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Nancy's Notes - February 24, 2010

"The Wife's Tale" by Lori Lansens, "The First Rule" by Robert Crais, "Remarkable Creatures" by Tracy Chevalier

The sun is shining today, the sidewalks are melting, so stop in and look through the new pile of books we've received.  I believe we purchased approximately 60 new books that cover a wide variety of interests.  We have books for cooks, dieters, mystery lovers, inspirational fiction lovers as well as those who enjoy anything with pages.

My first book today, "The Wife's Tale", has received good reviews in People magazine and in a couple of other articles I've read.  The story begins on the evening of Mary and Jimmy Gooch's silver anniversary.  Mary is waiting for her husband to come home but as night turns to day she realizes her husband is gone.  Through the years Mary has let her life come to a standstill, venturing only from the bedroom to the refrigerator.  Now, as she begins the search for her husband, Mary leaves the security of her home and boards a plane for the first time.  Used to hiding from the world Mary finds a new inner strength.

Robert Crais is becoming increasingly popular with our readers. His newest book is entitled, "The First Rule". The first rule of organized criminal gangs of the former Soviet Union is known as the thieves' code.  The first rule is this: A thief must forsake his mother, father, brothers, and sisters.  He must have no family because only other criminals are his family.  If any of the rules are broken, it is punishable by death.  Frank Meyer had the American dream until the day a professional crew invaded his home and murdered everyone inside.  The only thing out of the ordinary about Meyer was that before he began his normal family life, a younger Frank Meyer worked as a professional military contractor, a mercenary, with a man named Joe Pike.

Tracy Chevalier is the author of , "Girl with a Pearl Earring". She has now written "Remarkable Creatures".  After Mary Anning is struck by lightning as a baby, she is different from others.  Poor and uneducated, she finds she has a gift to spot fossils no on else can see.  When Mary uncovers an unusual fossilized skeleton in the cliffs near her home, she sets the religious fathers on edge and the townspeople begin to gossip.  In an era when men dominated, Mary is barred from the academic community.  As a young woman with unusual interests, she is suspected of sinful behavior.  Mary finds an unlikely companion in Elizabeth Philpot, a middle-class spinster, who shares her passion for scouring the beaches.  Mary and Elizabeth discover that friendship is their greatest ally.

Come in and enjoy these or many other good books:  Monday through Wednesday between noon and 8:00 p.m. or Thursday through Saturday between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.