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by George Hodgman

Library Journal This is a superior memoir, written in a witty and episodic style, though at times it's heartbreak-ing. It's also, though just under 300 pages, an especially dense one, filled with a lifetime's worth of reflection and story after fascinating story. Starting out rather conventionally as the tale of a son's return home to rural Paris, MO, to take care of his ailing mother (the "Betty" of the title), the narrative slowly begins to delve into Hodgman's difficulties accepting himself for who he is, particularly as a gay man. Though his relationship with his mother is close it quickly becomes clear that his sexual orientation is just the most significant of many things that he and his family do not discuss. Hodgman is also very good at detailing how much rural America has changed, almost never for the better, in the last 30 years.VERDICT Readers from many backgrounds will be able to identify with the author because his book is really a plea for us to accept everybody for who they are, no matter what their story may be, or what kinds of lives they may lead. [See Prepub Alert, 9/21/14.] (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Special Events
Holiday Closing
  • Roanoke Rapids Public Library will be closed Friday, Apr. 3, and Saturday, April 4 for the Good Friday Holiday. The book drop will be open for the return of books and magazines when the library is closed. Please do not return videos or DVDs in the book drop. The library will reopen on Monday, Apr. 6 @ 10 am.
  • E-Book Program
  • Roanoke Rapids Public Library now has a collection of e-books for its patrons through NC LIVE. The NC LIVE Homegrown E-book Collection has over 1,200 titles to chose and are provided with the cooperation of varied NC publishers. While these titles are not many of the current best sellers, the Library is hoping eventually to expand our e-book collection. Take a look by clicking the link on the home page in the lower right corner. You must have a RRPL card to access the collection. Contact the Library for more information.
  • Teen Book Club
  • Tuesday, Mar. 31 @ 8 am in the Media Center at Roanoke Rapids High School. Teens from grades 9-12 discuss books they are currently reading. New students as well as our current members are welcomed.
  • Storytime
  • Preschool Storytime on Wednesdays at 10:30 am.
  • Wednesday DVD Frenzy
  • Every Wednesday DVD/VIDEO Frenzy. It's out the R-O-O-F! Rent One One Free. Normal checkout limits and fines apply. Check with the Library Staff for information.
  • NC Knows
  • Roanoke Rapids Public Library announces participation in a virtual reference service offered through the State Library of North Carolina called NC Knows. Please click on the NC Knows tab above to learn more about this service and how to use it.
  • Library Card Required to Use Computers
  • As of July 1, 2012, a Roanoke Rapids Public Library card is required for use of public access computers. Only one courtesy visit is permitted per year going by the date of the last courtesy visit. Call the Library or stop by the service desk for more information.
  • Join the Friends
  • Join the Friends of Roanoke Rapids Public Library where you can be a part of a vital organization. The Friends volunteer with the Nifty Thrifty Third Thursday Book Sale, assist with fundraisers, and support the Library in the community. Stop at the Circulation Desk for an application and information. Come be a part and "Read. Learn. Live."

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