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Nancy's Notes - May 2, 2013

"Whiskey Beach" by Nora Roberts, "Her"-memoir- by Christa Parravani, "Family Pictures" by Jane Green,

It looks like spring may be here.  We hope you can find a perfect read for relaxing on your porch or patio with an iced tea!  Here are few suggestions.


Nora Roberts has a new book out in Whiskey Beach. The story takes place at Bluff House which sits above Whiskey Beach.  It is a landmark and a legend and also home to Eli Landon.  Eli is a Boston lawyer who has just weathered a year of public scrutiny and police investigation after being accused of murdering his soon-to-be ex-wife.  Seeking refuge at Bluff House, he meets Abra.  With her support, Eli works to solve the murder of his wife and clear his name.  But, Bluff House has many mysteries of its own.  Eli and Abra will become entangled in a centuries-old net of half truths and rumors.  Fans of Nora Roberts will likely be pleased with this latest book.

Her is a memoir by Christa Parravani.  Christa and her identical twin, Cara, have a strong bond beyond that of a sibling, sister, or friend.  Despite being raised in poverty by a single mom, the gifted and beautiful twins earn their way to a prestigious college and careers (Christa as a photographer and Cara as a writer.) Both married and seemed to be on their individual road to success.  Cara, however, is haunted by childhood experiences with father figures as well as rape as a young adult.  She endures depression, drugs, and a shocking early death.  A few years after Cara’s death, Christa reads that when an identical twin dies, 50 percent of the time the surviving twin dies within two years.  Although heart-wrenching, this book is Christa’s accounts of being left, one half of a whole, and her desperate, but triumphant survival.

Family Pictures, authored by Jane Green, is a novel about two women whose lives intersect when a shocking secret is revealed. This is a story about what it means to be a mother and a wife, about trust and family, and the strength of women when tested.  Sylvie and Maggie are living on opposite coasts with children about to leave home.  When Eve, Sylvie’s daughter befriends Maggie’s daughter, similarities between their moms as well as dark secrets from the past will be revealed.  Will Maggie and Sylvie be able to forgive?

Come visit us at the Clarion Public Library: Monday thru Wednesday, Noon to 8:00 and Thursday thru Saturday, 10:00 to 5:00.  Also, remember Danny Steieber, an Iowa Barn Quilt Guru, will be presenting a program at the library at 1:30 on May 9.  He will be showing slides on various quilts, telling the names of each, and answering questions.  It’s sure to be a fun program!

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