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Nancy's Notes - November 21, 2013

“Last Reader Standing” by Archie Willard, “Pure Joy the Dogs We Love” by Danielle Steele, "Sycamore Row" by John Grisham, “Candlelight Christmas” by Susan Wiggs.

 I had around 100 preschoolers come and listen to stories, enjoy a couple finger plays, and sing a song or two in the past couple of days. I have to say, I think that’s the best part of my job. They are so eager and loving.
    We would like to thank Security Savings Bank for the donation of “Last Reader Standing”. It is a biography of the man who learned to read at age 54. Archie lost his job at meat packing plant after thirty-one years. He had kept his illiteracy a secret throughout his life. He was now forced to deal with his secret when he needed to hunt for a new job in mid-life. Growing up, struggling with dyslexia, he was seated in the back of his classroom and labeled as stupid. After learning to read Archie became a national figure and joined Barbara Bush for her Literacy Foundation fundraisers. Now at age eighty-two, Archie continues to work with literacy issues.
    Danielle Steel is well known for romantic fiction but every once in a while she comes out with something biographical. Her latest is, “Pure Joy the Dogs We Love”. In this memoir, Steel tells the story of how she met a dog the size of a mouse with a big personality. Her adventures provide the perfect backdrop for a look at the magic that dogs bring to our lives, and how they become part of the family, making lasting memories. We also meet Steel’s childhood pug, James; and Elmer, the basset hound who was at her side in her struggling days as a young writer; Sweet Pea who was unveiled in a Tiffany box for a dog-loving husband and all those dogs who shared a household of nine children, other canines, and one potbellied pig. 
    John Grisham’s first book was, “A Time To Kill”. Now he has brought back the same characters in the same courthouse location. Jake Brigance once again finds himself embroiled in a controversial trial that will expose old racial tensions and force Ford County to confront its tortured history. Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, three years earlier.
    Susan Wiggs newest installment in her Lakeshore Chronicles is entitled, “Candlelight Christmas”. A single father who yearns to be a family man, Logan O'Donnell is determined to create the perfect Christmas for his son, Charlie. The entire O'Donnell clan arrives to spend the holidays in Avalon, on the shores of Willow Lake, a place for the family to reconnect and rediscover the special gifts of the season.
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