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African American Fiction & Nonfiction

African American fiction is a diverse and multi-faceted genre that spans several centuries in the United States. Beginning with William Wells Brown who is credited with being the first African American to publish a novel, African American fiction has grown to include historical fiction, mysteries, romance, science fiction, and urban fiction. African American nonfiction includes memoirs and biographies as well as history, religion, literature, and technology. Bi-monthly newsletter.

Monthly Adult Events @ NHCPL

List of events for adults at NHCPL branches

Armchair Travel

See the world without ever leaving your favorite chair! This list will bring you the best in travel writing, both classic and fresh, covering every corner of the globe. Bi-monthly.


Love being drawn into a puzzle? These titles will take you to the scene of the crime, and provide you with a steady stream of who-dun-its for your solving delight. Monthly.


Listen! is one of the first commands we learn. The sound of mother's voice, the chants of the troubadours, the radio waves coming through the ether entrance us. Audiobooks carry forward a long tradition of storytelling. Bi-monthly.

Nature and Science

No equation, test tube, snowflake, or leaf is left unturned! Explore the wonder of our world with books that will capture your 'natural' curiosity. Bi-Monthly.

Axis360 eBooks

Information on new titles available on NHCPL's Axis360 service.

New York Times Fiction Bestsellers

An up-to-date list of the New York Times Fiction Bestsellers. Weekly.

Biography and Memoir

Walk a mile in someone else's shoes--immerse yourself in the lives of the famous, the infamous, and the ever intriguing. Monthly.

New York Times Nonfiction Bestsellers

An up-to-date list of the New York Times Nonfiction Bestsellers. Weekly.

Book Club in a Bag

New books for your book club! Reserve a bag of 15 books, along with a leader's guide and discussion questions, for the date of your group meeting.

News @ NHCPL

Weekly top news and events for adults and families @ NHCPL.

Christian Fiction

Like a little faith with your fiction? These titles, representing a range of genres from historical fiction to romance to suspense, will hit the spot. Bi-monthly.

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Consumer Health Programs

Programs and books on health and wellness

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eResource News & Reviews

Learn the latest news on eResources, gadgets and more from NHCPL.

Picture Books

Looking for great picture books to share with the children in your life? You'll find books here that are sure to captivate their young imaginations. Monthly.


Tired of reality? Who isn't! No matter what kind of fantasy you like, dark or fairytale, comic or romantic, you'll find something of interest here. Monthly.

Popular Culture

It's a nutty world out there, and we want you to know about it! We'll cover music and film, sports and adventure, and all the other stuff that makes life interesting. Bi-monthly.

Fiction A to Z

Take a walk through the aisles of our general fiction section and discover a range of fascinating characters to engage and enlighten. Monthly.


Flirt with various romances, new and old. Whether you like your lovin' with ghosts, spies or knights in shining armor, this list will deliver, sealed with a kiss. Monthly.

Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise

Stretch your muscles and your mind with our selection of books that explore the financial, physical, and philosophical challenges in life. Bi-monthly.

Science Fiction

Science, technology and imagination collide in the world of science fiction. If aliens, time travel and mutants are your cup of Martian tea, this list is for you. Bi-monthly.

Historical Fiction

Do you prefer novels with period detail? Become part of history, without having to slop through the mud or face the guillotine yourself. Monthly.

Spirituality and Religion

Looking inward, outward or upward? All manner of devotional and spiritual books will be part of this list, to inform, enlighten and engage. Bi-monthly.

History and Current Events

For those that like their history in-the-can, or not yet made, this list delivers the world. Monthly.

Teen Scene

All types of fiction for those who want to imagine different realities--and nonfiction for those who are trying to understand ours! For readers of high school age and up. Monthly.

Home, Garden, and DIY

Whether you wield a hammer, whisk, spade, or crochet hook, this newsletter will keep you busy with a constant stream of projects. Bi-Monthly.

Thrillers and Suspense

Footsteps behind you. Conspiracy theories. Puddles of blood. Sound like a good day to you? This list has goosebumps to spare. Monthly.


No day is complete without a little fear, terror and uncertainty for fans of horror fiction! This list certainly won't disappoint you. Bi-monthly.

True Crime

A list of exciting, new true-crime books @ The New Hanover County Public Library!

Kids' Books

Find out what’s new and cool! We’ll suggest fun and fascinating fiction (and great nonfiction, too) for kids in elementary school. Monthly.

Tween Reads

Too young to drive, but too old for kid stuff? These books (mostly fiction, with some nonfiction) are just right for the middle school set. Bi-monthly.


A monthly list featuring the top ten books loved by librarians across the U.S.

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