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Nancy's Notes - January 3, 2013

“Collateral” by Ellen Hopkins, "Those we Love Most" by Lee Woodruff “The Giving Quilt” by Jennifer Chiaverini

We’ve had a lot of special holiday hours in the past couple of weeks. Hopefully we’re back in routine. However, if the weather is bad, call to make sure we are open during our regular hours.
Ellen Hopkins, who has written several of our young adult books, has a new adult fiction novel. Her latest is entitled “Collateral” where she introduces us to Ashley, a graduate student at San Diego State University. She was raised in northern California reading poetry and singing in her best friend’s band. The last thing she ever expected was to end up a military wife. But one night, she meets a handsome Marine named Cole.  He’s passionate and romantic, and he even writes poetry. Their relationship evolves into a love affair that goes on for five years and survives four deployments. Cole desperately wants Ashley to marry him, but when she meets another man, a college professor, with similar professional pursuits and values, she begins to see what life might be like outside the shadow of war.

Lee Woodruff, wife of war correspondent Bob Woodruff, has now written her first work of fiction:  "Those we Love Most".  Married to her college sweetheart, Pete, raising three young kids, with her parents nearby, life is good for Maura Corrigan. Then, one day, in a single turn of fate, that entire world comes crashing down and everything that she thought she knew changes. Maura must learn to move forward with the weight of grief, guilt and an unforgivable secret. Pete senses a gap growing between him and his wife but finds it easier to escape to the bar with his friends than face the flaws in his marriage.

Many of you have enjoyed the Elm Creek series. The latest installment is “The Giving Quilt”.  It begins at Elm Creek Manor, the week after Thanksgiving, also known as “Quiltsgiving,” a time to commence a season of generosity. Quilters from all over- a librarian, a teacher, a college student, and a quilt-shop clerk among them - gather for a special winter session of quilt camp, to make quilts for Project Linus. Each quilter, keeping in mind those in need, uses her creative gifts to alleviate their burden.

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