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Nancy's notes - Sept. 19, 2013

10 most challenged titles of 2012, “Mistress” by James Patterson, “The English Girl” by Daniel Silva

I received an e-mail this week from our regional office. It had a list of the American Library Associations 10 most challenged titles of 2012. I thought you might find the list interesting, especially since three of them have been used in our book club.

Here we go: 1 Captain Underpants, 2 The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian, 3 Thirteen reasons Why, 4 Fifty Shades of Grey, 5 And Tango Makes Three, 6 The Kite Runner, 7 Looking for Alaska, 8 Scary Stories, 9 The Glass Castle, and 10 Beloved. The most common reason was offensive language or inappropriate for age group.

James Patterson’s latest, written with David Ellis, is entitled, “Mistress”. Ben isn't like most people. He's a man consumed by his obsessions such as Diana Hotchkiss, a beautiful woman Ben knows he can never have. When Diana is found dead outside her apartment, Ben's infatuation drives him on a hunt to find out what happened to her. He soon discovers that Diana was hiding a shocking double life. To her family she was a sweet Midwestern girl, but to the political world of Washington, D.C. she used her sexual prowess to manipulate others. And now someone is out to stop Ben from uncovering the truth about Diana's illicit affairs.

The latest by Daniel Silva is, “The English Girl”. Madeline Hart is rising quickly in the Britain’s governing party. Coming from a childhood of poverty, Hart is filled with ambitition. She is also a woman with a dark secret, she is the having an affair with   Prime Minister Jonathan Lancaster. When her kidnappers learn of the affair, they try to make the Prime Minister pay for his sins. Afraid that the scandal will destroy his career, Lancaster decides to handle the matter privately rather than involve the police.

Come in and check out these or any other good books: Monday through Wednesday between noon and 8:00 p.m., Thursday and Friday between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., or Saturday between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.