Personal tools

You are here: Home / Archive / 2012 / February 2012 / Nancy's Notes - February 9, 2012

Nancy's Notes - February 9, 2012

“Bright Not Broken” by Diane Kennedy, "Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope" by Jeffrey Zaslow, Mark Kelly and Gabrielle D. Giffords, “Jack Kennedy Elusive Hero” by Chris Matthews
 This week I’m going to let you know about three of our nonfiction titles. The first, “Bright Not Broken”, discusses the misdiagnosis of many of society’s most gifted children. Author Diane Kennedy believes the gifts and talents of some of our brightest children may never be recognized. These children, called twice exceptional, are both gifted and diagnosed with a disability such as ADHD or autism. Their talents are then overlooked as teachers and parents focus on their weaknesses. If they are lost in the diagnostic labels they are never given the tools to realize their potential. The author draws from her research and personal experience to show what we can do to help these children develop their gifts.
    It has now been one year since the shooting of Gabrielle Gifford in Tucson, Arizona. Gabby was the victim of an assassination attempt that left six people dead and thirteen wounded. Doctors called her survival of a gun-shot to the head miraculous. As her health improves she and husband Mark wanted to share their story. They tell of the challenges of a brain injury, the process of learning to communicate again, and the responsibilities that fall to their spouse. The couple also tells the story of how they were brought together. Gifford’s book is a reminder of the power and patience needed to overcome unimaginable obstacles.
Chris Matthews has written a biography, “Jack Kennedy Elusive Hero”. He based the book on personal interviews with those closest to JFK, oral histories by top political aide Kenneth O’Donnell, documents from his years as a student to Choate, and notes from Jacqueline Kennedy’s first interview after Dallas. Matthews writes of the origins of his inaugural call to, “Ask what you can do for your country”. You’ll learn of his role in the start of the Peace Corps, his stand on civil rights, his push to put a man on the moon, and his ban on nuclear arms testing. I did find one review on Amazon that mentioned a couple of discrepancies in the book. So read it and decide for yourself if the author hits the mark or not.
    Come in and see us: Monday through Wednesday between: noon and 8:00 p.m. or Thursday through Saturday between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.