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Nancy's Notes - October 30, 2014

“Not Fade Away: A Memoir of Senses Lost and Found” by Rebecca Alexander, “Burn” by James Patterson, “Haunted” by Kay Hooper.

 Last week was wild with fun activities for all ages. Monday and Friday the local preschool students came in for Halloween stories and finger plays. Thursday we had our toddler time first thing in the morning, book club at noon, and students, grades 3-5, after school. Those who attended our activities that afternoon helped decorate some crazy pumpkins that are set around the library. They also made scarecrows, which have been a hit with the younger children. Saturday we gave out several bags of candy to trick-or-treaters who were visiting businesses on Main Street. 
    Rebecca Alexander’s “Not Fade Away: A Memoir of Senses Lost and Found”, is our newest autobiography. Born with a rare genetic mutation called Usher Syndrome type III, Rebecca Alexander has been simultaneously losing both her sight and hearing since she was a child. She was told that she would likely be completely blind and deaf by age 30. Then, at 18, a fall from a window left her body completely shattered. What Rebecca did then was rise to every challenge she faced refusing to lose her drive and her zest for life. Now, at 35, with only a sliver of sight and deteriorated hearing, she is a psychotherapist with two masters’ degrees from Columbia University and an athlete who teaches spin classes and regularly competes in extreme endurance races. She greets every day as if it were a gift.
    Now that James Patterson uses several co-authors on his books, he pumps them out as quickly as you can read them. His latest entitled, “Burn” is the newest of the Michael Bennett series. The detective and his family return to New York City after the crime lord whose vengeful mission forced the Bennett family into hiding has been brought down for good. Back in the city that never sleeps, Bennett takes over a chaotic Outreach Squad in Harlem, where he receives an unusual call: a man claims to have seen a group of well-dressed men holding a bizarre party in a condemned building. With no clear crime or evidence, Bennett dismisses the report. But when a charred body is found in that very same building, he is forced to take the demented caller seriously and is drawn into an underground criminal world of depravity.
    Kay Hooper’s, “Haunted” has received high marks in different articles.  It is a thriller that takes place in the small Georgia town of Sociable. Deacon James receives a call from his terrified, younger sister, Melanie. She believes she is living in the middle of a paranormal nightmare. Two local men have been killed under mysterious circumstances and she is the prime suspect. Trinity Nichols left a high-stress job for a quiet life in Sociable. News of the murders has left her, and the town on edge. Her investigation into the men’s deaths yields more than she bargained for when a group of strangers who have descended on the town seem to know more about its residents than they should.
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