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Nancy's Notes - March 3, 2010

“Winter Garden” by Kristin Hannah, “You: Having a Baby: the Owner’s Manual to a Happy and Healthy Pregnancy” by Michael F. Roizen, MD and television’s own Dr. Oz, “The Cake Doctor Returns” by Anne Byrn, “On Hallowed Ground: the Story of Arlington National Cemetery" by Robert M. Poole.

             I’m in the middle of reading “Winter Garden” by Kristin Hannah. It’s quite good. It includes a little bit of everything, history, love story, family relationships. The story begins as two sisters are called to their beloved father’s death bed. He makes them promise to make amends with their mother who has always been cold and distant with her daughters.  As they begin to care for their widowed mother, they find the “fairy tales” she told them as children seem to have an element of truth to them. The sisters discover the hardships their mother endured during her youth and a love story that took her from Leningrad to Alaska.

            Michael F. Roizen, MD and television’s own Dr. Oz have published, “You: Having a Baby: the Owner’s Manual to a Happy and Healthy Pregnancy”. The two physicians answer questions about how you can increase your odds of having a healthy and happy pregnancy. It will help relieve your stress as they describe what happens during those nine months of life. They will teach you what to eat, how much to exercise, and what pleasures will make your pregnancy easier on you. It is filled with information that will prepare you for what’s ahead.

            I’m sitting here and my stomach is rumbling as I page through, “The Cake Doctor Returns”. Author Anne Byrn will tell you how to transform an ordinary cake mix into extraordinary cakes. There are 160 recipes which include 40 layer cakes, 38 bundts and pound cakes, 35 sheet cakes, 50 brownies, bars, cookies, and cupcakes. She also includes 18 frosting recipes along with tips for garnishing.

            Robert M. Poole has written “On Hallowed Ground: the Story of Arlington National Cemetery”. The book reflects on the history of the cemetery which was created toward the end of the Civil War. Set in the rolling hills of Virginia it sits on the family plantation of Robert E. Lee. The plantation’s home became Union headquarters after Lee joined the Confederacy. Starting as a burial ground for indigent soldiers, Secretary of war Edwin Stanton made the national cemetery one of our nation’s most honored resting places.

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