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Nancy's Notes - February 24, 2011

“My Reading Life” by Pat Conroy, “Decision Points” by George W. Bush, “At Home, a Short History of Private Life” by Bill Bryson.

Pat Conroy has usually been known for his fictional stories of the southern United States. His latest, “My Reading Life”, is a reflection on the effect reading has had on his life. He revisits his life of reading through anecdotes and recounts his decades-long relationship with his English teacher. Conroy discusses influential people, places, and experiences he has encountered.

George W. Bush has written, “Decision Points”, a reflection on his eight years in the White House. It starts at the Texas Governor’s mansion on the night of the 2000 election. Readers are taken aboard Air Force One during the hours following the attacks on September 11, 2001, into the Situation Room before the start of the war in Iraq, and behind the scenes at the White House. Readers will learn Bush’s perspective on: his decision to quit drinking, the selection of the vice president, his relationships with his family, his counterterrorism programs, his concerns about Iraq, and his legislative achievements.

Former Iowan, Bill Bryson, now resides with his family in a Victorian parsonage in England. His latest book is entitled, “At Home, a Short History of Private Life”. Using his inquisitive mind he loves to turn a mundane fact into an exposition. One day he began to consider how little he knew about the ordinary things of life. He formed the idea of journeying about his house from room to room to write a history of the world without leaving home. Bryson demonstrates that whatever happens in the world ends up in our houses.

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