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Nancy's Note - June 5, 2008

“Boom!” by Tom Brokow, “People of the Book” by Geraldine Brooks, “A Daughter’s Inheritance” by Tracie Peterson, “The Commoner” by John Burnham Schwartz.

            Remember to clean out those drawers, shelves and anywhere else you may keep library materials in your home. We are in the process of taking inventory before our move to temporary quarters later this year. To get as accurate a count as possible and to encourage the return of items long past due, we are hosting amnesty month. Bring back all library materials no matter how long they’ve “lived” with you and we will excuse your fine.

            Tom Brokow is a respected journalist and author. We have his latest “Boom!” which gives readers a portrait of the Sixties. He includes stories of both famous people and ordinary citizens. Brokow explores how individual lives and the national mindset were affected by the controversial era.

            Geraldine Brooks, “People of the Book” is inspired by a true story. The historical novel begins in 1996 when Hanna Heath, a rare book expert is offered the job of a lifetime. She is asked to analyze and conserve an ancient Hebrew manuscript created during the fifteenth century in Spain. It was recently saved from destruction in the shelling of Sarajevo ‘s libraries. Hanna discovers a series of tiny artifacts in the book’s binding that unlock the mysteries of the book’s past and those who created it. A Muslim   saved the book from the destruction of the Nazis during World War II. In Venice in 1609 a Catholic priest saves it from the Inquisition’s fires. In 1492 the scribe who wrote the text sees his family destroyed by a forced exile. The secret to the reason for the manuscript, written in Seville in 1480, is also disclosed. Hanna’s investigations plunge her into the experiences that will test her belief in herself.

            Inspirational author Tracie Peterson entertains readers with “A Daughter’s Inheritance”. Amy Halbert left home twelve years ago eager to leave small-town life. Her sister, Kathy, remained behind to witness the consequences that followed Amy’s departure. When Amy suddenly reappears her arrival stirs up Kathy’s emotions of bitterness and betrayal. Drawn together by their dying father’s wishes, these sisters will travel down the road of reconciliation.

            John Burnham Schwartz brings readers the bestseller, “The Commoner”. The story begins as Haruko marries the Crown Prince of Japan, the heir to the Chrysanthemum Throne. Met with cruelty by the Empress, Haruko is controlled at every turn. The only interest the court has in Haruko is her ability to produce an heir. After finally giving birth to a son, she suffers a nervous breakdown and loses her voice. Determined not to be crushed Haruko perseveres. Thirty years later, she is the Empress who plays a crucial role in persuading another young woman to accept the marriage proposal of her son.

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