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Nancy's Notes - September 10, 2015

“How to be a Grown-up” by Emma McLaughlin, “One Way or Another” by Elizabeth Adler, “Who Do You Love” by Jennifer Weiner.

        Deb and I are trying to be tech savvy. I’m not sure if it’s working, but we started an Instagram account a couple of weeks ago. You can follow us at #ClarionIowaPublicLibrary  or on Facebook. We would be happy to have you follow us with either of these platforms.
        If you want a fun read, “How to be a Grown-up” may be the ticket. Rory McGovern is entering the prime of her life when her husband, Blake, loses his dream job and announces he feels like “taking a break” from being a husband and father. Rory, who was already spread thin, now finds herself the single-parent of two kids, juggling their science projects, flu season, and pajama days, while coming to terms with her failing marriage. Without her husband’s income her only hope is to accept a full-time position working for two full-time twenty-somethings. Fresh out of school, these girls think they know it all and have been given the millions from venture capitalists to back up their delusion that the future of digital media is a high-end “lifestyle” site for kids! Can Rory learn to decipher her bosses’ lingo, texts, and illogical dictates? With her family hanging by a thread, Rory must adapt to this digitized, over-glamorized, self-absorbed world of millennials.
        I enjoy the novels of Elizabeth Adler. Her latest, “One Way or Another”,  begins as Angie Morse is standing on the deck of a large luxury yacht. When she feels a blow to her head from a champagne bottle and push she finds herself in the water. Angie can see people on the yacht, but they don't seem to notice that she is gone, and all seem to have deliberately turned their backs as the yacht begins to slowly pull away from her. These are her friends. Two of them had a reason for getting rid of her, though she would never have thought it would come to this.
        Jennifer Weiner has become quite popular with our readers. Her novel, “Who Do You Love”, looks like a winner. Rachel Blum and Andy Landis are just eight years old when they meet one night in an ER waiting room. Born with a congenital heart defect, Rachel is a regular at hospitals, and she’s intrigued by the boy who shows up alone with a broken arm. He tells  her his name. She tells him a story. After Andy’s taken back to a doctor and Rachel’s sent back to her bed, they think they’ll never see each other again. Rachel grows up in a well-to-do Florida suburb, the popular daughter of two over-protective parents. Andy grows up poor in Philadelphia with a single mom. Over the next three decades, Andy and Rachel will meet again and again, linked by chance and the memory of the first time they met.
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