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Nancy's Notes - November 24, 2011

“1225 Christmas Tree Lane" by Debbie Macomber, “The Christmas Note” by Donna Van Liere, Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson.

    A little over one month until Christmas so now is the time to enjoy a Christmas novel. Debbie Macomber is a favorite of many of our readers. She has written, “1225 Christmas Tree Lane”, to add to your holiday spirit. Beth Morehouse expects this Christmas to be one of her best. Her Christmas-tree farm is prospering, her daughters and her dogs are happy and well, and her new relationship with the local vet is showing promise. Then someone leaves a basket filled with puppies on her doorstep and she must find them a good home. The complications get worse when her daughters invite their dad, Beth’s ex, to join them for Christmas. The girls have visions of their parents having a happy reunion during the holidays.
    Donna Van Liere’s Christmas book, “The Christmas Note”, tells of the journal of two very different women who embark on a journey together. Gretchen Daniels has recently moved into a condo with her two children to be closer to her mother. A mysterious young woman, Melissa McCreary, lives next door to them. She has few possessions and keeps to herself. One day a landlord who is looking for Melissa knocks on Gretchen’s door asking for assistance. Melissa’s mother has died and in the coming weeks the landlord needs Melissa to empty her mother’s apartment. Gretchen reaches out to help Melissa, but the apartment is a shambles. There is little worth saving except for a few photos and a note that is discovered beside the bed. It is unfinished, but in the two scribbled lines Melissa discovers secrets about her family that she never could have imagined.
    We now have the new Steve Jobs biography. It is based on interviews with Jobs conducted over two years as well as interviews with family, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues. Issacson’s book shows his intense passion and drive for perfection. Jobs revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing and digital publishing. He cooperated fully with the author and put no subject off limits. He also encouraged the people he knew to speak honestly. Jobs was driven by demons and could drive those around him to fury and despair, but his personality and the products he invented were interrelated.
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