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Nancy's Notes - October 11, 2012

“My Mother Was Nuts” by Penny Marshall, “Honor Bound” by Amanda Knox, “Killing Kennedy: the End of Camel.ot” by Bill O'Reilly

We’ve received several biographies this week that may interest you. The first, “My Mother Was Nuts”, is a memoir by Penny Marshall. She was interviewed about the book on the Today Show recently. She is best remembered for her role on LaVerne and Shirley and as director for the movie A League of Their Own. Marshall discusses how her  successful career began by accident. She goes on to tell readers about a personal life that included two marriages and one divorce, numerous famous friends, and her various adventures along the way. Penny tries to live by the rule: “try hard, help your friends, don’t get too crazy, and have fun.” 
    My second book, “Honor Bound” is the story of Amanda Knox and her then boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, who were accused of the murder of Knox’s roommate. The two were imprisoned for four years in Italy for Medrdith Kercher’s murder. Raffaele reveals what happened between him and Knox before, during and after the trial. He shares his changing relationship with Knox as it turned from giddy romance to a police interrogation. He was Knox’s only alibi and received pressure from family and friends to change his testimony to save his skin. Sollecito refused, knowing she would be lost forever without his help.
    Many of you have enjoyed Bill O’Reilly’s “Killing Lincoln”. The author is back with “Killing Kennedy: the End of Camelot”. It begins in 1961 as the Cold War is escalating and Kennedy struggles to contain the growth of communism. Kennedy’s popularity is soaring. At the same time he has also made several powerful enemies such as Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, and CIA director Allen Dulles. Then during the 1963 campaign trip to Texas, Kennedy is gunned down. O’Reilly believes the events leading up to the shooting are as shocking as the assassination itself.
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