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New books at Hickmans Crossroads Library
The following new books are now available at Hickmans Crossroads Library:
“Hit Me” by Lawrence Block. With a new wife and a baby on the way, Keller, a.k.a. Nicholas Edwards, is done killing people for money until a phone call from Dot draws him back into the old game.
“The Uninvited Guest” by Sadie Jones. While fighting to save their family home, Charlotte prepares for an elaborate birthday celebration for her daughter Emerald, an event that unexpectedly turns into a dramatic evening that forever changes all of their lives.
“Cage of Bones” by Tania Carver. As a building awaits demolition, a horrifying discovery is made inside the basement: a cage made of human bones, with a terrified, feral child lurking within.
“The Painted Girls” by Cathy Marie Buchanan. In belle époque Paris, the Van Goethem sisters struggle for survival after the sudden death of their father, a situation that prompts young Marie’s ballet training and her introduction to a genius painter.
“Wedding Cake Killer” by Livia Washburn. When Eve Turner’s new husband turns up dead shortly after the honeymoon, Phyllis Newsome, Eve’s friend who hosted the wedding and baked the sumptuous three-tiered cake, must investigate to clear the bride.
“The Untold History of the United States” by Oliver Stone. A companion to the 10-part documentary series outlines provocative arguments against official American historical records to reveal the origins of conservatism and the obstacles to progressive change.
“Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die: Musings from the Road” by Willie Nelson. America’s greatest traveling bard Willie Nelson muses about the things that are most important to him and celebrates the family, friends, and colleagues who have blessed his remarkable journey.
“Destiny of the Republic” by Candice Millard. A tale of madness, medicine, and the murder of a president.
“Red Blood, Black Sand: Fighting alongside John Basilone from Boot Camp to Iwo Jima” by Chuck Tatum. A former marine and World War II veteran describes what it was like to train under and fight alongside Congressional Medal of Honor winner John Basilone during the battle of Iwo Jima.
“Day of Honey: A Memoir of Food, Love and War” by Annia Ciezadlo. A beautifully written, fiercely intelligent memoir exploring the heightened meaning of cooking during wartime.
“The Glitter and the Gold: The American Duchess in her own Words” by Consuelo Vanderbilt Balsan. A new edition of Consuelo Vanderbilt Balsan’s memoir. The story of the “real” Lady Grantham of Downton Abbey.
“Friendkeeping” by Julie Klam. The author examines friendship in all its modern varieties, both online and in person, and explores how to keep friends in the face of intimidating odds.
“An Invisible Thread” by Laura Schroff and Alex Tresniowski. The true story of an 11-year-old panhandler, a busy sales executive, and an unlikely meeting with destiny.

Easter egg hunts planned in Oak Island
The Oak Island Parks and Recreation Department is sponsoring Easter egg hunts March 22, 23 and 30.
On Friday, March 22, an adult Easter egg hunt is planned at the Teen Center beginning at 8:30 p.m. Cost is $5 per person.
On Saturday, March 23, a teen and pre-teen Easter egg hunt will take place at the Teen Center at 1 p.m.
Pre-registration is required for both hunts. Call 278-6552 or 278-5518 for more information.
The annual Easter egg hunt at Bill Smith Park on Fish Factory Road begins promptly at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 30, for ages 10 and younger. There will be hunts for children 3 and younger, 4 to 6 years of age and 7 to 10-year-olds.

Intermittent lane closures on Cape Fear Memorial Bridge
Bridge maintenance work will result in intermittent closures of the right lanes of the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge on U.S. 17/76/421 during overnight hours from Sunday, March 24, through Wednesday, March 27.
N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT) crews will be doing welding on the bridge deck from 9 p.m.-5 a.m. each day. Motorists are urged to use care in the area and leave early to allow extra time to reach their destination.
For real-time travel information at any time, call 511, visit www.ncdot.gov/travel or follow NCDOT on Twitter at www.ncdot.gov/travel/twitter.
Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website. To access it, type “m.ncdot.gov” into the browser of your smartphone. Then, bookmark it to save for future reference. NCDOT Mobile is compatible with the iPhone, Android and some newer Blackberry phones.

