Just In Time for Valentine’s Day! Romantic Novel Recommendations from the LRC

Valentine’s Day may be on Sunday, but if you aren’t quite in a festive mood yet, a classic romantic novel from the LRC may be what you need. The books listed below are only a small snapshot of romantic novels that the LRC has in its collection. If you don’t see something you like here, please drop by our fiction section to find a better fit. Happy Reading and Happy Valentine’s Day!

TheLongestRide

From Amazon.com: In the tradition of his beloved first novel, The Notebook, #1 New York Times bestselling author Nicholas Sparks returns with the remarkable story of two couples whose lives intersect in profound and surprising ways.

Ira Levinson is in trouble. Ninety-one years old and stranded and injured after a car crash, he struggles to retain consciousness until a blurry image materializes beside him: his beloved wife Ruth, who passed away nine years ago. Urging him to hang on, she forces him to remain alert by recounting the stories of their lifetime together – how they met, the precious paintings they collected together, the dark days of WWII and its effect on them and their families. Ira knows that Ruth can’t possibly be in the car with him, but he clings to her words and his memories, reliving the sorrows and everyday joys that defined their marriage.

A few miles away, at a local bull-riding event, a Wake Forest College senior’s life is about to change. Recovering from a recent break-up, Sophia Danko meets a young cowboy named Luke, who bears little resemblance to the privileged frat boys she has encountered at school. Through Luke, Sophia is introduced to a world in which the stakes of survival and success, ruin and reward — even life and death – loom large in everyday life. As she and Luke fall in love, Sophia finds herself imagining a future far removed from her plans — a future that Luke has the power to rewrite . . . if the secret he’s keeping doesn’t destroy it first.

Ira and Ruth. Sophia and Luke. Two couples who have little in common, and who are separated by years and experience. Yet their lives will converge with unexpected poignancy, reminding us all that even the most difficult decisions can yield extraordinary journeys: beyond despair, beyond death, to the farthest reaches of the human heart.

MeBeforeYou

From Publishers Weekly: In Moyes’s (The Last Letter from Your Lover) disarmingly moving love story, Louisa Clark leads a routine existence: at 26, she’s dully content with her job at the cafe in her small English town and with Patrick, her boyfriend of six years. But when the cafe closes, a job caring for a recently paralyzed man offers Lou better pay and, despite her lack of experience, she’s hired. Lou’s charge, Will Traynor, suffered a spinal cord injury when hit by a motorcycle and his raw frustration with quadriplegia makes the job almost unbearable for Lou. Will is quick-witted and sardonic, a powerhouse of a man in his former life (motorcycles; sky diving; important career in global business). While the two engage in occasional banter, Lou at first stays on only for the sake of her family, who desperately needs the money. But when she discovers that Will intends to end his own life, Lou makes it her mission to persuade him that life is still worth living. In the process of planning “adventures” like trips to the horse track—some of which illuminate Lou’s own minor failings—Lou begins to understand the extent of Will’s isolation; meanwhile, Will introduces Lou to ideas outside of her small existence. The end result is a lovely novel, both nontraditional and enthralling.

Americanah

From Publishers Weekly: Adichie burst onto the literary scene in 2006 with Half of a Yellow Sun, her searing depiction of the civil war in Nigeria. Her equally compelling and important new novel follows the lives of that country’s postwar generation as they suffer endemic corruption and poverty under a military dictatorship. An unflinching but compassionate observer, Adichie writes a vibrant tale about love, betrayal, and destiny; about racism; and about a society in which honesty is extinct and cynicism is the national philosophy. She broadens her canvas to include both America and England, where she illuminates the precarious tightrope existence of culturally and racially displaced immigrants. The friendship of Ifemelu and Obinze begins in secondary school in Lagos and blossoms into love. When Ifemelu earns a scholarship to an American college, Obinze intends to join her after his university graduation, but he’s denied a U.S. visa. He manages to get to London where his plight is typical of illegal immigrants there: he uses another man’s ID so he can find menial, off-the-grid work, with the attendant loss of dignity and self-respect. The final blow comes when he’s arrested and deported home. Ifemelu, meanwhile, faces the same humiliations, indignities, and privations—first in New York, then in Philadelphia. There, attending college, she’s unable to find a job and descends to a degrading sexual act in order to pay her rent. Later she becomes a babysitter for a wealthy white family and begins writing a provocative blog on being black in America that bristles with sharp, incisive observations about racism. Ifemelu writes that the painful, expensive process of “relaxing” kinky African hair to conform to cultural expectations brings black women dangerously close to self-hatred. In time the blog earns Ifemelu fame and a fellowship to Princeton, where she has love affairs with a wealthy white man and, later, an African-American Yale professor. Her decision to return home to Nigeria (where she risks being designated as an affected “Americanah”) is the turning point of the novel’s touching love story and an illuminating portrait of a country still in political turmoil

