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Nancy's Notes - December 25, 2014

"Still LIfe" by Louise Penny, "The Boston Girl" by Anita Diamant, "The Escape" by John Baldacci

        We will have special holiday hours. The library will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas as well as New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. We will be open the Friday and Saturday following both holidays.
        The first book in Louise Penny’s Armand Gamache Series is entitled, “Still Life”.
Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surêté du Québec and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal. Jane Neal, a local from the small town of Three Pines, just north of the U.S. border, has been found dead in the woods. The locals are certain it’s a hunting accident but Gamache smells something foul and is certain that Jane Neal died at the hands of someone much more sinister than a careless bowhunter.
        Anita Diamant’s, “The Boston Girl”, has gotten good reviews in several publications. Addie Baum is The Boston Girl, born in 1900 to immigrant parents who were suspicious of America and its effect on their three daughters. Growing up in the North End, a multicultural neighborhood, Addie’s intelligence and curiosity take her to a world her parents can’t imagine, a world of short skirts, movies, celebrity culture, and new opportunities for women. Addie wants to finish high school and dreams of going to college. She wants a career and to find true love. Eighty-five-year-old Addie tells the story of her life to her twenty-two-year-old granddaughter, who wants to know how she got to be the woman she is currently. She begins in 1915from the one-room tenement apartment she shared with her parents and two sisters, to the library group for girls she joins at a neighborhood settlement house, to her first, disastrous love affair.
        John Baldacci brings John Puller back in his latest, “The Escape”.  It takes place in a prison unlike any other. Military discipline rules. Its security systems are unmatched. None of its prisoners dream of escaping. They know it's impossible until John Puller's older brother, Robert, was convicted of treason and national security crimes. His inexplicable escape from prison makes him the most wanted criminal in the country. Some in the government believe that John Puller represents their best chance at capturing Robert alive, and so Puller must bring in his brother to face justice. But Puller quickly discovers that his brother is pursued by others who don't want him to survive. Puller is in turn pushed into an uneasy partnership with another agent, who may have an agenda of her own.
        Come in and see us for some movies to enjoy over the holiday, but please note the days we will be closed.

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