Library boasts good reads about brave soldiers

Published 2:35 pm Friday, May 27, 2011

Kevin Pearcey
Director, Greenville-Butler County Public Library

Come Monday we’ll honor those that gave their lives for us to enjoy our freedom. The library has several excellent reads about our brave soldiers and the battles they fought, both fictional and non-fictional.

One of the more excellent pieces of fiction about war published in the last 20 years or so is Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried.

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You won’t find O’Brien on any bestseller lists because he’s been classified as “literature” in the American Canon. Which is to say that The Things They Carried is book with meaning, one written by a Vietnam veteran trying to come to terms with war that cost his generation so much. Twenty-two intertwined short stories that are beautifully written, yet hauntingly sad.

Of course, in military non-fiction, the late Stephen Ambrose has no equal. Books available here by the famed historian include: Band of Brothers, D-Day, June 6, 1944, The Victors, and The Wild Blue.


The library has joined with the Greenville-Area Chamber of Commerce to host a special After Hours event on June 16 at The Camellia Pavilion starting at 5 p.m. If you haven’t had a chance to do so, come out then and see the new addition to our grounds. Montgomery author K.T. Archer will be signing copies of her new book, The Silver Spoon. This is the first of many such partnerships bringing authors and other artists to Greenville.


Now available: Sixkill by Robert Parker; Buried Prey by John Sandford; Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse) by Charlaine Harris; Rogue Warrior: Domino Theory by Richard Marcinko; The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan; A Time for Patriots by Dale Brown.


Books arriving the week of June 6 include: Bloodmoney by David Ignatius; Hit List by Laurell K. Hamilton; Murder One by Robert Dugoni; Outrage by Robert K. Tanenbaum; Summer Rental by Mary Kay Andrews; State of Wonder by Ann Patchett; The Kingdom by Clive Cussler; Demonic: How the Liberal Mob is Endangering America by Ann Coulter.

Books arriving the week of June 19 include: Bones of a Feather by Carolyn Haines; Buried Secrets by Joseph Finder; Disturbance by Jan Burke; Fallen by Karin Slaughter; Heat Wave by Nancy Thayer; Smokin’ Seventeen by Janet Evanovich; The Devil Colony by James Rollins; Against All Enemies by Tom Clancy.

Books arriving the week of June 27: Now You See Her by James Patterson; Money Can’t Buy Love by Connie Briscoe; Blood of the Reich by William Dietrich.

Please call the library at 382-3216 in advance to ensure the new books are available or to have your name placed on the reserved list.