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Nancy's Notes - July 4, 2013

“My Beloved World” by Sonja Sotomayor, “A Hundred Summers” by Beatriz Williams, "Mr. Monk Get's Even" by Lee Goldberg

I’m sort of on over-load right now. We had a great afternoon today with the Blank Park Zoo. I quit counting those in attendance when I got up to 110. Kids and grownups alike enjoyed seeing animals that borrow. Before leaving everyone had a chance to pet a tortoise. Does it get any better than that?

Sonja Sotomayor, the first Hispanic and third woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court, has written, “My Beloved World”. She recounts her life from a Bronx housing project to the federal bench. Her journey shows her determination and the power of believing in oneself. It is the story of her childhood, with an alcoholic father (who died when she was nine) and an overworked mother, and of the refuge she sought at home with her spirited paternal grandmother. But it was when she was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes that Sonia recognized she must ultimately depend on herself. With only television characters for her professional role models she was determined to become a lawyer, a dream that would sustain her on an unlikely course, from valedictorian of her high school class to the highest honors at Princeton, Yale Law School, the New York County District Attorney’s office, private practice, and appointment to the Federal District Court before the age of forty.

Beatriz Williams', “A Hundred Summers”, begins on Memorial Day, 1938. New York socialite, Lily Dane, has just returned, with her family, to the oceanfront community of Seaview, Rhode Island.  She is expecting another peaceful summer season, among familiar traditions and friendships that have kept her going after a major heartbreak. That is, until Greenwalds decide to take up residence in Seaview.  Nick and Budgie Greenwald are an unwelcome part of Lily’s past: her former best friend and her former fiancé, now recently married.

Our “ Monk” series has been very popular. His latest adventure is entitled, “Mr. Monk Gets Even”. The future is looking bright for Adrian Monk. Natalie is working as a cop in Summit, his brother is a week away from getting married, and Monk has a new assistant—and even a girlfriend. All this change doesn’t keep him from work, though. He’s investigating a string of accidental deaths and suicides that he believes are actually murders. But when Monk’s suspect is killed, he must face the fact that he might be wrong. Have stability and happiness robbed Monk of his mojo?

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