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Nancy's Notes - November 6, 2008

“Dewey” by Vicki Myron with Bret Witter, “The Lucky One” by Nichols Sparks, “The Keepsake” by Tess Gerritsen, “The 19th Wife” by David Ebershoff

Nancy’s Notes

Currently I am reading “Dewey”, the story of the library cat from Spencer. It’s a fun read especially since I’m in the library business and I did live in Spencer for one year (of course neither the cat nor the librarian lived there
then). Dewey, named after the library cataloging system, was found in their drop box on a very cold winter day. Grateful for his rescue, Dewey adopted the library patrons and became a very popular attraction. If you want a relaxing read this should fill the bill.
Nichols Sparks' newest, “The Lucky One”, has been getting good reviews by our patrons. When U.S. Marine Logan Thibault finds a photo of a smiling young woman buried in the dirt during his third tour of duty in Iraq, his first instinct was to toss it aside. Instead he brings it back to the base for someone to claim.  When no one does, he carries the photo himself. Soon he experiences a streak of luck, winning poker games and surviving deadly combat. His best friend finds the explanation for his good fortune, the photograph. Upon his return to the states, thinking the woman in the photo holds the key to his destiny, Thibault sets out to find her.
If you like suspense you’ll love Tess Gerritsen’s, “The Keepsake”. The story revolves around a mummy which is rediscovered in Boston’s Crispin Museum. The attention that the mummy draws is a godsend for the financially struggling institution. But medical examiner Isles soon discovers a message hidden in the corpse, proof that the relic is really a modern-day murder victim.
David Ebershoff’s “The 19th Wife” combines historical fiction with a modern day murder mystery. It was on the best seller list so enjoyed by many but I found it rather confusing. The story takes place in 1875 when Ann Eliza Young has recently separated from her husband, Brigham Young. Expelled, Ann Eliza embarks on a crusade to end polygamy. A second tale, that of a murder, also unfolds in the book. It involves a polygamist family in present day Utah. Jordan Scott, a young man who was thrown out of his fundamentalist sect, must reenter the past in order to discover the truth behind his father’s death.
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