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Nancy's Notes - October 29, 2009

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I've had several people ask if we'd get new books once we moved into the new building.  This seemed like an odd question to me as how could you have a busy library if you never bought new books.  The good news is, we didn't blow all our money on the building and new books will be purchased on a regular basis.  Make sure you stop in and keep up on the bestsellers.  This week many arrived for your enjoyment.

Dan Brown is best known for the "Da Vinci Code".  His newest novel is entitled "The Lost Symbol", a story that is also filled with secrets, codes and unseen truths.  It takes place in the hidden chambers, tunnels and temples of Washington, D.C.  As the story begins, Harvard symbologist, Robert Langdon, is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol Building.  During the evening events, an ancient object is discovered in the Capitol.  Langdon recognizes it as an invitation encoded with five symbols.  When Peter Solomon, a prominent philanthropist, is kidnapped, Langdon realizes his only hope of saving Peter is to accept the ancient invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

Jerry Openheimer has written eight biographies about major American icons.  His latest book is, "Madoff with the Money", the biography of Bernie Madoff.  Oppenheimer goes back to Madoff's high school days where he cheated in his classes, tells how he used the ROTC to pull a fast one on Uncle Sam, and continues to the discovery of his multi-billion dollar swindle.  Nonprofit groups as well as celebrities such as Jane Fonda lost money to his scheme.  Others on his list of victims included his sister and sister-in-law as well as Larry King.  Federal prosecutors are still searching for missing money and are trying to find out who knew what and when.

Sorrel King, a patient advocate, has written, Josie's Story, the story of her young daughter.  King was a young mother of four when her eighteen-month-old daughter was badly burned by a faulty water heater.  Taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital, Josie made a remarkable recovery.  But as she was preparing to leave, the hospital's system of communication broke down and Josie was given a fatal shot of methadone, sending her into cardiac arrest.  Within forty-eight hours the King family went from planning a homecoming to planning a funeral.  Acceptinga settlement from the hospital, she and her husband established the Josie King Foundation.  They began to implement basic programs emphasizing communication between patients, family, and medical staff.  This is the account of a woman's unlikely path from full-time mom to nationally renowned patient advocate.

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