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Nancy's Notes February 28, 2008

“The Other Mother” by Gwendolyn Gross, “Someone Knows My Name” by Lawrence Hill, “Amazing Grace” by Danielle Steel , “Good Dog Stay” by Anna Quindlen

            I recently read “The Other Mother” by Gwendolyn Gross. It was a disappointment to me but don’t let that stop you from reading it, every book appeals to a certain audience. The story centers around Amanda, a successful book editor for a New York publishing house and Thea, a stay-at-home mother of three. Thea has never really left the community in which she grew up and comes across as a “super mom”. When Amanda, who is eight months pregnant, and her husband move next door to Thea’s family the two women find themselves drawn to and repelled by each other and their career choices.

            I’m a history buff so books like Lawrence Hill’s “Someone Knows My Name” always peak my interest. It is a story that spans six decades and three continents. Aminata Diallo is kidnapped from Africa and enslaved on a South Carolina plantation. She is sent to work in the indigo fields and serves as a midwife. An entrepreneur from Charleston purchases Aminata and tears her away from family and friends. When the Revolutionary War breaks out the chaos allows her to escape. She flees to British-held Manhattan where she helps pen the Book of Negroes, a list of blacks rewarded for wartime service to the King with safe passage to Nova Scotia. During her travels in Canada, Sierra Leone, and England, Aminata strives for her freedom and that of her people.

            Danielle Steel remains one of our most popular authors. She is back with “Amazing Grace”. The story begins in San Francisco on a May night. The Ritz-Carlton ballroom shimmers with as the celebrity-studded crowd gathers for a charity dinner dance. Just minutes before midnight, the room begins to sway, the lights go out, and people begin to scream. In the earthquake’s aftermath the lives of four strangers converge. Sarah Sloane is the wife of a financial whiz, Melanie Free is a grammy-winning singer, Everett Cason is a former war correspondent and Sister Maggie Kent works with the homeless. As the city staggers back to life, a chain of events will touch each of the survivors.

            Last year the best selling book about a pet was “Marley and Me” which was about a golden lab (by the way, I see it is going to soon hit the silver screen). This year Anna Quindlen has written “Good Dog Stay” the story of her black lab, Beau. She reflects on how her life has unfolded in tandem with Beau’s and on the lessons she’s learned by watching him. She has learned to roll with the punches, to take things as they come, to measure herself not in terms of the past or the future but of the present, to raise her nose in the air from time to time and to every once in while holler, “I smell bacon!”.

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