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Nancy's Notes - August 8

"Audition" by Barbara Walters, “Tailspin” by Catherine Coulter, “Charley’s Web” by Joy Fielding, library move week of Sept. 8.

            This is the time of year when there is kind of a lull. Summer sports are over as well as most of the acitivities available to the community, and school hasn’t started yet. It is a good time to stop in and check out a book before school and fall activities begin. What is better on a hot day than to read a good story and sip on something cool.

            Barbara Walters is considered the most important woman in the history of television journalism. After forty years of interviews Walters has published her memoir entitled, "Audition" where she has turned her gift for examination onto herself. Her father, Lou Walters, was the owner and creative mind behind the legendary Latin Quarter nightclub. His risk-taking lifestyle gave Barbara her first taste of glamour. She became aware of the insecurities of life as Lou made and lost several fortunes. Her roller-coaster   ride of a childhood gave Walters her first perception of the world.  She formed a close relationship with her mentally challenged sister, Jackie. Jackie taught her patience and compassion but was also the source of resentment, which filled Barbara with guilt. The financial responsibility for her family, fear and love all played a part in the choices she made as she grew up. Against great odds, Walters has made it to the top of a male-dominated industry.

            Several patrons have enjoyed “Tailspin” by Catherine Coulter. It begins as FBI Special Agent Jackson Crowne is flying psychiatrist Dr. Timothy MacLean back to Washington, D.C., to protect him and discover who’s trying to kill him. But they don’t make it. That same morning, agents Savich and Sherlock are told about Agent Crowne’s  mayday sent from deep in the Appalachian mountains. Within thirty minutes they are headed to rescue the pair. Agent Crowne hauls the unconscious Dr. MacLean from the burning wreckage before it explodes. The crash is witnessed by Rachael Abbott, a young woman who has narrowly escaped drowning  by assailants who drugged her and threw her into Black Rock Lake. When Savich and Sherlock arrive in Parlow, they discover Jack is down but not out, that Rachael saved his and Dr. MacLean’s lives, and that she’s hiding something big.

            Another book readers have recommended is “Charley’s Web” by Joy Fielding. Charley Webb is a single mother who writes a controversial column for the Palm Beach Post. She’s spent years building an emotional wall against critics, neighbors, and her family. But, when she receives a letter from Jill Rohmer, a young woman serving time on death row for the murders of three small children, her boundaries begin to fade. Jill wants Charley to write her biography so that she can share the hidden truths about the case that failed to surface during her trial. Seeing this as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, Charley begins her journey into the mind of this deeply troubled woman.

            We will begin our move to our temporary building on September 8. The library will be closed September 8 through September 18. Our new location will be 912 Central Avenue East  (across from Casey’s). There is a book sale in the library entry and basement while we get ready for the move. We are weeding outdated and beat-up copies as well as duplicates. Come in and see what we have: Monday through Wednesday between noon and 8:00 p.m. or Thursday through Saturday between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.