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Nancy's Notes - October 23

“The Letters” by Luanne Rice and Joseph Monniger, “Murder by Family” by Kent Whitaker, “Home” by Marilynne Robinson, Pamida story time Oct. 30, 4-5 pm.

Nancy’s Notes


            Sentimental readers may enjoy “The Letters” a story created through a series of intimate letters. The book is a collaboration of the talents of Luanne Rice and Joseph Monniger. The novel centers around Sam and Hadley West who are both trying to survive the loss of their only son in Alaska. For Sam acceptance means a trek by dogsled across the arctic wilderness to find the place where Paul died. For Hadley, it means renting a salt-soaked cottage off the coast of Maine where she begins to paint again. At opposite ends of the country waiting for their divorce to be finalized, they begin to exchange letters.

            “Murder by Family”, unlike the book above, is a book of non-fiction. Author Kent Whitaker tells readers “Life can change in a moment”. The family of four went out to celebrate older son Bart’s college graduation. Bart came home for the evening after completing exams. The family enjoyed dinner together and snapped a few pictures, not realizing they were to be their last family photos. When Whitaker, his wife, and younger son, Kevin, arrived home, Kevin lead the way to the house. As his son stepped inside husband and wife heard a loud pop. Not realizing what the noise was Whitakers wife stepped into the house and screamed, “ Oh no!”. Another shot was heard. Still not realizing the danger, Kent entered the house where he was attacked, knocked down, and shot. His wife and younger son were dead.  Kent Whitaker’s older son was later imprisoned for their murders. Whitaker worked as a comptroller for a Houston firm until the murder of his wife and son. He now volunteers for prison ministries speaking about how God heals and forgives

            Marilynne Robinson became well-known for “Gilead”, one of last year’s best sellers. Now she is back with “Home” which takes place concurrently in the same Iowa town. This time the story centers around the household of Reverend Robert Boughton. Glory Boughton has returned to Gilead to care for her dying father. Soon her brother Jack, the prodigal son, comes home too, looking for refuge and trying to make peace. A bad boy from childhood, an alcoholic who can’t hold a job, he is perpetually at odds with his surroundings but he still remains Boughton’s most beloved child.

            Pamida is sponsoring a Halloween storytime on Thursday, October 30 from 4:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. A library staff member will be on hand to read stories at different times throughout the hour. They will also bring applications for library cards for anyone interested in obtaining check-out privileges.

            Stop in at our new location at 912 Central Ave. East: Monday through Wednesday between noon and 8:00 p.m. or Thursday through Saturday between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.