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Nancy's Notes - August 22, 2013

Audio Books, “Beautiful Day” by Elin Hilderbrand, “Martha Stewart’s Favorite Crafts for Kids, “Double Double a Dual Memoir of Alcoholism” by Martha Grimes.

Audio books have been growing in popularity over the past few years. We just received a large order, so if you are on the road anytime soon you may want to stop in.
The list includes: Daddy’s Gone A Hunting, Porch Lights, Call for the Dead Jack Reacher: One Shot, Beautiful Ruins, The Silver Star, Step of Faith, Hotshot, The Eye of God, King’s Deception, Sweet Salt Air, The Great Gatsby, The Lost Years, Mobbed, Mistress, Murder of Quality, The Cove, and The Snowman. You should be able to find a variety to suit everyone.

I enjoy reading Elin Hilderbrand when I’m in the mood for something fairly light. Her latest is entitled, “Beautiful Day”. The Carmichaels and the Grahams have gathered on Nantucket for a wedding. Plans are being made according to the wishes of the bride's late mother, who left behind “The Notebook” which leaves very specific instructions for every detail of her youngest daughter's wedding. Everything should be falling into place for the beautiful event--but in reality, things are far from perfect.
Although the couple-to-be are quite happy, their loved ones find their own lives crumbling. In the days leading up to the wedding, love will be questioned and scandals will arise.

If you have some extra time on your hands and are entertaining younger family members, you may enjoy, “Martha Stewart’s Favorite Crafts for Kids”. It focuses on craft projects that children, aged three to twelve, can make with their parents. These projects are fun, and knowing Martha, they will serve a practical purpose.

Martha Grimes is a well-known mystery writer. Readers will be surprised by the content of her newest title, “Double Double a Dual Memoir of Alcoholism”. It is a dual memoir of alcoholism, a disease that affects nearly 45 million Americans each year. Now Martha Grimes and her son, Ken Grimes, offer two points of view on their struggles with alcoholism. In alternating chapters, they share their stories. For Martha, it was about drinking martinis at home, sometimes with friends, sometimes alone. For Ken, it was partying in bars and clubs. Each hit bottom. The memoir describes how different both the disease and the recovery can look in two different people—even two people who are mother and son.
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