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Nancy's Notes - April 8, 2010

"Noah's Compass" by Anne Tyler, "The Wolf at the Door" by Jack Higgins, "The Deep Blue Sea for Beginners" by Luanne Rice

We've had several local residents bring relatives who were visiting over the Easter weekend to look at our new facilities. The staff is always happy to show off our new "digs". We feel the new building is quite impressive.

If you are out walking by in this nice weather, stop in and check out some new titles. Anne Tyler's, "Noah's Compass" may be of interest.  It is a novel about a schoolteacher, who has been forced to retire at sixty-one, thus starting the final phase of his life. Liam Pennywell set out to be a philosopher and ended up teaching fifth grade. He never much cared for the job, so early retirement doesn't bother him. He is troubled by his inability to remember anything abut the first night that he moved into his new condominium. All he knows when he wakes up the next day in the hospital is that his head is sore and bandaged. His effort to recover the moments of his life that were lost lead him on an unexpected detour.

Suspense lovers will enjoy "The Wolf at the Door", by Jack Higgins. Someone is targeting the members of the elite intelligence unit known as "The Prime Minister's private army" and all those who work with them, and whoever is doing it has a lot of resources at hand. Sean Killon has an idea of who it may be: an old enemy who has clearly gotten tired of their interference in his schemes. But proving it is going to be a difficult task, and surviving it the hardest task of all.

Luanne Rice brings readers "The Deep Blue Sea for Beginners", the tale of a mother and daughter, separated for years. Years ago Lyra Davis left behind a world of wealth and the people she loved most in the world because their expectations did not fulfill the longings in her heart. Now she lives quietly on the isle of Capri, learning to live fully for the first time. Granddaughter of the head of Newport society, Pell Davis is raised to take her place in society. However she and her younger sister, still long for the mother who ran away from them when they were children.

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