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Nancy's Notes - June 23, 2011

“Two Kisses for Maddy: a Memoir of Loss and Love” by Matt Logelin, “If You Ask Me” Biography of Betty White, “It Happened on the Way to War” by Rye Barcott.

  Parents of young children mark Thursday, June 30, on your calendar. That is the date for our second summer presentation. Wonder Weavers, storytellers from the Minneapolis area, will be on hand to entertain children of all ages. Their program entitled,  Passport to Fun , ties in with our summer theme, One World Many Stories. These two former teachers are a lot of fun. They use some props and also have children interact with them as they tell their tales. Preschool children need to be accompanied by a responsible person.
    This week I several nonfiction selections that might be of interest. The first is, “Two Kisses for Maddy”. Matt and Liz Logelin were high school sweethearts who after many years of long-distance dating married and had the perfect life. They had a new home and a baby on the way. Liz’s pregnancy was rocky but they welcomed Maddy, a healthy baby, in 2008. Twenty-seven hours later, Liz suffered a pulmonary embolism and died. Confronted with overwhelming grief, Matt did not give in, but chose to move forward for Maddie. Matt shares anecdotes of his courtship and marriage, of his reflections of becoming a single father, and of the on-line community of strangers who gave him support.
    Betty White’s popularity has reemerged in the past couple of years. She now has a biography out entitled, “If You Ask Me”. White gives her observations through humorous stories from her seven decade career. She discusses topics such as the unglamorous reality behind the red carpet to her beauty regime. The material basically reflects events from the last fifteen years of her life.
    The final memoir is about Rye Barcott. His story, “It Happened on the Way to War”, begins in 2000. Barcott spent part of the summer living in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya. He was a twenty-year-old college student heading into the Marines. His goals was to understand ethnic violence. Rye learned Swahili and listened to young people talk about how they survived amidst poverty that he never imagined existed. This is the story of how he and two others formed an organization, Carolina for Kibera. Their goal was to build a nongovernmental organization in a volatile place and help develop a new generation of leaders from within. While serving in the Marines, he continued his leadership in CFK in Iraq, Bosnia, and the Horn of Africa.
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