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Nancy's Notes - April 21, 2016

“The Invention of Wings” By Sue Monk Kidd, “The Rainbow Comes and Goes” by Anderson Cooper, "Prime Time" by Hank Phillippi Ryan.

   I have been reading, “The Invention of Wings”, our latest selectin for two of our books clubs. Historical fiction is always my favorite, so I have been enjoying this selection. Kidd’s novel begins on Sarah Grimke’s eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership of ten year old Handful, who is to be her handmaid. Both are searching for their freedom, one from her life as a slave and the other with dreams that are unattainable because of her gender. We follow their journeys over the next thirty five years as both strive for a life of their own, forming a complex relationship. As the stories build to a   climax, Handful will find courage and a sense of self. Sarah will experience ostracism before leaving Charleston to find her place alongside her younger sister, Angelina, as one of the early pioneers in the abolition and women’s rights movements. Even if you are unable to meet for our book discussions, we encourage you to check out a copy to enjoy on your own. This is a great way to broaden your taste in reading.
        Anderson Cooper, the CNN journalist, has written, “The Rainbow Comes and Goes”, a book based on e-mail correspondence between him and his mother. When his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, suffered a serious illness at the age of ninety-one, the two resolved to change their relationship by beginning a year-long conversation about the things that matter to them, and what they still want to learn about each other. The book contains life stories, including their tragedies and joys. They share their most private thoughts and the truths they’ve learned along the way. In their words their distinctive personalities shine through, Anderson’s journalistic outlook on the world is a sharp contrast to his mother’s idealism and optimism.
        Seasoned investigative reporter Charlotte McNally knows that in the cutthroat world of television journalism, every story could be your last. There’s always someone younger and prettier to take your place, always a story more sensational to drive the ratings. When Brad Foreman’s widow demands to know why Charlie never answered his email, Charlie is confused. She never received his message. What did Brad, an accountant at a pharmaceutical company, want to tell her? As she searches through her computer, she finds an innocent-looking email in her junk mail folder that may turn out to be the biggest story of her career.
        Come in and check out one of these or many other great titles: Monday through Wednesday between noon and 8:00 p.m., Thursday and Friday between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., or Saturday between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.