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Nancy's Notes - February 27, 2014

Buried Memories: Katie Beers Story by Katie Beers, Concealed in Death by J.D. Robb, How to Care For Aging Parents by Virginia Morris.

  We closed early last week when the blizzard came through. I hate to sound like a broken record, but call during inclement weather to check and see if we are open. The city has done a great job cleaning the parking lot and scooping the sidewalks. They usually clean things out before we open and then staff tries to re-scoop during the day. With the amount of moisture and wind there are several slippery places that will not thaw, so please take your time getting to the building.
    It has been 20 years since Katie Beers, a profoundly neglected and abused child, was kidnapped on Long Island. Telling her never-before-told story, Buried Memories: Katie Beers Story , Beers tells her tale to one of the original  TV reporters who is following up on the story on the 20th anniversary of the event.  Abducted by a family friend, Katie was held captive in an underground cell for 17 days and sexually abused. Now the married, working mother has revealed her story of torment. The book includes details of her ordeal and the discovery of audio tapes recorded by her kidnapper during the captivity.
    We have now received, Concealed in Death, number 38 in J.D. Robb’s Eve Dallas series. This is probably our most popular series with both men and women. Robb, who writes mysteries, is probably better known as romance writer, Nora Roberts. 
In an empty New York building, Lieutenant Eve Dallas’s husband begins the demolition process by swinging a sledgehammer into a wall. When the dust clears, there are two skeletons wrapped in plastic behind it. He calls his wife and by the time she’s done with the crime scene, there are twelve murders to be solved. The place once housed a makeshift shelter for troubled teenagers and Eve tracks down the people who ran it. Between their recollections and the work of the force’s new forensic anthropologist, Eve begins to put names and faces to the remains. They are all young girls and they all had their stories. Then Eve discovers a connection between the victims and someone she knows. This makes her more determined to reveal the secrets of the place that was called The Sanctuary.
    We now have as many patrons looking for information on caring for the elderly as we do those looking for parenting tips. Our latest addition to that genre is, How to Care For Aging Parents. The book gives clear advice and support for the 42 million people who care for an elderly parent, relative, or friend. In its third edition, it is completely overhauled and updated with the most recent medical findings and recommendations. It includes a whole new chapter on fraud, helpful online resources, and things you need to know about current laws and regulations. 
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