Hospice to host program on illness
Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter ill present “Coping with Advanced Illness,” a free one-session Brunswick Community College community service workshop, from 1-2:30 p.m. April 11 at the main campus, April 18 at the Leland campus, and April 25 at the South Brunswick Island Center.
Helping loved ones cope with the ramifications of an advanced illness is one of life’s biggest challenges.
Knowledge and awareness of supporting resources can make a huge difference in the daily quality of life for those whose lives are drawing to an end.
Hospice care offers highly specialized medical care and support–physically, emotionally and spiritually. This workshop will teach participants about the multifaceted aspects of a strong hospice program, when it is appropriate, and what to look for in a hospice provider.
Children with elderly parents living far away, friends seeing friends struggle to care for a family member, or individuals wanting to know about their own options for remaining independent and having an end of life journey that is of the highest quality possible, will want to attend.
For more information and to register, call (910) 755-7378.

New books at Hickmans Crossroads Library
The following new books are now available at Hickmans Crossroads Library:
“Calculated in Death” by J.D. Robb. When Marta Dickenson, a well-off accountant and a beloved wife and mother, is murdered, Lt. Eve Dallas immerses herself in her billionaire husband Roarke’s world of big business to discover who arranged a hit on an innocent woman.
“Benediction” by Kent Haruf. A terminally ill cancer patient is attended throughout his final days by his wife and daughter while the trio contemplates their relationships with an estranged son, a situation that stirs up painful memories for a new next-door neighbor who has recently lost her mother.
“Red Velvet Cupcake Murder” by Joanne Fluke. When one of her famous Red Velvet cupcakes is thought to have caused the death of her rival Hannah Swensen becomes the unlikely suspect in a murder investigation and must whip up the real killer before someone else gets iced.
“Nothing Gold Can Stay” by Ron Rash. In the title story, two drug-addicted friends return to the farm where they worked as boys to steal their boss’ unusual but valuable war trophies. In “The Trusty,” a convict sent to fetch water tries to sweet talk a farmer’s young wife into helping him escape, only to find she too is imprisoned in her own way.
“God: A Story of Revelation” by Deepak Chopra. The New York Times bestselling author explores the evolution of God. By capturing the lives of 10 historical prophets, saints, mystics and martyrs who are touched by a divine power, Chopra reveals a riveting portrait of a constantly changing God.
“All Things New” by Lynn Austin Josephine. Weatherly struggles to pick up the pieces of her life when her family returns to their Virginia plantation, but the realities of life after the war cannot be denied.
“The Lawgiver” by Herman Wouk. Margo Solovei, a brilliant young writer/director, has rejected her rabbinical father’s strict Jewish upbringing to pursue a career in the arts. When an Australian multi-billionaire promises to finance a movie about Moses if the script meets certain standards, Margo does everything she can to land the job.
“In Sunlight and in Shadow” by Mark Helprin. Returning home after serving in World War II to run his family business in New York, paratrooper Harry Copeland falls in love with young singer and heiress Catherine Thomas Hale, who risks everything to break off her engagement to another man.
“The Dash Diet Weight Loss Solution: 2 Weeks to Drop Pounds, Boost Metabolism, and Get Healthy” by Marla Heller, M.S.
“20,000 Days and Counting: The Crash Course for Mastering Your Life Right Now” by Robert D. Smith.
“The Diabetes-Friendly Kitchen” by Jennifer Stack, M.S. This is not another diabetic cookbook. It is a book with recipes and cooking tips to improve your blood glucose control and reduce your risk for heart disease while still honoring your love for food.
“Remembrances of Wars Past” by Henry Tonn. Award-winning writers provide images of war spanning 150 years, from the American Civil War to the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

