Nancy's Notes December 11, 2008
I saw the authors of the first two books I’m writing about on the “Today Show”. Cheryl Jarvis, author of “The Necklace”, was on quite some time ago. It is the true story of thirteen women who invested in a diamond necklace which would change themselves and their community. Jonell McLain first saw the diamond necklace in a local jewelry store. Filled with desire she wondered why these luxuries were available to so few. McLain decided to share her desire. She spent several weeks on the phone asking friends to share in the investment of the necklace. The book tells how the necklace weaves in and out of each woman’s life. It comes to mean something different to each of the thirteen women. What started as a quirky social experiment became something deeper as the women transformed a symbol of exclusivity into a symbol of inclusiveness.
The second author interviewed was Malcolm Gladwell who wrote the bestseller “Outliers”. The book informs readers why some people succeed far more than others. Gladwell believes that if we want to understand how some people thrive we should spend time looking around them at such things as their family, their birthplace, or even their birth date. The lives of outliers, those people whose achievements fall outside normal experience, follow an unexpected logic. Gladwell presents a blueprint for making the most of human potential.
Inspirational fiction writer Melody Carlson entertains readers with “All I have to Give”. This is for those of you who enjoy Christmas stories. Anna, the book's main character, wants this to be the best Christmas ever. She’s willing to do whatever it takes to accomplish that. But what happens when everything and everyone around her seems to be falling apart? Fortunately for her, at this time of year, there are miracles in store. Just when Anna’s happy holidays look hopeless, the magic of Christmas works its way into her life. And what she unwraps for Christmas will surprise everyone.
It’s a very busy month but reading a good book is a great way to relax when you have a minute to spare. Stop in and see us: Monday through Wednesday between noon and 8:00 p.m. or Thursday through Saturday between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.