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Nancy's Notes - June 21, 2012

“Little Century” by Anna Keesey, “The Bourne Imperative" by Robert Ludlum, “Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake” by Anna Quindlen
    Our first summer reading program is now finished. Make sure to mark our next session on your calendar. June 28 at 1:00 p.m. “Creations with a twist”, featuring Daniel Poe, a balloon artist and story teller, will be at the library. Poe will present “Beyond My Wildest Dreams”. The program includes poems and folk tales. This is an inter-active presentation. Children who can read will be able to help tell the stories and keep their balloon headgear. Preschoolers must be accompanied by a responsible caregiver.
    Three new boxes of books arrived this week. We are moving as fast as we can to get them ready for the shelves. We have something for everyone, young and old alike.
    Many of our readers enjoy western adventures. Anna Keesey’s “Little Century” is our latest in historical fiction. Orphaned after the death of her mother, eighteen-year-old Esther Chambers heads west in search of her only living relative. She is met in Century, Oregon, by her distant cousin, Ferris Pickett. He leads her to a cabin by a lake called Half-a-Mind. There she begins her new life as a homesteader. If she can hold out for five years, the land will join Pick’s large spread. Esther discovers the town is in the midst of a range war. There’s plenty of land, but it is not enough for the ranchers- it’s cattle against sheep, with water at a premium. Incidents of violence swiftly escalate and Esther finds her sympathies divided between her cousin and a sheepherder named Ben.
    The next in Robert Ludlum’s Bourne series is now available. Entitled, “The Bourne Imperative”, it begins as Jason Bourne fishes a man out of the sea. Near death, half-drowned, and bleeding from a gunshot wound, the man awakens with no memory. Then Bourne discovers that the Mossad agent named Rebeka is determined to find this injured man. Do the answers to his mysteries lie back in Lebanon, in a secret encampment to which Bourne and Rebeka escaped following a firefight weeks ago?
    Anna Quindlen has been known in our library for her fictional novels. Her latest is a non-fiction title, “Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake”. Quindlen uses her past, present, and future to explore what matters most to women at different ages. She discusses marriage, girlfriends, stuff, our bodies, and parenting. 
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