Nancy's Notes - May 1 , 2008
Diana Palmer has written over 100 books. Her newest, “Long Tall Texan Legacy”, includes two separate stories revolving around love life of two different ranchers in the old west. In the first story rancher Big John Jacobs finds himself in a marriage of convenience. To ensure his ranch’s survival he marries the daughter of a railroad tycoon. When his new bride moves to the ranch he finds he’s gotten more than he bargained for. Justin Ballenger is the main character in the second story. He is jilted by Shelby Jacobs, privileged daughter of the Jacobsville fortune. She runs off with a wealthy playboy only to return six years later alone and penniless. Justin feels he can never trust her again but the old flame is burning hotter than ever.
If you like biographies you will enjoy. As a comedian during the late 1970s he was the biggest concert draw in the history of stand-up comedy. In 1981 he quit forever. He explains why he did stand-up and why he walked away. Martin started his career at Disneyland selling guidebooks. In the decades that followed he worked in the magic shop and the theatre at Knott’s Berry Farm. He tells of the sacrifices he made along the way that made him a public icon. To perform so frequently was isolating and lonely. It took Martin decades to reconnect with his parents and sister. The book also includes photos many of which have never been seen before.
Ann Patchett brings readers “Run”, a suspense novel. Since their mother’s death Tip and Teddy Doyle have been raised by their ambitious father. As the former mayor of Boston, Bernard Doyle wants to see his sons in politics, a dream the boys don’t share. When an argument inadvertently causes an accident that involves a stranger and her child, all Bernard Doyle cares about is his ability to keep his children safe. Set over a twenty-four hour period the story takes us from Harvard to the home for retired Catholic priests in downtown Boston. The author shows how worlds of privilege and poverty can coexist only blocks apart and how family can include people you’ve never met.
After the dark, drippy weather you may need to check out Marci Shimoff’s “Happy For No Reason: 7 Steps to Being Happy form the Inside Out”. The author’s approach to being happy is based on research and knowledge from the world’s leading experts in the fields of positive psychology and neurophsiology, plus interviews with 100 happy people. The book provides a 7-step program that will enable you to be happier. Studies show that each of us has a “happiness set-point: or a fixed range of happiness that we tend to return to throughout our life. Shimoff tells readers how to raise their happiness set-point and how to encompass Happiness Habits.
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