Us

From Publishers Weekly: In Nicholls’s (One Day) latest novel, Connie Peterson wakes her husband Douglas in the middle of the night to tell him she may want to end their marriage. The family already has a European trip planned, the last before their son, Albie, leaves their London suburb for college, and Douglas, ever the scientist, hatches a plan to change Connie’s mind: he will ensure their trip becomes an exemplar of the happy family they can be. Working against Douglas is the fact that he and his son have suffered a strained relationship from birth, and that Connie, an artist at heart, believes an organic vacation—one that evolves from the whims of any given day—would be a great improvement over Douglas’s strict, pedantic itineraries. Douglas is an amiably bumbling narrator, and Nicholls convincingly infuses his protagonist’s voice with the dry wit and charm that have served the author so well in his previous books. This is Nicholls’s most ambitious work to date, and his realistically flawed characters are somehow endearing despite the many bruises they inflict upon each other.

What are some of your favorite romantic novels? We’d love to know…please leave a comment!

 


Don’t Miss The LRC’s Black History Film Series!

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The LRC/Library is sponsoring a film festival to honor Black History Month starting next Tuesday, February 9. Come out and enjoy some fresh popcorn while you watch one or all of these great films that highlight the legacy of the African American community.


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Celebrating the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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On Monday, January 18, 2016, we will celebrate the legacy and accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. King was committed to creating a society in which people are judged not by the color of their skin, religion, gender, or socioeconomic standing, but by the content of their hearts and the quality of their character. Coastal Carolina Community College’s Diversity Support Team and Student Government Association will sponsor a ceremony  to commemorate Dr. King at First Presbyterian Church of Jacksonville, from 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m on Monday, January 18. The service project to follow this ceremony will be held at the Horse and Family Institute.

The Learning Resource Center has a variety of resources about Dr. King’s life and legacy. Please come by and check out these following titles. If you would like to place a hold on an item, click the call number to view the catalog record:

Selma Movie

Movie: Selma

Directed by Ava DuVernay

Call No: PN 1997.2 .S463 2015

Autobiography of MLK

Book: The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Edited by Clayborne Carson

Call No: E 185.97 .K5 A52 2001

Becoming King

Book: Becoming King: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Making of a National Leader

By Troy Jackson

Call No: E 185.97 .K5 J343 2008

MLKLandmarkSpeeches

AudioBook:Martin Luther King, Jr. [sound recording] : the essential box set : the landmark speeches and sermons of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

By Martin Luther King, Jr.

Call No: E 185.97 .K5 A5 2009ab


A New Face in the LRC!

NicholeSuperLibrarian

Hello! My name is Nichole Nichols, and I am the new Public Services Librarian at Coastal Carolina Community College. So far I have enjoyed getting to know students, faculty, and staff here at Coastal. I am originally from the Greensboro, NC area and prior to working at Coastal, I was a developmental English and reading teacher and a librarian at Guilford Technical Community College in Jamestown, NC, which is 20 minutes from Greensboro.

In addition to a Master’s degree in Library Studies, which I received at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, I have a Master’s degree in Journalism from Syracuse University and a Bachelor’s degree in English from Hampton University. One of my main dreams is to become a published author of many books, and I am in the process of working on my first novel.

You can look forward to posts from me about new books, events and displays in the library, and a few fun posts about random topics here and there.

Please feel free to come by the reference desk to say hello. I’m happy to be at Coastal and I look forward to assisting you with your research needs, both for academics and life!

Contact me via email or phone: nicholsn@coastalcarolina.edu or 910-938-6239.


Why daylight saving time? When did this practice begin?

Before you go to bed on Saturday night, remember to “fall back” by setting your clocks back one hour. (The exceptions to DST are Arizona, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and American Samoa.)

Credit for Daylight Saving Time belongs to Benjamin Franklin, who first suggested the idea in 1784. The idea was revived in 1907, when William Willett, an Englishman, proposed a similar system in the pamphlet The Waste of Daylight.

The Germans were the first to officially adopt the light-extending system in 1915 as a fuel-saving measure during World War I. The British switched one year later, and the United States followed in 1918, when Congress passed the Standard Time Act, which established our time zones. This experiment lasted only until 1920, when the law was repealed due to opposition from dairy farmers (cows don’t pay attention to clocks).

During World War II, Daylight Saving Time was imposed once again (this time year-round) to save fuel. Since then, Daylight Saving Time has been used on and off, with different start and end dates. Currently, Daylight Saving Time begins at 2:00 A.M. on the second Sunday of March and ends at 2:00A.M. on the first Sunday in November.
(Information from The Old Farmer’s Almanac)

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Welcome, Dana Johnson!

Dana_staff_picWe are happy to introduce our new Public Services Librarian, Dana Johnson, to the LRC team. Dana comes to us from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Library in Wilmington and has had a wealth of reference and educational technology experience in the civilian and military workforce. Dana is eager to assist students and staff with their information needs, so don’t hesitate to stop by her office and ask for her help. It will also give you the opportunity to see her pugs display and if you’re really nice she is known for giving out chocolate!

Dana can be reached at 910-938-6278 or email her at johnsond@coastalcarolina.edu


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