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Beach Reads: Mary Alice Monroe Intertwines Storytelling & Nature
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Beach Reads: Mary Alice Monroe Intertwines Storytelling & Nature

by Terri Barnes

Mary Alice Monroe doesn’t mind if her books are labeled “beach reads,” as long as they get readers to think about the beach while they’re relaxing there. The bestselling author incorporates environmental issues of animals like dolphins and sea turtles into her stories, and insists the story is paramount. “I’m writing about the people,” she says. “It isn’t just about the turtles. It’s all about emotion and storytelling, and then you let the truth—like a parable—come through.” […]

Favorite Quotes From Books
Readers Write

Favorite Quotes From Books

by Karen Pavlicin-Fragnito

Writers work so hard to find just the right words. Often, those words spill off the page into readers’ hands and, sometimes, into our hearts. They capture our feelings, stir our desires, push us in new directions, give us reason to pause and consider, and inspire us to keep going.

When we find words that stick, we pull them out of a great story and take them with us on our own journey. We pin quotes to inspiration boards. Or tuck scribbled pieces of paper into a planner or journal. We reread those words when we need to hear the beauty of language or see a reminder of perspective. Some words become a part of who we are or who we want to become.

Do you have a favorite line or passage from a book that has struck a chord with your heart? What language, dialogue, or perspective has inspired you? We asked our readers to share favorite book quotes for this month’s Readers Write.
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Community Connection

Present Meets Past at Historic Timrod Library

by Terri Barnes

The Timrod Library has been a gathering place for residents of Summerville, South Carolina, for more than a century. Today’s Summervillians are drawn to the library by book discussions, story time, and appearances by local and regional authors, as well as by the old fashioned library experience of card catalogs and rubber stamps. Books are checked out the old fashioned way here, but wi-fi is available too, one of the many ways old meets new at this historic library. […]