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Nancy's Notes - November 13, 2014

"The Keeper” by John LesCroart, “The Worst Hard Time”, by Timothy Egan, “That Night by Chevy Tevens

Nancy’s Notes

   Halloween is over and Thanksgiving and Christmas are coming soon! With the holidays comes “The Spirit of Giving”, a program for those in need at Christmas. We will have a tree, with names and ages of children needing Christmas gifts, available in our facility. Staff member Deb Sebby is on the committee for this project and would be happy to answer any questions you might have.
   John LesCroart is ready to fill your need for suspense in, “The Keeper”. 
On the evening before Thanksgiving, Hal Chase, a guard in the San Francisco County Jail, drives to the airport to pick up his step-brother for the weekend. When they return, Hal’s wife, Katie, has disappeared without a clue. By the time Dismas Hardy hears about this, Katie has been missing for five days. The case strikes close to home because Katie had been seeing Hardy’s wife, a marriage counselor. By this time, the original Missing Persons case has become a suspected homicide, and Hal is the prime suspect  and the lawyer he wants for his defense is none other than Hardy himself. 
   One of our book club’s read, “The Worst Hard Time”, by Timothy Egan. It is the story of those who survived the Dust Bowl. I believe this was also made into a documentary for PBS.  The dust storms that terrorized America's High Plains in the worst years of the Depression were like nothing ever seen before or since. Egan follows a half-dozen families and their communities through the rise and fall of the region, going from sod homes to new framed houses to huddling in basements with the windows sealed by damp sheets in a futile effort to keep the dust out. He follows their attempts to carry on through blinding black blizzards, crop failure, and the deaths of loved ones. 
   Chevy Tevens’, “That Night”, should prove to be good reading. As a teenager, Toni Murphy had a life full of typical adolescent complications. Things weren’t always easy, but Toni could never have predicted how horrific they would become until her younger sister was brutally murdered one summer night. Toni and her boyfriend, Ryan, were convicted of the murder and sent to prison. At thirty-four, Toni, is out on parole and back in her hometown, struggling to adjust to a new life on the outside. Prison changed her, hardened her, and she’s doing everything in her power to avoid violating her parole and going back. No matter how hard she tries, ignoring her old life to start a new one is impossible. Before Toni can truly move on, she must risk everything to find out what really happened that night.
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