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Nancy's Notes - July 19, 2012

Mrs. Kennedy and Me is written by Clint Hill, Opening My heart: A Journey from Nurse to Patient and Back Again by Tilda Shalof, Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake by Anna. Quindlen

We have just finished another Summer Reading activity and have only one left.  The last event will be held on Wednesday, July 18 at 1:00 in the library’s community room.  It is a Camping Day.  Children will want to be sure and come to see what camping adventures await them at the library!


With many new books, there is still much for the adults as well.  Three new biographies have arrived and each has a unique story to tell. 


Mrs. Kennedy and Me is written by Clint Hill.  Mr. Hill was the Secret Service Agent assigned to Jacqueline Kennedy for four years, beginning after the 1960 election of John F. Kennedy and ending in 1964 with the election of President Lyndon Johnson.  During this time, he went from being a reluctant guardian to a fiercely loyal watchdog for the entire Kennedy family.  This book is filled with unforgettable details of the JFK presidency as well as the personal life of Mrs. Kennedy.  It ends with the tragedy that haunts Mr. Hill for fifty years. 


In Opening My heart: A Journey from Nurse to Patient and Back Again, the reader meets Tilda Shalof.  Tilda is a nurse who had been taking care of critically ill patients in an intensive care unit for twenty-seven years when she is forced to face her own health symptoms.  When results come in, Tilda is in need of an immediate open-heart surgery to replace a defective valve and to repair damage to her heart.  Her story follows her diagnosis, her hospital stay, rehabilitation, and her return to work.  She shares her own personal journey of healing as well as her humorous outlook.


Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake is more of a light-hearted read compared to the other two selections.  Anna Quindlen is a best selling author and Pulitzer Prize winner.  In her memoir, she looks back and ahead at her life, celebrating it all as she considers girlfriends, marriage, our mothers, faith, loss, and all of that “stuff” in our closets.  From childhood memories to manic motherhood to middle age, Quindlen uses the events of her life to illuminate our own.


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