New books at Rourk Branch Library
The following books are now available at Rourk Branch Library in Shallotte. Reviews are courtesy of Friends of the Library.
“Sweet Tea Revenge” by Laura Childs. This Tea Shop mystery includes recipes and teatime tips.
“The Striker” by Clive Cussler. Detective Isaac Bell returns in a remarkable new adventure.
“What Darkness Brings” by C.S. Harris. The death of a notorious London diamond merchant draws the aristocratic investigator Sebastian St. Cyr and his new wife into a sordid world of greed, desperation and the occult.
“The Chance” by Karen Kingsbury. A heartwarming story about childhood friends, broken lives and a long-ago promise that just might offer the hope of love for today.
“Gotcha” by Fern Michaels. In her much loved N.Y. Times bestselling Sisterhood series, Michaels proves that payback is worth waiting for.
“The Boyfriend” by Thomas Perry. This is a great book with a plot so gripping you won’t be able to put it down.
“Damascus Count Down” by Joel C. Rosenberg. An adrenaline-charged political thriller.
“Bad Blood” by Dana Stabenow. The latest Kate Shugah novel will keep readers guessing from the riveting first chapter to the shocking conclusion.
“Night Moves” by Randy Wayne White. An assassin is on the loose in this stunning new Doc Ford novel.

Hospice to present grief program
Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter will present “Living With Grief,” a growth and education group for adults coping with grief, from 2-4 p.m. Thursdays, April 4 through May 9, at Seaside United Methodist Church in Sunset Beach, and from 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays, April 9 through May 14, at SECU Hospice House of Brunswick, 955 Mercy Lane, off the 900 block of Old Ocean Hwy. in Bolivia.
Programs are designed to provide grief education and support that enable participants to work through grief. Discussions include the phases of grief, the grieving process, and other areas of concern for participants. Often being with others who have been through a similar experience enables participants to talk about what they are experiencing. Grief groups help emphasize that participants are not grieving alone and others understand and can support them on their grief journey.
Groups are free and donations are appreciated. Registration is required by April 1 by calling Jean Roney, bereavement counselor, at (910) 796-8056. Leave your name, phone number, and indicate the specific program to attend.

DeGennaro displays at Jewelry by Wendy
Calabash resident Joseph DeGennaro is now showing his photography at Jewelry by Wendy-Beach House Fine Arts Gallery in Calabash.
One needs only to glimpse at one or two of his pictures of birds to sense DeGennaro’s passion for nature. His photography captures scenes of egrets, swans and landscapes. “I did it for the fun of it and to share them with people,” he said.
While serving in Vietnam with the Marines, DeGennaro suffered post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). As a result, he credits the Veteran’s Administration and receiving veteran’s disability to prompt him to devote his hobby into full-time photography. “The photography really keeps me focused,” he said. “I sat by a nesting of ospreys at Sea Trail for about 20 minutes waiting for a parent to return to the nestlings for a striking action shot.” That rewarding osprey picture is one of his many pictures displayed at the gallery.
Yearly trips to Florida are exciting. DeGennaro snaps pictures of native nesting birds to add to his Brunswick County photos of birds and landscapes. In his spare time, he is a “movie nut” who also enjoys music.
His photos have been published in The Brunswick Beacon, Our State magazine, and various brochures. He remembers being exhilarated when his first photo appeared in The San Francisco Examiner when he lived in California. He is a member of Coastal Carolina Camera Club, which meets monthly in Shallotte.
Visit the gallery at 10152 Beach Drive, Unit 6 in Calabash from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday to view DeGennaro’s photography, exquisite jewelry and varied works of other artists. Art classes are also available. Call 575-0024.

BFA seeks donations
Brunswick Family Assistance Agency is partnered with Alan Shawn Feinstein and The Feinstein Foundation.
Past annual spring $1 million challenges to fight hunger have raised more than $1.5 billion for more than 1,800 agencies and houses of worship nationwide helping the needy.
To donate to Brunswick Family Assistance Agency, P.O. Box 1551 Shallotte, N.C. 28459 or drop your donation off at 4600-8 Main Street, Shallotte; Monday—Friday 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
For more information please call 754-4766 ext. 103.