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Nancy's Notes - July 17, 2014

“Stronger” by Jeff Bauman, “Otherwise Engaged” by Amanda Quick, “The Silkworm” by Robert Galbraith

Nancy’s Notes
    We have had fun at our summer reading programs. Our next session will be held on THURSDAY, July 24. Magician extraordinaire, Rick Brammer will present at 1:00 p.m. I have seen him at two different events and he is a lot of fun.  He does magic tricks, tells jokes, and can make amazing balloon animals. I’m not sure what he has up his sleeve for the afternoon but you can bet it will be enjoyed be the entire audience.

    It’s already been over a year since the Boston Marathon bombing. That tragic day is no longer a popular topic with the media. We have recently purchased “Stronger”, written by survivor Jeff Bauman. When Bauman woke up on Tuesday, April 16th, 2013 in the Boston Medical Center, after a series of surgeries and missing his legs, the first thing he did was try to speak. When he realized he couldn't, he asked for a pad and paper and wrote down seven words: "Saw the guy. Looked right at me," setting off one of the biggest manhunts in the country's history. Up until the marathon, Jeff had been a normal 27-year-old guy, looking forward to moving in with his girlfriend Erin. But when his life was turned upside down Jeff did not give up. Instead he faced his new circumstances with grace, humor, and a sense of purpose: he was determined, no matter what, to walk again. Bauman’s book describes the chaos and terror of the bombing and the ongoing FBI investigation in which he was a key witness as well as his rehabilitation, and his feelings of guilt and frustration.

One of our patrons recently returned “Otherwise Engaged” by Amanda Quick. They enjoyed the story which was written by an author who was unfamiliar to them. It begins as Amity Doncaster who is attacked on a London street in broad daylight. She barely escapes with her life after she is trapped in a carriage with a man in a black silk mask who whispers threats into her ear.  But the monster, known in the press as the Bridegroom, has left a trail of female victims. 

Mystery readers should enjoy, “The Silkworm” by Robert Galbraith. When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. When Quine is found brutally murdered under bizarre circumstances, it becomes a race against time to understand the motivation of a ruthless killer. 
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