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Nancy's Notes - September 17, 2015

“Last Bus to Wisdom” by Ivan Doig, “Luckiest Girl Alive” by Jessica Knoll, “Good Mourning”, by Elizabeth Meyer.

Nancy’s Notes

        The new television season has not begun and what is being rebroadcast right now wasn’t all that great the first time. That makes it a great time to check out a book to enjoy instead of complaining about the programming schedule.
        New to the stacks is, “Last Bus to Wisdom”, by Ivan Doig. The author passed away in April of 2015 so this will be the final novel of the popular writer. The story is about eleven-year-old Donal Cameron who is being raised by his grandmother. She is the cook at the legendary Double W ranch at Two Medicine Country of the Montana Rockies.  But when Gram has to have surgery in the summer of 1951, all she can think to do is to ship Donal off to her sister in faraway Wisconsin. There Donal is in for a rude surprise, Aunt Kate is bossy, opinionated, and tyrannical, nothing like Gram. Kate henpecks her easy going husband, Herman the German, and Donal can’t seem to get on her good side either. After one argument too many, Kate packs him back to Montana on the next Greyhound bus. But as it turns out, Donal isn’t traveling alone, Herman the German has decided to fly the coop with him
        Jessica Knoll, a senior editor at Cosmopolitan magazine, has recently written the novel, “Luckiest Girl Alive”. As a teenager at the prestigious Bradley School, Ani FaNelli endured a shocking, public humiliation that left her desperate to reinvent herself. Now, with a glamorous job, expensive wardrobe, and handsome blue blood fiancé, she’s very close to living the perfect life she’s worked so hard to achieve. But Ani has a secret. There’s something else buried in her past that still haunts her, something private and painful that threatens to bubble to the surface and destroy everything.
        If you think that memoirs are usually boring you might try “Good Mourning”, by Elizabeth Meyer. Raised on the posh Upper East Side of Manhattan, her family and friends were shocked when she applied for a position at one of New York’s most well-known funeral homes. She was a college grad who had interned for designers and PR firms. Having partied and vacationed with well-to-do friends, she changed her career path after her father’s funeral. Elizabeth realized she could help others celebrate the lives of their loved ones. Soon she was making arrangements for movie stars, musicians, tycoons, and powerful family heads. Meyer was soon on her way to becoming the city’s leading funeral planner.
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