Bestsellers from Books-A-Million for the week of July 11


Here are the top 5 bestsellers from Books-A-Million in Springettsbury Township.

1.       Invisible by James Patterson, HC, $28.00

2.       Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King, HC, $30.00

3.       The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, TP, $12.99

4.       Top Secret Twenty-One (A Stephanie Plum Novel) by Janet Evanovich, $28.00

5.       Wonder by R. J. Palacio, HC, $15.99

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Gettysburg author Jessica James wins Southern Fiction award

Gettysburg author Jessica James is the first two-time winner of the coveted John Esten Cooke Award for Southern Fiction, according to a news release.

James first won the prestigious literary award in 2011 for her Civil War novel “Noble Cause,” the news release said. She will receive the 2014 award for her inspirational novel “Above and Beyond” in mid-July. Both novels are set among the rolling hills of northern Virginia. Continue reading “Gettysburg author Jessica James wins Southern Fiction award” »

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Reading aloud helps children grow

A couple weeks ago, I read a story on the New York Times about the value of reading aloud to children when they’re young. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommended that parents read aloud to children as a “daily fun family activity.”

The article said: Continue reading “Reading aloud helps children grow” »

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Get a free ride on Friday, thanks to York County Libraries

Area residents can get a free rabbittransit bus pass when “Free Ride Friday” returns to York County Libraries on Friday, July 11th, according to a news release.

“It is as simple as going to your local library, finding a book you want to read and when you are checking it out, just mention ‘Free Ride Friday’ to the staff person helping you,” explains Deb Sullivan, community relations director for York County Libraries. “The staff person will give you a rabbitttransit bus pass which you can use at your convenience.”  Continue reading “Get a free ride on Friday, thanks to York County Libraries” »

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Three authors to sign books July 19 at Irvin’s Books

Three authors will hold book signings from noon to 2 p.m. July 19 at Irvin’s Books, 2159 White Street, West York.

Matt Swayne, Rachel Walter and Buffy Andrews will be signing books at that time.
For details, call 717-843-2947 or visit

Irvin’s Books is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

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Kaltreider-Benfer’s Teen Tuesday to discuss, make stained glass

Kaltreider-Benfer Library will be holding a Teen Tuesday event from 2 to 4 p.m. July 15 at Candi Duda Stained Glass Art Studio, 43 North Main Street, Red Lion.

The event is for youths 13 to 18 years old. Participants will be making their own stained glass piece to keep. Registration is required for the event.

To register, call the Kaltreider-Benfer library at 717-244-2032. To learn about more youth events, visit

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Adams County author C. James Gilbert Jr. talks about creating characters for ‘A Darker Shade of Freedom’

By Sarah Chain
For the Daily Record/Sunday News

ADSOF_CoverIf you asked C. James Gilbert Jr. what he likes best about writing, he’d tell you about his characters. Specifically, he might tell you about James Langdon, the son of a cotton plantation owner in Macon, Ga., who has a difficult secret to hide once the Civil War comes to an end.

Langdon leads in “A Darker Shade of Freedom,” the second novel in Gilbert’s trilogy that follows the civil rights struggle of African Americans from the Civil War through the 1960s. It was published May 29 by Sunbury Press in Mechanicsburg.

“I like to create characters, that’s the fun part about writing,” Gilbert said. “You create people and you bring them to life. It’s fun, it’s like you get to know these people.”

“A Darker Shade of Freedom” follows Langdon as he returns to his family’s plantation after fighting for the Union Army and helping slaves to escape. When his loyalty is found out and it becomes clear that Langdon is committed to securing equal rights for former slaves, the Ku Klux Klan threatens to run him out of Georgia. Continue reading “Adams County author C. James Gilbert Jr. talks about creating characters for ‘A Darker Shade of Freedom’” »

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From Page to Projector: ‘I, Robot’

i-robotClassic science-fiction is one of those strange genres of literature that seem to lend well to film adaptations in their imaginative look at the future and what may lie ahead for the human race. However, it is easy for movie-makers to miss the greater points of these literary minds, either through oversimplification of their original stories or a need to attract a certain kind of audience.

Exhibit A: “I, Robot,” a 2004 movie starring Will Smith based on Isaac Asimov’s 1950 novel, the first in his “Robot” series that looked ahead at a future Earth in which humans create artificial intelligence that ends up running the race. The book was a gradual glance over the course of decades at pivotal moments throughout the rise of robotics, intellectually examining the mental capabilities of these machines and pondering just what it means to be human. The movie has Will Smith uncovering a conspiracy to get superpowered robots to seize control of a futuristic Chicago. Something here got lost in translation.

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Comic Book Wednesday: “Not the Israel my parents promised me”

downloadAre you in need of a long summer read? Do you like history, but have a hard time concentrating while reading line after blurry black-and-white line? I have a great comic book for you to read: Harvey Pekar’s “Not the Israel my parents promised me.”

Pekar is well-known as an underground comic book writer and generally creative man. He wrote “American Splendor,” which I reviewed awhile back.

“Not the Israel” is in Pekar’s typical autobiographical storytelling, beginning with introductions of himself as well as JT Waldman, the artist for the comic.

I am a Catholic, but history is history. I don’t think you have to be of a particular denomination or religion to appreciate Pekar’s historical story. In this graphic novel, readers learn about Jewish history outside of the Bible, and even Islamic history and how it ties into the world we know now.

Pekar made his opinions known; he wasn’t a historian and was writing an autobiographical piece. However, he was very proud of his Jewish heritage and it is apparent, as this is one of his last work before he died in 2010.

Pick up Pekar’s book either online or through your local comic book shop.

Comic Book Wednesday is a new feature that will showcase a variety of visually based books that fit into this wide category, to give a taste of this other form of reading.

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Book signing ‘Gettysburg: The Story of the Battle with Maps’ at Pages of the Past Bookstore

gburgEditors M. David Detweiler and David Reisch will lecture and sign copies of their newest Gettysburg title at 6:30 p.m. July 1 at the Pages of the Past Bookstore, 13 Baltimore Street in Gettysburg, according to a news release. The event is part of the anniversary celebrations of the Battle of Gettysburg.

“Gettysburg: The Story of the Battle with Maps” (June 2013), by Stackpole President and CEO M. David Detweiler and Stackpole History Editor David Reisch, is the newest Civil War book available from Stackpole Books. Historian James McPherson has praised it as “the clearest cartographic picture of the battle in existence.” This is the Battle of Gettysburg as never seen before.  A series of 70 full-page color maps shows how the battle unfolded across the entire battlefield from July 1 to 3, 1863, while the text breathes new life into the stories Devil’s Den, Joshua Chamberlain and Little Round Top, Pickett’s Charge, and other important events.  The book has something for everyone and is perfect for introductions to the battle, armchair-general debates, and battlefield tours. Continue reading “Book signing ‘Gettysburg: The Story of the Battle with Maps’ at Pages of the Past Bookstore” »

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