wing of the hospital’s most notable patient, Zelda Fitzgerald, Evalina witnesses cascading events that lead up to the tragic fire of 1948 that killed nine women in a locked ward, Zelda among them. Author Lee Smith has created, through a seamless blending of fiction and fact, a mesmerizing novel about a world apart—in which art and madness are luminously intertwined.

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Purple Hibiscus - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Call Number: ONLINE: Home Grown eBooks
ISBN: 9781616202415
Publication Date: 2012
15-year-old Kambili and her older brother Jaja lead a privileged life in Enugu, Nigeria. They live in a beautiful house, with a caring family and attend an exclusive missionary school. They're completely shielded from the troubles of the world. Yet, as Kambili reveals in her tender-voiced account, things are less perfect than they appear. Although her Papa is generous and well respected, he is fanatically religious and tyrannical at home—a home that is silent and suffocating.

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Running the Rift - Naomi Benaron
Call Number: ONLINE: Home Grown eBooks
ISBN: 1616201940
Publication Date: 2012
Running the Rift follows the progress of Jean Patrick Nkuba from the day he knows that running will be his life to the moment he must run to save his life. A naturally gifted athlete, he sprints over the thousand hills of Rwanda and dreams of becoming his country’s first Olympic medal winner in track. But Jean Patrick is a Tutsi in a world that has become increasingly restrictive and violent for his people. As tensions mount between the Hutu and Tutsi, he holds fast to his dream that running might deliver him, and his people, from the brutality around them.

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The Girl Who Fell from the Sky - Heidi W. Durrow
Call Number: ONLINE: Home Grown eBooks
ISBN: 9781565126800
Publication Date: 2010
Rachel, the daughter of a Danish mother and a black G.I., becomes the sole survivor of a family tragedy after a fateful morning on their Chicago rooftop.

Forced to move to a new city, with her strict African American grandmother as her guardian, Rachel is thrust for the first time into a mostly black community, where her light brown skin, blue eyes and beauty bring a constant stream of attention her way. It’s there, as she grows up and tries to swallow her grief, that she comes to understand how the mystery and tragedy of her mother might be connected to her own uncertain identity.

 

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North Carolina Craft Brew and Breweries - Erik Lars Myers
Call Number: ONLINE: Home Grown eBooks
ISBN: 9780895875716
Publication Date: 2012
In North Carolina Craft Beer & Breweries, Erik Lars Myers profiles 45 brewpubs and breweries statewide, providing useful details like location and contact information, tour times and hours of operation, and the breweries’ regular lineups of beers and seasonal releases. Myers relates each brewery’s history and the vision of its founders. Most importantly, he shares its story, showing how it offers something different or unique. Sidebars about festivals, bottle shops, and other beer-related features—like hop farms, cideries, and meaderies—show how craft beer is a growing and thriving industry in North Carolina.

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A Very Mutinous People - Noeleen McIlvenna
Call Number: ONLINE: Home Grown eBooks
ISBN: 9780807832868
Publication Date: 2009
Making their way through the Great Dismal Swamp, runaway servants from Virginia joined other renegades to establish a free society along the most inaccessible Atlantic coastline of North America. They created a new community on the banks of Albemarle Sound, maintaining peace with neighboring Native Americans, upholding the egalitarian values of the English Revolution and ignoring the laws of the mother country.

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Conjoined Twins - Christine Quigley
Call Number: ONLINE: Home Grown eBooks
ISBN: 078642852X
Publication Date: 2006
This encyclopedia presents entries on conjoined twins throughout history, the biological causes and effects of twins being born conjoined and ethical issues such as self-support and separation surgery. It also includes entries on the modern standardized terminology used when discussing conjoined twins, the categories into which conjoined twins have been sorted, doctors past and present who have performed separation surgeries and hospitals, such as Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, that are known for the separation of conjoined twins.

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Hiking North Carolina's National Forests - Johnny Molloy
Call Number: ONLINE: Home Grown eBooks
ISBN: 9781469611679
Publication Date: 2014
North Carolina's 1.2 million acres of national forestland are some of our state's most distinctive and botanically diverse areas. Veteran nature writer Johnny Molloy welcomes you to enjoy these beautiful and often surprising wild areas, guiding you safely there and back again. Molloy renders the sometimes primitive trails accessible to both beginner and more intrepid hikers, from families with small children to dedicated wilderness wanderers. Spotlighting the best hikes in all four of North Carolina's national forests—Nantahala, Pisgah, Uwharrie and Croatan, ranging from the mountains to the coast—this book includes some of the state's most heralded destinations and invites you to explore many lesser-known gems.

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The Warsaw Underground - Jan Rosinski; Richard Hile
Call Number: ONLINE: Home Grown eBooks
ISBN: 9780786476930
Publication Date: 2013
The German invasion of Poland in September 1939 abruptly ended author Jan Rosinski’s student life and propelled him into an activist role in the Polish resistance organization Armia Krajowa. In short order, he became a talented forger of Nazi documents, especially travel papers that allowed many refugees to escape the city. His university studies in chemistry and physics created a role for him as an effective saboteur. Narrowly escaping death on several occasions, he was fearless in his pursuits.

His dislike of the Nazi leadership was exceeded by an even greater hatred of the Soviet Army as it invaded Poland from the East less than a month later. Poland would be sealed off from the West for 50 years. Rosinski’s travails as a POW in Germany eventually led him to the Allied forces in Germany; the U.S. became the beneficiary of his brilliant discoveries in atmospheric science. Jan was accompanied on his life’s journey by his wife Barbara (d. 1993), who served as a medical officer in the underground army; Jan died in 2012.

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