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Nancy's Notes - May 19, 2011

“Sing You Home” by Jodi Picoult, “Room” by Emma Donaghue, “E is for Environment” by Ian James.

    Jodi Picoult is one of my favorite authors. Although her books are generally a little on the dark side, with no happy endings, she keeps you guessing until the very end. Her latest novel is, “Sing You Home”. Zoe Baxter is a music therapist whose husband, Max, leaves her after their latest pregnancy ends in a stillbirth. Zoe picks up the pieces of her life and finds happiness with another woman,Vanessa, a school counselor. After the two marry in Massachusetts, Vanessa offers to carry one of the fertilized embryos of Zoe and Max. Zoe goes to Max to get permission to release the embryos but she is shocked when he sues her for custody of the eggs, backed by his church.
    Dublin born, Emma Donaghue, has received high marks for “Room”, her latest novel. The story revolves around five-year-old Jack and his mom who live in an eleven by eleven foot space, captives of man they call Old Nick. Room is the only world he knows, but for Ma, it is a prison in which she tried to create a normal life. When their world suddenly expands beyond the confines of their four walls, the consequences are extraordinary.
    Making healthy choices for the environment is very popular these days. Ian James has recently completed, “E is for Environment”. Making eco-friendly choices can be hard for busy families. This is a guide that makes saving the environment fun with stories to help children care for their world at home and school. This read-together book will help families see that the small things they do every day can make a big impact on the future.
    Come in and check out these or another book of your choice: Monday through Wednesday between noon and 8:00 p.m. or Thursday through Saturday between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.