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Nancy's Notes - May 14, 2015

Book selection past and present, “American Wife: Love, War, Faith, and Renewal” by Taya Kyle, “The Sound of Glass” by Karen White

  I came across an articles written in 1908 regarding the purchase of library materials.  It stated, “At a meeting of library board on Saturday night President Nagle appointed the following committees for the selection of books: Messrs. Humphrey and Benson, historical works, magazines and newspapers; Messrs. Nagle and Walker, fiction and juvenile books; Messrs. Alexander and Weber, miscellaneous. A meeting will be held Saturday night to further consider the matter.” I assume this committee was used only for the original purchase of materials before the library opened. This was an interesting concept, having a committee purchase the materials for the new library.  Today purchases are made with input by the entire staff. We review magazines from some of the vendors as well as considering requests from patrons and lists of best sellers.
        Patrons expressed a huge interest in reading, “American Sniper”, both before and after the movie was released. Now Taya Kyle, the widow of the slain soldier, has written a memoir. I was hesitant to purchase the book since interest in Chris Kyle’s story has waned over the past few months. The story entitled, “American Wife: Love, War, Faith, and Renewal” has received very high ratings in several reviews I have read, so we have purchased a copy. In early 2013, Taya Kyle and her husband Chris were the happiest they ever had been. Their decade-long marriage had survived years of war that took Chris, a U.S. Navy SEAL, away from Taya and their two children for long stretches while he put his life on the line in many major battles of the Iraq War. After struggling to readjust to life out of the military, Chris had found new purpose in redirecting his lifelong dedication to service supporting veterans and their families. Their love had deepened, and, most special of all, their family was whole. On February 2, 2013, Chris and his friend Chad Littlefield were killed while attempting to help a troubled vet. The life Chris and Taya fought so hard to build together was shattered. In an instant, Taya became a single parent of two. A young woman facing the rest of her life without the man she loved. And yet throughout, friendship, family, and a deepening faith were lifelines that sustained her and the kids when the sorrow became too much. Two years after her husband’s tragic death, Taya has found renewed meaning and connection to Chris by advancing their shared mission of “serving those who serve others,” particularly military and first-responder families.
        Fiction readers should enjoy Karen White’s, “The Sound of Glass”. It has been two years since the death of Merritt Heyward’s husband, Cal, when she receives unexpected news. Cal’s family home in Beaufort, South Carolina, now belongs to Merritt. Feeling guilt from her husband’s tragic death Merritt travels from her home in Maine to Beaufort, where the secrets of Cal’s unspoken-of past reside among the Heyward home. This unknown legacy, will change Merritt’s life as she comes to terms with the arrival of her too young stepmother and ten-year-old half-brother.
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