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Nancy's Notes - October 9, 2008

“Dewey: a Small Town Cat Who Touched the World” by Vicki Myron, “She Had It coming” by Mary Monroe, “Smoke Screen” by Sandra Brown

Nancy’s Notes

Here I am sitting in our new location across from Casey’s and Nola and I have
already had a doughnut this morning. This could be a bad sign of things to come
as we’ve never been this close to food before!


This week was Christmas in the library. We had put off ordering books for about
six weeks as we anticipated our move. The latest order has now arrived and we
have a large selection from which to choose.


Last Sunday’s Des Moines Register featured an article by an Iowa author and
fellow librarian, Vicki Myron. The librarian from Spencer has just released a
book entitled “Dewey: a Small Town Cat Who Touched the World”. The book has been
given good reviews and was also pictured in last week’s People Magazine. How was
it possible for a small kitten to transform a small library and eventually
become famous around the world? Dewey’s story starts on the coldest night of the
year when he was stuffed into the returned book slot at the Spencer Public
Library. He was found the next morning by library director Vicki Myron, a single
mother who had survived the loss of her family farm, a breast cancer scare and
an alcoholic husband. Dewey won her heart and the hearts of the staff. For the
next nineteen years he charmed the people of Spencer with his enthusiasm and his
sixth sense about who needed him most.


Mary Monroe brings readers, “She Had It coming”. The story revolves around
Dolores Reese a former foster child who meets her soul mate, Floyd, while they
are in high school. When one bad decision sends an innocent Floyd to prison for
life, Dolores promises to stick by him. While Floyd’s world stands still,
Dolores’s horizons open and she lands a position working for a cruise line.
There she meets Paul Dunne, who promises her the kind of future she’s always
wanted. Dolores is sure she can continue to visit Floyd without revealing that
she’s now married to another man. But when Floyd is suddenly freed on new
evidence, Dolores is torn and makes a fateful decision-to live a double lie.


Sandra Brown is back with the novel, “Smoke Screen”. It begins when newswoman
Britt Shelley wakes up to find herself in bed with Jay Burgess, a star detective
in the Charleston PD. She remembers nothing of how she got there or of how Jay
wound up dead. Jay was a hero of the disastrous fire that five years earlier had
destroyed Charleston’s police headquarters. The blaze left seven people dead,
but the death toll would have been higher if not for the bravery of Jay and
three other city officials who risked their lives. Firefighter Raley Gannon was
off-duty that day. He was assigned to lead the investigation into the cause of
the fire. It was an investigation he never got to complete. Scandalized by the
people he trusted most, Raley was forced to surrender the woman he loved and the
work to which he’d dedicated his life. For five years his resentment against the
men who exploited his hero status to further their careers, and ruin his, had
festered, but he was helpless to set things right. That changes when he learns
of Jay Burgess’s shocking death and Britt Shelley’s claim that she has no memory
of her night with him.
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