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Nancy's Notes - November 12, 2009

"The Murder of King Tut" by James Patterson, "Ladies of the Lake" by Haywood Smith, "No Time to Say Goodbye" Jacquelyn Mitchard, "Prairie Talk" by Melissa Gilbert.

One patron mentioned how much she enjoyed"The Murder of King Tut" by James Patterson. Thrust onto Egypt's powerful throne at the age of nine, King Tut was challenged from the first days of his reign.  Jealousy flourished among the Boy King's most trusted advisors.  Less than a decade after his elevation, King Tut suddenly perished.  To this day, his death remains shrouded in controversy.  Intrigued by what little was known about Tut, and hoping to unlock the answers to the mystery,  Howard Carter made it his life's mission to uncover the pharaoh's hidden tomb.  He began his search in 1907 but encountered many setbacks and dead ends before he finally discovered the long-lost crypt.  Now, in Patterson's newest novel, he and Martin Dugaard dig through stacks of evidence to arrive at their own account of King Tut's life and death.  The result is a true-crime tale of intrigue and betrayal.


Haywood Smith has written "Ladies of the Lake", the story of sisters Dahlia, Iris Violet, and Rose. The sisters, who have grown children of their own, have a complicated relationship, so when their grandmother's will requires them to spend the whole summer, without friends or family, "camping" together at her run-down lodge on Lake Clare, old rivalries emerge with plenty of laughs along the way.  As tempers flare and secrets are revealed , the four women discover that the past is never truly gone and buried.


Oprah made Jacquelyn Mitchard's "Deep End of the Ocean" a huge success.  Mitchard is now back with a sequel entitled, "No Time to Say Goodbye".  The first novel centered around Beth Cappadora, whose child was kidnapped.  The Cappadora family tries to pick up the pieces of their lives when son, Ben, is returned after nine years.  He returned a stranger and has never felt entirely at ease with the family he was born into.  The second book takes place twenty-two years after his abduction Ben is now grown with a daughter of his own and brother Vincent has emerged from a troubled adolescent to a filmmaker.  Vincent's new documentary, "No Time to Wave Goodbye", focuses on five families caught in the web of never knowing the fate of their abducted children.  The story shakes his family to the core.  Beth tries to stay away from her buried emotions, wondering if she and her family are fated to relive the past forever.


Most people were fans of "Little House on the Prairie". They have fond memories of Laura, the freckled face star of the show.  Melissa Gilbert, who was that young star, has now written, "Prairie Talk".  Gilbert was a natural on camera, but behind the scenes her life was more complicated.  Adopted as a baby into a show business family, Melissa wrestled with questions about her identity and struggled to maintain an image of perfection for her mother.  Only after years of substance abuse and dysfunctional relationships did she begin to figure out who she was.  Gilbert now lives in Los Angeles with her family and is active in the Screen Actors Guild and the Children's Hospice and Palliative Care Coalition.


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