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Nancy's Notes- April 25, 2013

Danny Steiber - Quilt Barn Speaker, “Helga’s Diary” by Francine Prose, “Mini Shopaholic” by Sophie Kinsella, “Taking Eve” by Iris Johansen.

Keep May 9 reserved on your calendar. Danny Steiber, an Iowa Barn Quilt Guru, will present a program at the library at 1:30 p.m. that day.  He will be showing slides on various quilts, telling the names of each, and answering questions about this art that the audience may have. The Wright County Tourism committee will hand out brochures with the location of barn quilts throughout our county, their name, and the meaning behind each. Do keep in mind this information has been passed on through oral storytelling so the accuracy may not be proven.


I enjoy history so when Francine Prose wrote “Helga’s Diary”, I was very interested in reading it. The book is the diary of a young girl who survived the Holocaust. In 1939, Helga Weiss was a young Jewish schoolgirl in Prague. Helga’s family endured the first wave of the Nazi invasion: her father was denied work; she was forbidden from attending regular school. As Helga witnessed the increasing Nazi brutality, she began documenting her experiences in a diary. In 1941, Helga and her parents were sent to the concentration camp of Terezín where Helga continued to write about her daily life: the squalid living quarters, the rationing of food, and the executions. In 1944 Helga and her family were sent to Auschwitz. Before she left, Helga’s uncle, who worked in the Terezín records department, hid her diary and drawings in a brick wall where he was able to reclaim them for her after the war. Of the 15,000 children brought to Terezín and later deported to Auschwitz, only 100 survived. Helga was one of them. Reconstructed from her original notebooks, the diary is presented in its entirety.


New to our library is “Mini Shopaholic”, a novel released by Sophie Kinsella in 2011.    Becky Brandon thinks that having a daughter is a dream come true, a shopping friend for life! But two-year-old Minnie has a quite different approach to shopping. The toddler creates havoc everywhere she goes. Her favorite word is “Mine!” and she’s even trying to get into eBay! On top of everything else, Becky and Luke are still living with her parents, the deal on house #4 has fallen through, when suddenly there’s a huge nationwide financial crisis. With people having to cut back, Becky decides to throw a surprise party for Luke to cheer everyone up. But when costs start to spiral out of control, she must decide whether to accept help from an unexpected source.


We now have, “Taking Eve”, the latest in Iris Johansen’s Eve Duncan series. Forensic sculptor Eve Duncan’s mission is to bring closure to the families whose loved ones have vanished.  She knows their anguish, her own daughter, Bonnie, was taken from her when Bonnie was just seven years old.  It is only recently that this mystery was resolved and Eve could begin her journey to peace.  Now, Jim Doane wants the same kind of answers that Eve always longed for.  His twenty-five-year old son may or may not be dead and he has only burned skull fragments as possible evidence.  But he cannot go to the police for answers without risking his own secrets and dark past.


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