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Nancy's Notes - January 21, 2015

"The Longest Night" by Andria Williams, "In This Together" by Ann Romney.

    In my article last week I mentioned the Bridges database listed on our website which has e-books and audiobooks available for check-out. They are now experimenting with streaming a few videos. There are two or three pages of titles available. The movies they have purchased are very old, black and white movies from the 40’s, but there are still some fun titles. Again all you need to use this service is a current library card.
        The first book I am writing about, “The Longest Night”, is supposed to be based on a true story of the only fatal nuclear accident to occur in America. However, I’m quite sure the characters in the book are fictional. In 1959, Nat Collier moves with her husband, Paul, and their two daughters to Idaho Falls, a remote military town. An Army Specialist, Paul is stationed there to help oversee one of the country’s first nuclear reactors. On his rounds, Paul discovers that the reactor is compromised, placing his family and the entire community in danger. Worse, his superiors set out to cover up the problem rather than fix it. Paul can’t bring himself to tell Nat the truth, but his lies only widen a growing gulf between them.
        Receiving high marks is, “In This Together”, by Ann Romney. She and husband Mitt met in their late teens. Their life together would be blessed: five healthy sons, financial security, and a home filled with joy. They had a storybook life. Then, in 1998, Ann was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. There were no therapies or treatments to help her. Mitt told her that day that they would tackle the diagnosis as a team: They were in it together. "As long as it isn't fatal, we're fine. If you have to be in a wheelchair, I'll be right there to push it," he told her. And Ann thought, "But I'll be the one in the wheelchair." A caregiver and helper her whole life, she'd crossed a terrible invisible line. She wouldn't be able to care for her family anymore. From reflections on her early life, her marriage, and her diagnosis and recovery, the sources of her faith, and the stories of others who overcame adversity and inspired her to keep going.
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