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Nancy's Notes - May 27, 2010

"I am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced" by Nujood Ali, "Imperfect Endings: a Daughter's Tale of Life and Death" by Zoe Fitzgerald Carter, "The Bride Collector" by Ted Dekker.

If you are interested in biographies this first book will be of interest to you. It is written in the words of Nujood Ali, the first child bride in Yemen to win a divorce. Nujood was named a Glamour Woman of the Year in 2008. The book is entitled, "I am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced". Nujood's childhood came to an end in 2008 when her father arranged for her to be married to a man three times her age. She tells of abuse she suffered at her husband's hands and of her daring escape. With the help of local advocates and the press, Nujood obtained her freedom in a country where almost half of all girls are married under the legal age.


Zoe Fitzgerald Carter has written "Imperfect Endings: a Daughter's Tale of Life and Death". Carter lived a busy life on the West Coast with her husband and two daughters. Her life suddenly took a detour when her mother, Margaret, decided she wanted to "end things". Tired of living with Parkinson's disease, Margaret declares she is no longer willing to go where the illness is taking her. Unsure when or how she wishes to die she knows one thing, she wants her three daughters present. Zoe did what she could to convince her mother to abandon her plans. But for nearly a year, Margaret talked of nothing else. Shuttling between her family in California and her mother's house in Washington, D.C., Zoe found herself drawn into her mother's plans. Zoe, wanting to continue to be the "good daughter", finds herself in conflict with her older sisters, as the three decide whether to support Margaret's choice.


Ted Dekker is popular with those who read from our Christian fiction section. You'll think I'm nuts putting that label on his writing since his last two books are about serial killers. His latest is entitled, "The Bride Collector". As the story begins a killer is carving a path of death, killing only the most beautiful women, in the name of love. He has claimed six victims and eluded the FBI, leaving behind a handwritten note and a bridal veil. Special agent Brad Raines has hunted the Bride Collector from crime scene to crime scene. Desperate for help he turns to the Center for Wellness and Intelligence, a private home for gifted, mentally ill residents. There he finds help with a group of four who agree to help him solve the case.


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