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Nancy's notes - August 6, 2015

“The Guest Cottage” by Nancy Thayer, “The Knockoff” by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza, “Under Fire” by Tom Clancy.

        Our summer reading programs are now finished so I guess it’s time to get ready to go back to school. For returning students we have lists of school supplies available at the front desk.
        Receiving good reviews from several sources is, “The Guest Cottage”, by Nancy Thayer. Thirty-six-year-old Sophie Anderson has always known her role in life: supportive wife of a successful architect and capable mother of two. But she feels something is missing from her life. When her husband announces that he’s leaving her for another woman, Sophie realizes she has no idea what’s next. Impulsively renting a guest cottage on Nantucket from her friend, Sophie rounds up her kids and leaves Boston for a quiet family vacation. At the same time Trevor Black, a widower and software entrepreneur, is hoping for a quiet summer on the Nantucket coast. Trevor rents a guest house on a beautiful island from his friend Ivan Swenson. Best-laid plans run awry when Sophie and Trevor realize they’ve mistakenly rented the same house. Still, determined to make this a summer their kids will always remember, the two agree to share the Swensons’ Nantucket house.
        A little humor is always good medicine. If you need a pick-me-up “The Knockoff” could be just the ticket. When Imogen Tate returns to work at Glossy after six months away, she can barely recognize her own magazine. Eve, fresh out of Harvard Business School, has fired “the gray hairs,” put the managing editor in a supply closet, stopped using the landlines, and hired a group of manicured and questionably attired underlings who text and tweet their way through meetings. Imogen can’t tell Facebook from Foursquare and once got her iPhone stuck in Japanese for two days. Under Eve’s reign, Glossy is rapidly becoming a digital sweatshop.
        Jack Ryan is back in Tom Clancy’s, “Under Fire”. On a routine intelligence gathering mission in Tehran, Jack Ryan, Jr. has lunch with his oldest friend, Seth Gregory, an engineer overseeing a transcontinental railway project. As they part, Seth gives Jack a key, along with a puzzling message. The next day Jack is summoned to an apartment where two men claim Seth has disappeared along with funds for a vital intelligence operation. They insist Jack’s oldest friend has turned. They leave Jack with a warning:  If you hear from Seth Gregory, call us immediately. And do not get involved. But they don’t know Jack.
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