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Nancy's Notes - January 8, 2015

"Killing Patton” by Bill O' Reilly, “Paris Match” by Stuart Woods, “Lila” by Marilynne Robinson.

        One of our most popular DVD series is “Downton Abbey”. The public television serial began its fifth season last Sunday. If you have forgotten what had happened in the preceding seasons or have just begun watching, stop in and check out the other four seasons.
        Bill O’Reilly has been interviewed many times in the past few years regarding his biographies on Lincoln and Jesus. His latest, “Killing Patton”, has received great reviews from the press as well as our patrons. General George S. Patton, Jr. died under mysterious circumstances in the months following the end of World War II. For almost seventy years, there has been suspicion that his death was not an accident and may very well have been an act of assassination. The book takes readers inside the final year of the war and recounts the events surrounding Patton’s death, naming names of the many powerful individuals who wanted him silenced.
        Stuart Woods, “Paris Match”, is the latest in his Stone Barrington series.
Stone Barrington has returned to Paris to attend to some business concerns, and finds himself involved in high-stakes trouble on both sides of the ocean. An old enemy is still in hot pursuit, and this time he might have a powerful local resource on his side, someone with his own ax to grind against Stone. Back in the United States, the rumor mill threatens to derail a project of vital importance, not just to Stone, but to the nation. Though Stone is no stranger to peril, never before has he faced threats from so many directions at one time.
        Marilynne Robinson’s, “Lila”, involves a woman who is homeless and alone after years of roaming the countryside. She steps inside a small-town Iowa church, the only available shelter from the rain, and begins a romance that will reshape her life. She becomes the wife of a minister, John Ames, and begins a new existence while trying to make sense of the life that preceded her newfound security. Neglected as a toddler, Lila was rescued by Doll, a young drifter, and brought up by her enduring a hard childhood. Together they lived a life on the run, living hand to mouth with nothing but their bond to protect them. Despite bouts of petty violence and moments of desperation, their shared life was laced with moments of joy and love. When Lila arrives in Gilead, she struggles to reconcile the life of her makeshift family and their days of hardship with the gentle Christian worldview of her husband.
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