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Nancy's Notes - July 10

"Keep Your Mouth Shut and Wear Beige" by Kathy Gilles Seidel, “Winter Study” by Nevada Barr, “Guilty” by Karen Robards, “All We Ever Wanted Was Everything” by Janelle Brown, July 15 Reading program.

           One of my best friends recently had a son get married. She told me her job was “to keep her mouth shut and wear beige”. I had never heard that expression but low-and-behold I find a book to order by that title. I am currently reading and enjoying it. The story revolves around Darcy Van Aiken, who is recently divorced. She loves her daughter-in-law-to-be and her family. Trouble arises from her ex-husbands new companion, Claudia, who decides she should plan the wedding.

            Suspense readers will enjoy Nevada Barr’s “Winter Study”. The story begins as Park Ranger Anna Pigeon is sent to Isle Royale in Lake Superior to learn about managing and understanding wolves. Soon after Anna’s arrival the wolf packs under observation begins to behave in peculiar ways. Giant wolf prints are found and Anna spies the form of a great wolf from a surveillance plane. The discovery of wolf scat containing alien DNA leads the group to believe that a wolf/dog hybrid has been introduced to the island. When a female member of the team is attacked, Anna is convinced she is being stalked, and what was once a beautiful refuge becomes a place of danger.

            Karen Robards is back with “Guilty”, the story of Kat Kominski. As the tale unfolds Kat is fifteen years old and she and some friends hold up a convenience store. One of her companions shoots and kills an off-duty policeman. They flee the scene and no one is caught. Thirteen years later Kat has built a new life. Now a single mom she works as a prosecutor in the Philadelphia DA’s office. Her dark past returns to haunt her when she walks into court one day and encounters a prisoner who was one of her companions on the night.

            If you want to read something besides murder mysteries and perhaps something a little lighter, you may enjoy “All We Ever Wanted Was Everything”. When Paul Miller’s pharmaceutical company goes public his family is made millionaires. This is the windfall his wife Joyce has been waiting for until she learns her husband is divorcing her and cutting her out of the new fortune. Meanwhile one of their daughters is dumped by her actor boyfriend who had promised to revive her magazine. She moves home where her younger sister has found her new found popularity is a result of graffiti on the bathroom wall. The book symbolizes everything wrong with the American Dream.

            Stop in and check out these or other good books: Monday through Wednesday between noon and 8:00 or Thursday through Saturday between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.




            The library will sponsor a special presenter at our July 15 program. Fax Gilbert will be on hand to perform “Mime, Masks, and Magic”. He uses his mime training as he presents comedy skits set to music. Fax also uses masks, illusions, special effects, and  audience participation. Children through adult ages will enjoy the show. Come to the library and join us for the 1:00 program.