I really don’t know how much work John Grisham puts into his novels, but his writing style is effortless and simply seductive. You start reading a few pages, thinking, “eh, could be an OK book,” and 100 pages later you’re gripped by the characters, the plot, the sheer marvelous story crafted by the Mississippi-lawyer-turned-brand-name-author.

Such is Bleachers (2004).Bleachers_(novel)

I am by no means a devourer of Grisham. Those who anxiously await his latest book release, read it, and wait again. I believe I picked up Bleachers because someone mentioned it was about football in the south and it was by an author not known – at the time – for writing on the subject. Grisham, of course, made his name in legal thrillers that go on to be made into movies starring Matthew McConaughey (A Time to Kill), Tom Cruise (The Firm), and Matt Damon, (The Rainmaker). Bleachers, then, is a rare departure.

Bleachers is the story of Neely Crenshaw, former star quarterback for Messina High School, who returns home 15 years after the end of his high school career to bury his old coach, Eddie Rake. Rake, who was 418-62 as a head coach with 13 state titles, casts a long shadow across the lives of his former players, both as a tyrant and father-figure. Neely and the men who gather for the funeral must come to terms with their own past relationship with Coach Rake, a man who they loved and hated.

What better way to prepare for football season? At just 242-pages, you can have Bleachers read before the first game kicks off.

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Stan the Man says “Sign Up in September!”

by gbcpl on August 12, 2014

Stan_Lee_PSA_336x280Every parent wants their child to succeed, and one of the simplest ways you can ensure your child’s academic success is by making a quick trip to the library. September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the Greenville-Butler County Public Library joins with the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide to make sure that every student has the most important school supply of all – a free library card.

Resources at the GBCPL are available to anyone who has a library card. Students can turn to the library for materials, programs and services that support academic achievement.  The library offers an expansive collection (nearly 50,000 books, DVDs, audio CDs and tapes), plus a host of reference materials on various topics including English, science, mathematics, history, astronomy and more. The library also has free wireless Internet access as well as 10 public computer workstations installed with Microsoft Word, Powerpoint and Excel software.

Students can use their library cards from home, too. Our library offers important educational resources, like Mango languages (free language software featuring over 60 languages), the Testing & Education Reference Center and educational databases provided by the state library service including Homework Alabama (free tutoring for homework) and the Alabama Virtual Library. The GBCPL also has eBooks available for download.

For more information on how to sign up for a library card, visit the Greenville-Butler County Public Library or call 334-382-3216.

Old Reads That Are Good: McCarthy’s Pretty, Pretty Horses

August 7, 2014

All The Pretty Horses (1992) has been on the reading lists of high schools and colleges for some time so you hardly need your friendly neighborhood librarian to tell you it’s a good book. The U.S. National Book Award? Won it. National Book Critics Circle Award? Won it. So, yep, good book. The thing about […]

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3rd Annual Star Wars Day is Saturday!

July 29, 2014

Call it Star Wars Day: Episode III. The Greenville-Butler County Public Library continues with what has become a popular event for the public on Saturday. The third annual Star Wars Day starts at 11:30 a.m. at the library. SCHEDULE OF EVENTS The doors to the library’s Community Room will open at 11:30 a.m. where children […]

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