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Nancy's Notes - June 5, 2014

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, Brothers Forever by Tom Sileo andTom Manion, Mrs. Hemingway by Naomi Wood.

“The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, /But in ourselves, that we are underlings.”  Of course, this is a quote by nobleman Cassius in the play, Julius Caesar (act 1, scene 2).  I bring this up now as the quote inspired the title of the New York bestseller book and the highly anticipated movie (June 6), The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.  A true tear jerker, the story takes place in Indianapolis, where sixteen year-old Hazel is dealing with a terminal cancer diagnosis.  While attending a support group for teens, she meets Augustus, whose own cancer is in remission.  A friendship forms and Augustus arranges for Hazel, her mother, and himself to travel to Amsterdam to meet the author of her favorite novel.  This proves to be a disappointing meeting as the famed author is little more than a mean-spirited drunk.  A story with surprising twists and turns, it proves to be an insightful, bold, funny, and tragic look at the business of being alive and in love. 

A new selection in our biographies is Brothers Forever.  Brothers in friendship only, Travis Manion and Brendan Looney are buried together after both were killed while in military action.  Travis is a fallen US Marine and Brendan is a fallen US Navy Seal.  They were killed 3 years apart, one while serving in Iraq, the other while serving in Afghanistan. Told by award-winning journalist Tom Sileo and Travis’s father, former Marine Colonel Tom Manion, it is the story of how the Naval Academy roommates defined a generation’s sacrifice after 9/11 and how Travis and Brendan’s loved ones overcame heartbreak to carry on their memory.  It is a story of friendship, family, heroism, the love of country, and war.

Mrs. Hemingway by Naomi Wood, is the latest novel to look at the love life of the most famous and dashing writer of his generation, Earnest Hemingway.  Hemingway had four wives: Hadley, Fife, Martha, and Mary.  Each Mrs. Hemingway thought their love would last forever; each one was wrong.  Told in four parts and based on real love letters and telegrams, Mrs. Hemingway reveals the explosive love triangles that wrecked each of Hemingway's marriages.  Spanning 1920’s bohemian Paris through 1960’s Cold War America, Mrs. Hemingway is a tale of love, passion, and heartbreak.

We have yet another new box of books in that we are processing now and are expecting another shipment in the next few weeks.  Stop in and see us.  We surely have something for your summer read.  Our hours are: Monday thru Wednesday-Noon to 8:00 p.m.; Thursday and Friday-10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Saturday- 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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