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Nancy's Notes - August 21, 2014

"The Little Girl Who Fought the Great Depression: Shirley Temple and 1930s America" by John F. Kasson, "Delancey: A Man, a Woman, a Restaurant, A Marriage" by Molly Wizenberg, "Little Wolves" by Thomas Maltman - All Iowa Reads.

As summer winds down with the start of school, it is the perfect time to take some time to relax with a good book.  I am certain we have the perfect selection for you!

Who didn’t love Shirley Temple?  John F. Kasson has written a new biography, The Little Girl Who Fought the Great Depression: Shirley Temple and 1930s AmericaWe have the large print edition of this book.  Shirley Temple was the most famous of child stars of the 1930’s.  Amid the deprivation and despair of the Great Depression, she radiated “plucky good cheer,” working virtually almost every day of her childhood.   As an adult, she entered politics and became a diplomat, serving as United States Ambassador to Ghana and later to Czechoslovakia, and as Chief of Protocol of the United States.  Kasson chronicles the life of Shirley Temple  amid the context of FDR, the New Deal Politics, and the Great Depression and is a great selection for the Temple fan.

Delancey: A Man, a Woman, a Restaurant, A Marriage is the funny, frank memoir currently on the New York Times bestseller list.  This is Molly Wizenberg's 2nd book.  She is the voice behind the blog Orangette (named the best food blog by the London Times).  Her writings have also appeared in the magazine Bon Appetit.  Delancey is the pizza restaurant opened by Wizenberg and her husband, Brandon Pettit.  Brandon is a trained composer with some offbeat interests: espresso machines, wooden boats, violin-building, and ice cream making.  When Brandon decided to open a pizza restaurant, Molly was supportive; not because she wanted him to do it, but because the idea was so far-fetched that she did not think he actually would.  They built Delancey together, renovating, budgeting, developing a menu, and hiring a staff; each finding their own place in the restaurant business.   Delancey is an account of the give and take in a business and marital partnership.

Our Noon Book Club meets Thursday, August 28th to discuss the All Iowa Reads selection of Little Wolves by Thomas Maltman.  The book is set on the Minnesota prairie in the late 1980’s during a drout season that stressed area farms.  Little Wolves features the intertwining stories of a father searching for answers after his son commits murder and a pastor’s wife returning to the town for mysterious reasons of her own.  Little Wolves is a pentrating look at small-town America weaving together elements of folklore and Norse mythology among the backdrop of a murder mystery.  You are welcome to join the group for their discussion of Little Wolves!

We invite you to visit us at the Clarion Public Library:  Monday through Wednesday-Noon to 8; Thursday and Friday: 10:00 to 5:00; and, Saturday: 10:00 to 3:00.